Ohio Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. An “ACCREDITED OHIO THOROUGHBRED HORSE” means a horse conceived in this state and born in this state which is both:
(a) Born of a mare that is domiciled in this state at time of the horse’s conception, that remains continuously in the state through the date on which the horse is born, and that is registered as required by the rules of the State Racing Commission; registered with the State Racing Commission,
(b) By a stallion that stands for breeding purposes only, in this state in the year in which the horse is conceived and that is registered as required by the rules of the State Racing Commission.

2. An “OHIO FOALED HORSE” means a horse registered as required by the rules of the State Racing Commission which is either of the following:
(a) A horse born of a mare that enters this state before foaling & remains continuously in this state until the horse is born;
(b) A thoroughbred foal produced within the state by any broodmare shipped into the state to foal and be bred to a registered Ohio stallion. To qualify this foal as an Ohio Foaled Horse, the Broodmare must remain in Ohio one year continuously after foaling or continuously through foaling to the cover of Ohio Stallion, whichever is sooner.

FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH (#2), THE TERM “ENTERS” SHALL MEAN PHYSICAL ARRIVAL IN THIS STATE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 15TH OF THE YEAR IN WHICH A FOAL IS CONCEIVED.

All horses previously registered as Ohio conceived and foaled will be considered as Ohio foaled horses effective January 1, 1976, as provided in division (A) (2) of section 3769.083 of the Revised Code. All horses registered as Ohio-conceived, and foaled will be considered as Ohio-foaled effective January 1, 2014, as provided in paragraph (F) of this rule.

An “Ohio-bred” for the purpose of these conditions means one registered with the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund. These conditions are subject to interpretation, review and revision at any time by the Ohio State Racing Commission. All decisions made by the Ohio State Racing Commission with respect to these rules & regulations shall be final.
You do not have to be an Ohio Resident to own an Ohio Registered Thoroughbred to participate in the Ohio Program.

OHIO THOROUGHBRED RACE FUND
2016 Rules and Conditions

Eligibility: To qualify for Ohio Thoroughbred Fund Money in 2016, Horses Must Be Registered Under The Ohio Thoroughbred Fund Program.

Conditions:

1. All Ohio-funded stakes races must go if there are five or more separate betting interests. The Race Secretary shall request uncoupling for common betting interests. The Ohio State Racing Commission may, in its discretion, uncouple the common betting interests.

If an Ohio-funded stakes race draws four or fewer separate betting interests and the track elects not to permit wagering on this race, the race will be run as an exhibition and the purse will be dropped to Ohio Fund Money. Any Ohio-funded stakes race scheduled at one mile on the main dirt track will move to the next available longer distance if more than eight horses are entered.

All Ohio-funded stakes race nomination blanks will read as follows: A fee of $50 each shall accompany the nomination. Entry fees shall be 1% of the State’s share of the total purse, which shall be due at the time of entry. An additional fee of 0.65% of the gross purse will be required to start. Nominating and entry fees shall be returned to excluded horses.

All Ohio-funded stakes races will be funded as follows: 35% from the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund and 65% from the horsemen’s purse fund.

2. No Ohio Thoroughbred Fund Stake will be split. All Ohio Thoroughbred Fund stakes that have more entries than the starting gate will hold will be drawn under the following guidelines:

(A) Horses with the highest earnings in the year of the stake as calculated at time of closing and preceding year are preferred;

(B) When an Ohio Thoroughbred Fund Stake has more entries than the starting gate will hold, there shall be sixteen horses drawn into a race on the dirt and fourteen for the turf. At scratch time if one or both horses with the lowest earnings should draw in they will race from their assigned post positions at time of draw. Nominating and entry fees will be returned to owners of excluded horses;

(C) Scratch time for all Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund stakes shall be at the normal time of the track hosting the race;

(D) A horse may be nominated to more than one Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund stake on the same race day, and may be entered in more than one Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund stake, but must declare in only one stake by normal scratch time of the host track;

(E) In order to enter a horse in any Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund stake race a horse shall have but not limited to:

  1. The required number of published workouts;
  2. A gate card;
  3.  Be tattooed.

(F) Purse Distribution for Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund races:
1st–60% 2nd–20% 3rd–10% 4th–5% 5th–3% 6th – 2%.

3. The following stakes races shall be known as the “Best of Ohio Series” and shall be funded as follows:

State Share: $262,500  Horsemen’s Share: $487,500  Total Purse: $750,000

Each Stake race shall consist of a maximum of 14 horses, eligibility to be determined by money earned. Eligible horses racing at least once in Ohio during 2016 credited with 2015 and 2016 earnings. Non-starters in Ohio during 2016 credited with 2016 earnings only. Should horses tie for eligibility, the following order will be used to determine participation: (a) Horses with the highest total earnings in the year of Stake and preceding year; and
(b) Lottery.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – $150,000 each- Mahoning Valley
J.W. Galbreath 2 yr. old fillies; Juvenile 2 yr. old colts; Sprint, Distaff, Endurance

4. Ohio overnight races must be written in the following categories:

a. 2-year-olds;
b. 2-year-old fillies;
c. 3-year-olds;
d. 3-year-old fillies;
e. 3-year-old and up; and
f. 3-year-old and up fillies/mares.

5. Two-year-olds shall not be required to carry more than 122 lbs.

6. At least 50 per cent of all overnight races must be written for fillies.

7. Should any fund overnight race fail to be contested due to insufficient entries, the lists of entries made in such race shall immediately be posted in a conspicuous place on the Horsemen’s Bulletin Board. Failure to do so shall be grounds for penalties or sanctions by the Commission.

8. At least one Ohio-funded overnight race shall be scheduled on every day of racing at each track. At his discretion, each Racing Secretary may schedule more than one Ohio-funded race each day, taking into consideration the total amount of overnight money and supplement money allotted in 2016 versus the total number of race days per year at each track. Overnight and supplement allotments for 2016 are as follows:

Belterra Park

  • Days – 93
  • Allotment – $823,804
  • Percentage – 31.8%

Mahoning Valley

  • Days – 100
  • Allotment – $883,388
  • Percentage – 34.1%

Thistledown

  • Days – 100
  • Allotment – $883,388
  • Percentage –  34.1%

Total

  • Days – 293
  • Allotment – $2,590,580

9. In all overnight fund races, the amount of the purse put up by the track (Horsemen’s purse fund) must be at least equal to the amount of contribution from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund. In no event may the track’s share of the purse be less than the amount the track would normally pay for the same class of race.

10. Ohio maiden races for 2-year-olds must be written starting June 1, and shall then be written at least every 18 calendar days at each track.  Ohio maiden special weight races for 3-year-olds and up must be written at least every 18 calendar days at each track beginning on the first day of 2016 racing season. Ohio allowance races for non-winners of two, non-winners of three, non-winners of four shall be written every at least every 18 calendar days at each track. An Ohio allowance for other than lifetime conditions shall be written every 30 calendar days at each track. Ohio claiming races for maiden, non winners of two, non winners of three and open shall be written at least every 30 calendar days at each track.

Racing Secretaries must send proof copies of condition books to members of the Commission and Advisory Committee 10 days prior to the printing of said condition book.

11. All Ohio-funded non-claiming races, scheduled on the main track, must go if there are six or more betting interests. Any such races scheduled on the turf must go if there are ten or more betting interests. All Ohio-funded non-condition claiming races shall be used with 8 or more betting interests. Registered Ohio-breds shall be preferred in all claiming races after any condition eligibility preference has been observed. If an Ohio-funded overnight race draws more entries than the gate will accommodate, the race may be split. The Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund share of the purse may be split accordingly.

12. All Ohio-funded maiden non-claiming races shall be split when there are sufficient entries for each division to contain at least eight separate betting interests. The Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund share of the purse may be split accordingly.

13. In the event an adequate number of Ohio Accredited horses are entered in any Ohio-funded overnight race, the Racing Secretary may request approval from the Executive Director of the Commission to split the race into an Ohio-Accredited and an Ohio-foaled race.

14. The following schedule shall be used for all Ohio overnight races:

ALLOWANCE WITH LIFETIME CONDITIONS: The Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund will provide the following to each purse for the following categories:

a. Maiden (non-claiming) – $7,500
b. Non-winners of 2 or non-winners of a race other than maiden or claiming – $7,800
c. Non-winners of 3 or non-winners of 2 races other than maiden or claiming – $8,700
d. Non-winners of 3 races other than maiden or claiming or never won a race or 2 races at one mile or over other than maiden or claiming – $8,700

ALLOWANCE OTHER THAN LIFETIME CONDITIONS: Each track shall write an Allowance race for, other than lifetime conditions, at least once per month $9,000

CLAIMING RACES / STARTER RACES.

All Ohio Claiming races $20,000 and above receive – $4,500
All Ohio Claiming races below $20,000 and above $6,500 receive – $3,900
All Ohio Claiming races $6,500 and below receive – $3,000

All Ohio-registered thoroughbreds that win or finish second or finish third in open races under the following categories shall be supplemented as indicated below. An open race is any race that is not limited to horses foaled in a specific state, sired by stallions standing in a specific state, or horses sold at a certain auction. Purses shall be supplemented as follows:

Accredited (non claiming)
$10,500 (first finisher); $3,000 (second); $1,500 (third) Total $15,000

Open maiden allowance
$7,000 (first finisher); $2,000 (second); $1,000 (third) Total $10,000

Open allowance non-winner of 2 or non-winners of a race other than maiden or claiming
$7,000 (first finisher); $2,000 (second); $1,000 (third) Total $10,000

Open allowance non-winner of 3 or non-winners of 2 other than maiden or claiming
$7,000 (first finisher); $2,000 (second); $1,000 (third) Total $10,000

Open allowance non-winner of 4 or non-winners of 3 other than maiden or claiming
$7,000 (first finisher); $2,000 (second); $1,000 (third) Total $10,000

Open allowance
$7,000 (first finisher); $2,000 (second); $1,000 (third) Total $10,000

Claiming Races / Starter Races

Open claiming $20,000 and above
$2,800 (first finisher); $800 (second); $400 (third) Total $4,000

Open claiming $6,501 up to $20,000
$1,120 (first finisher); $320 (second); $160 (third) Total $1,600

Open claiming $6,500 and below
$700 (first finisher); $200 (second); $100 (third) Total $1,000

Wins in Ohio restricted races will not be counted for eligibility purposes when Ohio-Breds race in open allowance non-winners of a race other than maiden or claiming, open allowance non-winners of 2 other than maiden or claiming, open allowance non-winners of 3 other than maiden or claiming .

15. Each Condition Book shall contain a list of all Ohio-funded races to be carded for the ensuing 15-day period beyond the current Condition Book. The list shall identify the date, purse, and distance of each Ohio-funded race. In all condition books and racing programs the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund logo shall be used to identify all Ohio-restricted races.

16. Pursuant to Section 3769-5-66, paragraphs (A)(1) & (A)(2), Breeders’ Awards shall be established as follows:

A. Broodmares

  1. All races other than claiming or starter allowance, 15% of winner’s share of purse, 15% of second place share of purse, and 15% of third place share of purse
  2. All claiming and starter allowance races, 10% of winner’s share of purse, 10% of second place share of purse, and 10% of third place share of purse

B. Stallions

  1. All races other than claiming or starter allowance, 10% of winner’s share of purse, 10% of second place share of purse, and 10% of third place share of purse
  2. All claiming and starter allowance races, 5% of winner’s share of purse, 5% of second place share of purse, and 5% of third place share of purse

17. In order to receive a Broodmare or Stallion Award, a breeder must have a current breeder’s license issued by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

The following were considerations taken into account while developing the 2016 stakes schedule:

  1. Races for 3-year-old colts and races for older males have been scheduled as far apart as possible.
  2. Races for 3-year-old fillies and races for older mares have been scheduled as far apart as possible.
  3. Races have been distributed between racetracks to afford as much equity as possible based upon the number of racing dates and moneys generated for the program at each track. Every effort has been made to avoid having consecutive races at any one single racetrack.

An “Ohio-bred” for the purpose of these conditions means one registered with the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund. These conditions are subject to interpretation, review and revision at any time by the Ohio State Racing Commission. All decisions made by the Ohio State Racing Commission with respect to these rules and regulations shall be final.

OHIO REGISTRATION FEES

To Register your horses contact: Ohio Racing Commission,
77 S. High Street, 18th fl., Columbus, Ohio 43215 – 614-466-2757

  • BROODMARE Registration Fee $100.00
    • Annual Renewal Fee 25.00
  • STALLION Registration Fee $100.00
    • Annual Renewal Fee 25.00
  • OHIO FOALED THOROUGHBRED HORSE Registration Fee $ 25.00
  • ACCREDITED OHIO FOAL THOROUGHBRED HORSE Registration Fee $ 25.00
  • STALLION Before covering of first broodmare
  • BROODMARES August 15
  • Foals Year of Birth October 15
  • Mares Bred Report October 15

RETROACTIVE REGISTRATION W/FEE

In the event a foal is not registered on or before October 15 in the year of birth, said foal may nevertheless be registered thereafter by the payment of an additional registration fee as follows:
Weanlings October 16, thru December 31 $ 75.00
Yearlings January 1, thru December 31 $ 150.00
2-Year- Olds January 1, thru December 31 $ 300.00
3-Year-olds & Up January 1, thru December 31 $2,500 provided the horse has never raced
Broodmare $500/additional forms & notarized statement

OHIO THOROUGHBRED RACE FUND 2016 PROJECTED DISBURSEMENTS

  • Broodmare Awards*        $1,567,818.00
  • Stallion Awards*                   230,000.00
  • Advertising/Marketing          75,000.00
  • Promotion/Research             121,000.00
  • Supplements*                         427,780.00
  • Overnights*                           2,162,800.00
  • Stakes                                      1,207,500.00
  • Total                             $    5,791,898.00

3769.083 (B) Not less than ten nor more than twenty-five per cent of the total money to be paid from the Fund for all types of races shall be allocated to races restricted to accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses.

3769.083 (C) (2) Twenty-five per cent of the total moneys to be paid from the Fund for Stakes races shall be allocated to races for only accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses.

Of the proposed $1,207,500 in stakes purses, $341,50 is for Stakes open to Accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses only. Of the proposed $3,798,080 to be paid from the fund for all races, at least $379,808 but no more than $ 949,520 will be allocated to races restricted to Accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses (which includes the funds paid in stakes races).

* These are estimated figures that can be affected by Fund income, race fill rates and the number of Ohio Breds winning races. Any surplus remains in the Fund and is budgeted for distribution the following year.

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