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Published: 9/16/2013


Raceway Park closes

The “railbirds” left the roost for good on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, ending a 55-year tradition of live harness racing in North Toledo, and leaving enthusiasts with one less outlet to place a bet. Raceway Park, which once drew 7,000 people for a night out at the races, went out with a decent crowd for its last hurrah. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE PHOTO, START SLIDESHOW.

Trainer Jim Ehrsam of Delta, with first-race winner Our Precious Sis, and Toledo mayor Mike Bell. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Trainer Jim Ehrsam of Delta, with first-race winner Our Precious Sis, and Toledo mayor Mike Bell.
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Race announcer Sam McKee memorizes the horses' names and numbers before calling race five, his first at Raceway Park since 1988. McKee, now of Blairstown, N.J., used to call races at Toledo's Raceway Park from 1983-88. He now calls at the Meadowlands. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Race announcer Sam McKee memorizes the horses' names and numbers before calling race five, his first at Raceway Park since ...
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Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley of Toledo, left, and associate judges Zack Stommen of Detroit, center and closest to the monitor, and Ryan Ratliff, of Wellington, Ohio, study the end of the race. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley of Toledo, left, and associate judges Zack Stommen of Detroit, center and ...
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Race announcer Sam McKee, now of Blairstown, N.J., used to call races at Toledo's Raceway Park from 1983-88. He now calls at the Meadowlands. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Race announcer Sam McKee, now of Blairstown, N.J., used to call races at Toledo's Raceway Park from 1983-88....
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Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley works during the race. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley works during the race.
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Nick Usakowski of Madison Heights, Mich., left, and James Kalopesis of Livonia, Mich., attend the final night. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Nick Usakowski of Madison Heights, Mich., left, and James Kalopesis of Livonia, Mich., attend the final night.
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U.S. Trotting Association's John Pawlak, left, speaks with Toledo mayor Mike Bell after the first race. Enlarge | Buy This Photo U.S. Trotting Association's John Pawlak, left, speaks with Toledo mayor Mike Bell after the first race.
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The Megan Lesle Band performs. From left: Devin Krueger, guitar; Toledo School for the Arts teacher Ken Zuercher, guitar; Scott Haffekamp, percussion; Katelyn Lesle, vocals; and her sister Megan Lesle, guitar. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Megan Lesle Band performs. From left: Devin Krueger, guitar; Toledo School for the Arts teacher Ken Zuercher, guitar; Scott ...
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Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley, left, and associate judge Zack Stommen watch the race. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ohio State Racing Commission presiding judge Bob Coberley, left, and associate judge Zack Stommen watch the race.
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Race announcer Sam McKee memorizes the horses' names and numbers before calling race five, his first at Raceway Park since 1988. McKee, now of Blairstown, N.J., used to call races at Toledo's Raceway Park from 1983-88. He now calls at the Meadowlands. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Race announcer Sam McKee memorizes the horses' names and numbers before calling race five, his first at Raceway Park since ...
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