Raceway Park was built in the early 50’s by the Jechura family and was originally a car track. In 1959 the track was converted to a thoroughbred track, and in 1962 the first harness race was run on the 5/8 mile oval. Over the years, harness racing champions such as Ramblin’ Willie, Mack Lobell and Shady Daisy have competed at the north Toledo oval, and well known horsemen such as Chuck Sylvester, John Campbell, Carl Allen, Doug Ackerman and Chris Boring have raced here.
In 1988, “Shake” Jechura sold Raceway Park to the partnership of Arnold Stansley, Cheri Lenavitt & Jack Lenavitt. That trio presided over Raceway Park during an era that saw Grand Circuit racing and full-card simulcasting come to Toledo. Raceway Park also established Ohio’s first and only off-track betting parlor, Cedar Downs, during their tenure. In 2005, the track was purchased by Penn National Gaming, Inc., which is an owner/operator of racetracks and casinos throughout North America.
The track also features multiple legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes.
Raceway Park has been providing fun & exciting entertainment for all ages for many, many years. We thank everyone who supports Raceway Park and hope that you find your experience an enjoyable one every time you visit!