By Bill Finley

They seemed to have everything in place last night at Miami Valley for a big inaugural card. Everything, that is, but lights. And so Miami Valley went dark on opening night.

The sport’s newest harness track closed before it opened as racing was canceled last night at Miami Valley due to a power failure.

The card was set to begin at 6:30, but about 15 minutes prior to the first race the lights started to go out. It was announced to the crowd that racing could not begin until auxiliary generators could be started. Eventually, management gave up and called off the night’s races around 8 pm. Last night’s scheduled card will be held Wednesday.

Miami Valley had hoped to open with a bang as it had attracted Dave Palone for the first night. With Palone joining Ohio drivers Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble the program featured the three leading dash wining drivers from each of the last three years.

Miami Valley was built to replace Lebanon Raceway and to give owners a better facility to take advantage of laws legalizing racetrack slots.