Dennis Baul of East Greenville said, "its beautiful. I just can`t wait ‘til its ready and they bring the slot machines in. They`ve done a major renovation. Its gorgeous all the work they`ve done." The new facility is undergoing a major renovation after Mohegan Sun purchased the track in January 2005 for $280-million from Penn National. Robert Soper, President And CEO, said, "this is the beginning of what`s to come. This shows just a glimpse of what the future holds here." The plans include a 400,000 square-foot gaming and entertainment complex with slot machines, dining, shopping and nightlife. So far Mohegan sun has crossed the finish line on several projects in the works, including a new simulcast facility and upgrades in nearly every aspect of the downs. Steve Mackle from Honesdale said, "you`re going to get horsemen from all over and the level of competition will rise up to the challenge. I think it will be a good meet for them this year." Carol Veglia from Hazleton added, "you can see the area starting to blossom with different business and hotel, there`s been a big change up here, a big change." Although Mohegan is still waiting on the state for a conditional Gaming License for the planned 2,000 slot machines, their gamble to have afternoon races seems to be paying off. "Nothing better than sitting out on a beautiful day out in the mountains watching the ponies run," said Baul. "I think they`ll set records with crowds here, like back in the old days when they used to race all the time," added Mackle.