Columbus resident John Peterson has been coming to Ag Park for the horse racing since transferring to the city in 1990. He received hooked into attending the races because of relative.
“It is the environment. Friday nights, they often have massive crowds and low-cost beer in order that was all the time a superb draw,” Peterson stated. “I received a son-in-law who’s a coach, so he received me concerned that means.”
Peterson was one among tons of in attendance Saturday to witness the ultimate horse races at Ag Park. If the plan stays on monitor, the horse racing season will transfer to a 1-mile monitor on the Harrah’s On line casino challenge.
“I believed they might make an even bigger deal about it with this being the final one,” Peterson stated. “I am excited for the brand new mile monitor that is coming in on the west aspect of city.”
The bigger monitor is what Peterson is most trying ahead to.
“It is a mile monitor. It is the one one round right here,” he stated. “You are going to get higher horses, extra horses and greater purses.”
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Mary Beiermann, a Columbus resident for about 40 years, stated she was additionally excited in regards to the prospects that’ll include the brand new oval.
“Perhaps higher payout, extra horses and longer season,” Beiermann stated.
Saturday night time was Beiermann’s first race day she attended this summer time. She stated she usually tries to come back every year.
“It was the final night time and I lastly received any individual to come back with me,” Beiermann stated.
Beiermann’s daughter joined her at Ag Park as she was on the town from Colorado. She described her feelings of being among the many crowd for the ultimate night time of horse racing at Ag Park.
“It is bittersweet. I want they nonetheless run right here,” Beiermann stated. “I am type of anxious for the brand new monitor as properly.”
Daybreak Lafromboise skilled her first horse racing season at Ag Park this yr. She stated her associate was the one that labored the gates on the monitor this season.
Earlier than the Columbus horse racing season started, they have been in Grand Island for 4 months. They’re heading to Denver subsequent.
Lafromboise stated she was impressed with the group turnout. She stated she’s been to Turf Paradise in Phoenix when no person was there.
“I am glad to see there is a good turnout and there is nonetheless sufficient horse to do the races,” Lafromboise stated.
Columbus Exposition and Racing member Dan Clarey instructed The Telegram in Could that development on the race monitor have been going to be began this summer time. Clarey stated the racing floor could possibly be achieved within the fall with the opposite development getting underway in 2023.
Having been to quite a few tracks within the space, Lafromboise stated she’s desperate to see what the brand new one will appear to be.
“I heard they’re constructing a brand new one,” she stated. “We have had our likelihood to go round right here and we are able to inform it is a bit of bit older, so it is good to have a brand new one.”
Sam Ficarro is a reporter with The Columbus Telegram. Attain him through e mail at [email protected]