LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN)- Horse-racing fans crowded around the TVs at Miami Valley Gaming tonight to watch the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday night, many cheering for Springboro’s own Danza to take home the crown.
“Came to bet on the horses. This is my first time here to bet on this Derby. I’ve never really watched it,” says Jamie Koehler.
“It was pretty good. I think I did alright. I’m going to go cash in here in a minute,” comments Gary Yocum.
While some watched California Chrome win the run for the roses inside; other were outside, to view the final day of live harness racing.
The racino saw a big boost in business Saturday.
A crowd of about 16,000 came out to get in on the action.
“We’ve had a huge crowd out here to enjoy the Kentucky Derby. Part of our ownership is Churchill Downs, so we’ve got a great connection there. This and probably New Years Eve will be our biggest days,” says Jeff Nelson of Miami Valley Gaming.
Miami Valley Gaming opened its doors in December.
The weather may have been cold but the racino has received a warm welcome form the community.
“It was a little cold this year and I think anybody you ask will tell you that. Outside of that, when we’ve had good weather, it’s been very good. :35
Miami Valley Gaming also gave away tickets to the Kentucky Derby to some of last month’s big winners.