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.
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 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 purposes.
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.
• April 20, 2023 OHHA 2nd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. OHHA Offices, 2237 Sonora Drive., Grove City, Ohio.
• July 20, 2023 OHHA 3rd Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. Caesars Scioto Downs, 6000 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207 Three Diamonds Room.
• October 19, 2023 OHHA 4th Quarter Board of Directors' Meeting, General Session Meeting 11:00 a.m. 2237 Sonora Drive., Grove City, Ohio.
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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.