Ohio State Racing Commission
The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund was created in 1975. It receives taxes paid on wagers at harness tracks. Beginning in 2013, a portion of the tax on casinos paid to the OSRC became another funding source. The commission authorizes disbursements from the fund after three OSDF Committee members, Chairman Richard McClelland, George Berlin and Senena Esty, hold hearings on program conditions and annual racing dates.
Tracks add at least 16.67%, or a minimum of $5,000 to purses for each race. Purses are also comprised of money allocated by the OSDF that includes Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) revenue provided by horsemen; revenue from the tax on pari-mutuel wagering; and nominating and starting fees paid by horsemen.
The majority of OSDF monies are allocated to Ohio Sires Stakes. Ohio-eligible horses are defined as those sired by a stallion registered with the OSRC who stood in Ohio the year the horse was conceived.
OSRC Rule 3769.085C
"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."
Mares & Stallions
used for breeding purposes can race but must remain in the state throughout the breeding season. The use of chilled and/or frozen semen is permissible.
Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Street, 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-466-2757
Ohio Standardbred Development Fund