Horses race throughout the year in Ohio. There is thoroughbred
racing in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Youngstown. There are short quarter horse meetings
in Cincinnati and Youngstown. Harness tracks are located in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton
and Lebanon. Harness racing also takes place at 65 county fairs from June through
October. 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 approximately 16,000 jobs. Information
about the commission, the state's racetracks and other aspects of horse racing in
Ohio is available here.
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.
If you should need help with a gambling problem, please call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966, visit the Ohio for Responsible Gambling website (org.ohio.gov),
or visit www.gamblersanonymous.org/.
Next Commission Meeting(s)
March 30, 10:00 am, Room 1960, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus