Ohio Tracks, Horsemen Have Account-Bet Deal

Racetracks and horsemen in Ohio have signed an agreement that allows River Downs to offer its signal to account-wagering services effective Sept. 2, a track official said.

Management at Beulah Park and River Downs have been at odds with the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association over source-market fees from account wagering. Because of that, the River Downs signal was pulled from account-wagering services Aug. 15.

Beulah Park general manager Mike Weiss said he couldn't offer details of the agreement but noted it was reached in time for River Downs' biggest weekend. The track will run the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 3, and the $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes for 2-year-olds closing day, Sept. 5.

"It wasn't anything that drastic," Weiss said of the deal. "We just ended up sitting down and coming to an agreement."

The deal also affects Beulah Park, which opens Sept. 24. Weiss said the track was prepared to put out a condition book with lower purses because of the projected loss of account-wagering handle. That no longer is necessary.

Beulah Park and River Downs are the majority owners of AmericaTAB, the account wagering service with an Oregon hub.