Harrah's, the casino company that is co-owner with Keeneland of Turfway Park, has won the bid for Thistledown Race Track near Cleveland, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and racing-industry publications.
According to anonymous sources, Harrah's bid $43 million for the track, which was being sold as part of Magna's bankruptcy reorganization. Harrah's had previously agreed to buy the track for $89.5 million, but that sale, scheduled for 2009, fell through after state courts said that a plan to give Ohio racetracks slots had to go before voters in November.
Last year, Ohio voters approved four standalone casinos, two of which will be run by Penn National. Penn National reportedly was the under-bidder on Tuesday for Thistledown.