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About the Ohio State Racing Commission
The Ohio State Racing Commission was created in 1933 after the General Assembly approved pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing. The commission currently employs 12 people full and part-time. Seven work at its Columbus headquarters. Others, including judges, stewards, investigators, inspectors and veterinarians, work at seven commercial racetracks and at county fairs where wagering takes place. 

Members of the commission meet monthly in Columbus at 77 South High Street to conduct business, approve racing dates, decide matters of racing importance, and mete out penalties to licensees found in violation of racing rules and law. Meetings are held in Columbus.
The commission is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and promotion of horse racing and its related industry components. In that connection, the commission shall regulate pari-mutuel wagering and the licensing of all industry participants in order to insure the protection of the wagering public and the integrity of the sport. It shall use its best efforts to promote horse racing and breeding to the citizens of Ohio, and cooperate with horse owners, trainers, breeders, other licensees, county fairs, and commercial racetracks in order to accomplish these goals. The commission strives to create an atmosphere where the wagering public would not need to be protected and the sport maintains the highest level of integrity.
Horses race throughout the year in Ohio, with  Thoroughbred racing at pari-mutuel tracks in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Youngstown, and short Quarter Horse meetings in Cincinnati and Youngstown. 

Pari-mutuel harness tracks are located in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Lebanon and pari-mutuel harness racing also takes place at 65 county fairs from June through October. Cedar Downs, an off-track betting facility, is located in Sandusky. 

The state's horse racing industry, governed by the rules and regulations of the Ohio State Racing Commission, directly and indirectly generates more than 16,000 jobs. 
Ohio State Racing Commission
77 South High Street
18th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-466-2757   
614-466-1900 fax