Day At The Track

Electrical outage cancels Miami Valley opening

02:02 PM 08 Feb 2014 NZDT
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There was a packed house for Miami Valley Raceway's grand opening
Photo by Jim Miller, Jr.

It was a racetrack's opening night nightmare come true.

An apparent power outage that could not be fixed caused the cancelation of the the opening night harness racing card at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio.

Hopefully the track will be able to have the problem fixedin time for Saturday nights program.

None of the 11 pari-mutuel races were able to be held. It was not know as of press time if the outage was confined to just the racetrack or it was a local electrical program. There was a packed house of racing fans for the Grand Opening.

World champion harness driver Dave Palone, who drove from Pittsburgh, PA to Lebanon, was getting near the track when he was called.

"I had raced all afternoon at the Meadows," Palone said. "And jumped in my car and started driving to Ohio. I promised their race secretary, Gregg Keidel, that I would come out and drive Friday and Saturday for their opening weekend. I was 20 minutes from the track when Gregg called me and told me what happened. I really feel bad for him and the management at the track. You never want to see something like this happen.

"I am going to stay overnight and then hopefully drive there Saturday night," Palone said. "And I hope everything will be fine tomorrow. I can now look forward to getting a good steak, provided the restaurants in the area have power, instead of driving in five degree weather tonight."

Officials could not be reached for comment.

Post time at Miami Valley Raceway for Saturday's program begins at 6:30 pm.

by Steve Wolf for


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