Many people have watched as the Broadway Commons was transformed from a parking lot into a $400 million casino complex that is planning to open its doors to the public next Monday.What they may not have noticed is that the casino project has transformed the long-neglected neighborhood of Pendleton, just across Reading Road from Horseshoe Casino.
Turfway Park and Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino are partnering in an attempt to boost attendance and attract big name race horses to its premier event.
Turfway Marketing Director Jack Gordon says the casino is investing more than $150,000 to bring the Spiral Stakes purse to $550,000.
"When that purse structure goes up at your property, bigger horses - it really gains more popularity out there in the horse industry - go to those races that have the bigger purses," says Gordon.
The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is scheduled to open its doors March 4th. City officials and others gathered Tuesday morning near the site to celebrate infrastructure improvements near the Downtown location. Mayor Mark Mallory said the work is the result of a collaboration between the city, the casino and nearby residents.“There’s a lot of work that has gone into making sure that this facility fits the community,” Mallory said. “That the operators of the casino understand what this community is all about and they do.”