NEWS and EVENTS

News:

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.

 

August 18, 2021 Eldorado live racing update.  Thursday live racing (8.19.21) canceled. Modifications are underway for Friday (8.20.21) live racing to go forward.  Eldorado management is optimistic that the modifications will be completed in time for Friday’s races. Any difficulties in completing the modifications by post-time may result in the cancellation of Friday’s card.  If canceled the Ohio Sires Stakes races scheduled for Friday will be contested at 4:15 p.m. as non-betting races prior to the Saturday live racing card.

 

We are optimistic that racing will continue at Eldorado's to the end of the regularly scheduled live meet without any more disruption.  But then again, this is Ohio…wait five minutes the weather changes and that gets us more cancellations than we would like too!

 

August 3, 2021 Be aware that the Ohio rules regarding Lasix use and certification are being strictly enforced by the Racing Commission for horses leaving the state, racing in no Lasix states or races, and returning.

 

The rules appear in R.C. 3769-18-01, interpreted by the OSRC as follows.  If you have a horse certified for Lasix and race on Lasix, they must remain on Lasix for 90 days before being taken off.  If you take a horse off of Lasix after 90 days, the removal is to be reported to the Presiding Judge at the racetrack you are entering at to race off of Lasix.  If you want to put the horse back on Lasix after removal, the 30 day rule to race without Lasix remains in effect, and you must re-certify the horse for Lasix after the 30 day period.  The 30 days from removal off Lasix are counted from the day after the horse raced off Lasix.  If your horse raced July 1st off Lasix you must race off Lasix until July 31st.  The fine for violators is up-to $1,000 depending on the factors at play.

 

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Events:

• 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 Meeting, USTA District One Meeting, and Annual Banquet.  Full Details Here.

 

Nominate by November 1, 2021 for an Annual Meeting Award, forms are linked below:

• Terry Holton Youth Award

• Dick Brandt Extra Effort Award

• Caretaker of the Year

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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.