December 15, 2021 Ohio State Racing Commission Directive modifies effective date for mandatory safety vest use effective March 1, 2022. Anyone on the track with a horse must wear one, including outriders. When driving or warming up horses the vest must be worn underneath racing colors. Horse racing certified safety vest manufacturer Tipperary Equestrian will provide OHHA Members a discount and free shipping, details to follow on discount. See below the various standards that are recommended:


Safety Vests must comply with one of the following minimum standards or later revisions:

(a)   British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA):2000 Level 1

(b)  Euro Norm (EN) 13158:2000 Level 1

(c)   American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2681-08 or F1937.

(d)  Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA) Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3

(e)   Australian Racing Board (ARB) Standard 1.1998

A safety helmet or a safety vest shall not be altered in any manner nor shall the product marking be removed or defaced.


December 9, 2021 Ohio State Racing Commission announces effective January 1, 2022 Head numbers will be eliminated at pari-mutuel racetracks.  Fairs can retain head numbers by application.  Also announced effective as-of January 1, 2022 Safety vests are mandatory when seated behind a horse on the racetrack.


December 8, 2021 MGM Northfield Conditioned Mini Series announced for classes written weekly from December 18, 2021 to January 5, 2022, full details here.


November 25, 2021 Hollywood Dayton Mini Series announced for all classes written weekly from December 2-23, 2021, full details here.


November 17, 2021 Ohio State Racing Commission Agenda Item 9, Caesars Grandstand Update.


October 25, 2021.  Love harness racing and want to join our dynamic outreach and public-relations team full-time?  We are looking for another, Publications, Marketing, and Outreach Assistant.  Submit your resume and salary expectations to: by 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2021. Submissions must include salary expectation for consideration.


October 20, 2021 Ohio State Racing Commission meeting Caesars Eldorado Grandstand Update.


September 20, 2021 Ohio Attorney General David Yost has filed an Amicus Brief into the Kentucky Horseracing Integrity and Safety case, Oklahoma v. United States (5:21-cv-00104-JMH).  Yost joins the USTA, HBPA, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, and Nebraska in opposing the constitutionality of HISA.


September 8, 2021 Ohio State Racing Commission meeting Caesars Eldorado Grandstand Update.



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• October 21, 2021  OHHA October 4th Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m.


• January 14-15, 2022 OHHA 1st Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Annual Meeting, and Annual Banquet.  Full Details Here.


2021 Divisional and Horse of the Year Charlie May

2021 Divisional Winners to be honored on January 15, 2022 at the OHHA  Annual Banquet



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Attention Horsemen:

All date-based deadlines:  All date based programs in Ohio (stakes nominations, scholarship applications, feature race grant applications, capital improvement grant applications, breeder's award mare registrations, etc.) all follow the same date deadline protocol.  Receipt at the OHHA Office by close-of-business on the deadline date, or official U. S. Postal Service postmark ONLY.  Either is acceptable for deadline date receipt proof.  Note.  One common misconception is a metered mail date is a postmark.  It is not.  A postmark is an imprint put on by the USPS Office that accepted the mail.  The postmark date is the only date on mailed items that is used to determine whether mail was sent on or before a deadline date.  We recommend you personally witness the postmark being placed on your envelope if you mail near or on the deadline date.  If received after the deadline date, a postmark is after the deadline date, or is missing, the submission is considered late and will be returned.


Negative Coggins Test: A horse’s Coggins must be valid at the time of entry in Ohio racetracks and fairs.  Check your Coggins test expiration date.  If your Coggins is valid at the time of entry and expires at the time of racing the horse will be scratched if you do not provide the valid Coggins negative test result to the race office prior to the race date.  In addition to the scratch, the trainer will be subjected to a minimum $200 OSRC fine for a rule violation under 3769-15-30!  Please make sure all horse’s Coggins Tests are up-to-date upon entry and will remain so through race day!


OSS Allowance:  Under Rule 4 there is no allowance on time for two-year-olds. The OSS qualifying times are as listed under Rule 4, “Requirements to Start”. For added information check the Official OSS Conditions.


For those racing in nearby Kentucky.  As passed by the Kentucky Racing Commission in April 2020, Effective October 25, 2020 Kentucky moved therapeutic medications off the ARCI thresholds to zero tolerance or "level of detection" for a violation.  That includes therapeutics, Triamcinolone, Betamethasone, Diclofenac (Surpass), Firocoxib. Note also that Lasix use was prohibited in 2 year-olds in 2020 and "stakes races" in 2021.