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News:

December 29, 2023.  Effective January 8, 2024 all Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID) therapeutics including Phenylbutazone and Flunixin Meglumine  will be treated the same for penalty purposes, as a placing violation, return of the purse, and fine.

 

December 28, 2023.  Ohio State Racing Commission licenses expire December 31, 2023.  Licenses must be renewed to race by January 1, 2023 at MGM Northfield and January 3, 2023 at Miami Valley Gaming.  Failure to be properly licensed may result in a fine or suspension.  Trainers may still obtain a single temporary license for Owners.

 

November 14, 2023. The OHHA Equine Disaster Benevolent Trustees approved a $5,000 donation to go to the Southern Tier Harness Horseman's Association for disaster relief support related to the Tioga Downs barn fire that occurred on November 9, 2023.

 

November 14, 2023.  Ever want to know what it is like to ride in the Mike Woepkenberg starting gate?  Click to read a first-hand account feature article written by ex-professional Hall of Fame baseball player Hal McCoy.

 

November 12, 2023 To assist with Tioga horsemen's donations. The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association has requested monetary donations be sent to them for best-use at, STHHA, PO Box 9 Nicols, NY 13812 note fire relief in the memo. Ohio Tack and equipment donations can be dropped to onsite Track Reps by Monday November 13th at MGM Northfield or Thursday, November 16th at Dayton Raceway for pickup and delivery to Tioga.

 

November 10, 2023 Would you like help the Outreach and Public Relations team here as an Outreach and Public Relations Assistant? The position is listed here and will remain open on a rolling basis until filled.

 

October 25, 2023 The 2024 Stallion Directory submissions for the Advertising Pages and Pedigree Page Reservations must be submitted by November 15, 2023, click the links for the fill-in forms.

 

September 16, 2023 Ohio Select Sale Live, Ohio Sired Yearlings for sale online at 10:00 a.m. from the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Event Center.  Live action can be found here!

 

July 6, 2023 three-light warning system effective in Ohio.  When an incident or accident occurs on the racetrack red means no contest or accident that requires you to safety and quickly exit the racetrack.  Yellow light proceed with caution.  Green, all clear.  Lights are in effect from the time the ambulance is on property and active.

 

July 5, 2023 Looking forward to Ohio Sired Stakes Race Finals and Consolations, see this Ohio Sired Staking Eligibility Guide to help make the job of managing your horse a little easier.

 

June 25, 2023 The OHHA office is growing again, if you have the skill-set for administrative support and enjoy working as a team to help support and coordinate Association efforts, check out a new position for an Assistant Director posted here. Resumes must provide salary detail and be received by 5:00 p.m. July 14, 2023. [update-position closed].

 

May 30, 2023 The United States Trotting Association has removed the Spyder 3D from the approved sulky list pending investigation of the model.  Updated approved sulky list is found here. Note that Ohio racing rules and  OHHA sulky coverage on a sulky extend to USTA approved sulkies only.

 

May 19, 2023 Open position in Outreach and Public Relations, check out details and information to apply here, rolling deadline until filled [update-position closed].

 

April 2, 2023 Would you like to be one of Ohio's on-air personalities, create a buzz, and help drive wagering?  Join the team here as the Outreach and Public Relations Ambassador, position listed here, [update-position closed].

 

March 22, 2023 the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has released recommendations for withdrawal times on common therapeutics for thoroughbreds under HISA.  We are providing this for informational purposes only.  No standardbred racing state has opt-ed harness racing into HISA as-of this date, but this is what racing under HISA would look like for medication and testing purposes.

 

March 15, 2023 the Ohio State Racing Commission submitted two rules for approval with the Common Sense Initiative. If that process proceeds normally the rules will be effective in about 90 days.  We will update with an effective date after the CSI process concludes.  Rule 3769-14-34 is being changed to require a Judge that doesn't agree with a majority ruling to write the minority opinion report and submit it to the Racing Commission.  Rule 3769-16-29 provides direction on a new safety protocol for a three-light warning system, when a race is to be declared a no-contest, and horses are to stop racing for safety purpose effective July 2023.

 

March 3, 2023  The Ohio Revised Code bases eligibility for resulting foals in a breeding season ONLY for stallions that are registered before breeding a mare, have stood the entire season in Ohio, and remained in Ohio for the entire season under RC 3769.085.  In pertinent part: "Colts and fillies eligible to the races shall be only those sired by a standardbred stallion that was registered with the state racing commission and stood in the state the entire breeding season of the year the colt or filly was conceived.”

 

The Ohio State Racing Commission has concluded that any Flex the Muscle 2023 foals are not eligible for Ohio Sired stakes events due to the invalidation of his Ohio Stallion Registration upon leaving the State in May 2022.

 

Archived News and Announcements Click Here

 

Events:

• April 18, 2024  OHHA 2nd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. 2237 Sonora Drive., Grove City, Ohio.

 

• July 23, 2024  OHHA 3rd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. 2237 Sonora Drive., Grove City, Ohio.

 

• October 17, 2024  OHHA 4th Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. 2237 Sonora Drive., Grove City, Ohio.

 

• January 17-18, 2025 OHHA 1st Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Annual Meeting, and Annual Banquet.

• Membership

Benefits and Insurance - Aetna-Meritain Plan Details

• Ohio Stakes Race Nominations, Forms, and Points, includes resources for Fair Grant, forms and Reports.

• Fair Livestream Broadcast and Free Programs

• Ohio Breeder's Awards

• Resource Guide

Publications: Newsletters, Buckeye Harness Horsemen Magazine, Ohio Stallion Directory, and Advertise in the Stallion Directory

2023  Ohio Registered Stallions and Historical List of Ohio Stallions by Year.

Youth Scholarship Application - Check back for 2024 soon!

• Groom Award

• Ohio Legislative

PACER

• In Memoriam

• Caesars Grandstand Update

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.

 

OHHA Text Blast: Subscribe to the OHHA Text Blast Service:  Text OHHA to  1-888-808-1507 to sign-up for Ohio’s standardbred industry updates and emergency messages.

 

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.

 

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. 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 and helmets are mandatory when seated behind a horse on the racetrack.

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Ohio Fantasy League - November 3rd Final Results are posted!

 

Podcast: "Top of the Stretch" "Top of the Stretch" is a podcast from the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association that looks at harness racing in the Buckeye state with Hosts, Roger Huston and Frank Fraas.

 

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• April 18, 2024  OHHA 2nd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting,

• July 23, 2024  OHHA 3rd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting,