Beulah, Horsemen Have Temporary Deal

Beulah Park has restored purse levels as management and horsemen negotiate.

Beulah Park and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have “agreed to disagree” on contractual issues, but a temporary agreement has allowed the track to restore previous purse levels and export its signal.

Beulah Park cut purses 46% the week of Oct. 19, with a minimum purse of $2,500. Purses are back up to levels advertised in the first condition book effective Oct. 28.

The dispute centers on revenue and source-market fees from advance deposit wagering. Beulah Park general manager Mike Weiss said Oct. 25 issues regarding horsemen’s approval for export of the track’s signal were put aside but will be the subject of future negotiations.

“We agreed to disagree,” Weiss said.

Beulah Park canceled several days of racing but continued to take entries. The track then offered live racing but didn’t send its signal outside of Ohio.

Because of that, total handle on a recent day didn’t top $50,000. Interstate handle is important to the track’s purse account.

Whether Beulah Park will open for live racing in January 2009 remains to be seen; horsemen and the track haven’t agreed on racing dates, and now have until mid-November to present a deal for approval by the Ohio State Racing Commission.