Racino goes black during harness racing debut

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - It was supposed to be grand opening night for horse racing at the new racino in Lebanon, but things didn't exactly go as planned.

About 15 minutes before the first race, the power went out.

Everyone waited and waited to hoping to see some action on the tracks but they'll have to wait one more day. Maintenance crews tried to use backup generators to turn on the lights but that didn't work. Guests couldn't even place bets because the machines were down.

The majority of the power did come back on just before 8 p.m. However, in the end, racino officials say they didn't want to risk another outage especially with horses and drivers on the track.

Officials say they don't know why the power went out, and customers tried to be patient, but in the end many say it was a wasted night.

"Not good for business but I've been out here several times and this is the third time that the power has gone down and it's always on a Friday night so don't come on a Friday night," said racino guest Mike West.

Racino officials say all the bets will be refunded or they'll still be valid for when Friday's card runs next Wednesday.

"We didn't foresee anything like this of course being a possibility and that's why we have our maintenance team really trying to find out what the core cause was," said Jeff Nelson with Miami Valley Gaming.

More than 60 days of racing are planned through May once the first race officially kicks off.

The first race is now set for Saturday evening at 6:30 and they hope to have all the problems fixed.