Penn National Gaming Inc., parent company of Penn National Race Course, entered into a joint venture ownership agreement with Maxxam, the parent company of Sam Houston Race Park, in 2011.
“Eric brings a strong foundation of both racing and management experience to this position. He has had to be creative in recent years at Sam Houston due to the intense regional racing competition but the program is always one of the more highly regarded in the country,” said Christopher McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. “In addition, Eric knows the Mid Atlantic region and is passionate about racing—a great combination to help Penn National going into the future.”
“I am extremely excited about this next chapter in my racing career. While it will be difficult to leave Sam Houston after 20 years, I am looking forward to working with the talented staff at Penn National and helping to elevate a great racing product to the next level,” said Johnston.
Johnston, who is scheduled to begin his duties at Penn National in early April, succeeds Dan Silver, who left Penn National in January to become director of television and interactive platforms for the New York Racing Association.