A decrease in handle in Ohio so far this year has led the Ohio State Racing Commission to reduce funding for the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund.
The Ohio State Racing Commission, subject of an investigation by the state Office of Inspector General, has agreed to allocate funds to expand the scope of its customary audit. The more detailed audit will look closely at issues raised in the probe.
The Ohio State Racing Commission Feb. 19 deferred action on a request from the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to withhold Thoroughbred signals that originate in the state from account wagering companies. It scheduled a hearing for March 1 to further discuss the issue.
Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Luther Heckman has resigned in the wake of a state investigation into commission activities.
Cliff Nelson, executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission since 1987 and an employee of the commission for more than 30 years, will retire effective Jan. 31.
A two-month shutdown of Beulah Park was averted Dec. 18 when the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and track management agreed to at least negotiate revenue splits from account wagering. If no deal is in place by Feb. 10, horsemen will withdraw permission for Ohio's live racing product to be sent to account-betting providers.
Due to a snafu by a racing official at River Downs earlier in the meet, River Downs will attempt to remedy the situation by "seeding" an exacta pool with $5,000 in the last race on the last Friday (Aug. 29) of the meet.
The Ohio State Racing Commission has requested the connections of the 3-year-old fillies Sing High Sing Low and Mountain of Light attend its July meeting in the wake of a case of mistaken identity in the 13th race at River Downs May 30.
Ohio State Racing Commission officials said June 11 an investigation into the circumstances behind a race in which the wrong horse competed and finished last as the favorite at River Downs near Cincinnati revealed it was a mistake with no fraudulent intent.
Officials with Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, said May 22 all systems are go on its purchase by MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in West Virginia.
The general manager at River Downs in Ohio said more than $7 million in purse revenue generated at the racetrack has gone to other tracks in the state the past 4 1/2 years through a formula that disperses dark-day simulcasting funds.
Beulah Park and Scioto Downs, both located in the Columbus market, will be open year-round for simulcasting, though Ohio law will limit the schedule on certain days.
Though dubbed as “the great American harness race,” the Little Brown Jug may be a tad short on respect in its home state of Ohio, at least in terms of the simulcast of the Sept. 21 event.
Having failed to renew an agreement that has kept them from competing against each other for simulcasting dollars, two Ohio racetracks located only five miles apart seem poised to go head-to-head in 2001 in a battle that could prove bloody.
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