Racino near Cleveland on target to open in April

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio (AP) — Renovations are moving along at a suburban Cleveland horse track that's adding a new way to gamble.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/10DjDv7 ) reports that Thistledown Racino is set to open in early April with more than 1,000 video lottery terminals that function like slot machines.

Rock Ohio Caesars is spending $88 million on the renovations at the track in North Randall, southeast of Cleveland.

The gaming floor will have specialty restaurants, a food court, bar and a nightlife area with entertainment.

One racino in the state — at Scioto Downs in Columbus — is already operating. Six others are in various stages of licensing and construction.

An anti-gambling group is challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) authority to allow the slots-like video lottery terminals at the state's seven horse tracks.

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