Since 1959, the track was opened as the first racino in Ohio, located on route 23 and less than 10 miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio, and approximately 25 minutes by car to Columbus International Airport. Its name now is Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs, which was formerly named Scioto Downs Racino.
The track was sold to MTR Gaming Group in 2003, and they merged with Eldorado Resorts in 2014. The casino in the track was opened on June 1, 2012, and brought over 2,100 of the most popular Video Lottery Terminal games (commonly known as “Slots”) to Central Ohio and was annexed from Hamilton Township, Franklin County, Ohio, operated by MTR Gaming Group. In May 2013, the track introduced a live outdoor summer music concert series with national acts, primarily in country, rock, and blues genres.
In March 2020, it was shut down due to state-mandated Covid 19 restrictions. One year later, Scioto Downs had record-breaking revenues in March 2021 after all restrictions were lifted.
The track is a 5/8-mile oval dirt harness racing track with a 539 feet home stretch. Its grandstand can accommodate up to 10,000 people, while the clubhouse area can host 2,400. The casino is 117,000 square feet (10,900 m2), with over 2,200 VLTs. It also offers a year-round horse racing simulcast room, live harness racing from May to September, and an all-around entertainment venue that hosts live outdoor music concerts focused on rock, blues, and country music. The stable area can house up to 840 horses, while the parking lot can hold over 4,000 cars.