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Racing Season Wraps Up At Presque Isle Downs & Casino

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The horses were chomping at the bit for the last time this season at Presque Isle Downs and Casino. Racing for the year officially come to an end on Thursday.

"It means the end of another season which is sad because summer's over," said Kelly Angelo, of Painesville, OH.
 
This year, the racing schedule changed a bit. Races were held Sunday through Thursday, taking Friday and Saturday off. Fans who come out to the races weighed in on the changes.

"I just retired, I can come any time I want now, but before it was only on Sunday to sneak out, so it made it rough," said Ed Harris, of Willoughby, OH. "Saturday used to be a good day to come."

"I don't really have any thoughts on it," said Robert Grant, of Jackson Center, PA. "They do what they do, we just live with the rules, that's all. No big deal."

While the reaction to the change from fans of horse racing was a bit mixed, we're told the schedule change actually generated more revenue this year.

"It was perfect, just great," said Tracie Smith, Racing Secretary. "Our handle was up, it seemed to make the locals happy."

"The mutual handle has been up dramatically from last year, and we get good crowds out here," said John Bourke, who owns and trains three horses. 
     
Bourke said there were a couple of nights over the summer when the handle was over $1,000,000. 

The final races, for many, were bittersweet.

"It's unfortunate they're closing so early. I bet we could go into October and have a lot more  quality racing."

"It's sad to go because we love the area, but all good things must come to an end."   

It's safe bet to say that everyone is looking forward to next season already.

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