Ohio racing

TIF’s Cummings On West Virginia Incident: Horse Racing Must Address ‘Industry-Wide Nightmare’

The following is an open letter from Patrick Cummings, Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: West Virginia’s problems are the entire industry’s problems. A horrific photograph emerged from West Virginia on October 16 in which it appears a horse, presumably euthanized previously, was dumped in a landfill, still with leg bandages in place. A […]

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Mahoning Valley Winter-Spring Meet Ends; Quinones, Radosevich Top Standings

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio, concluded its winter-spring season on Wednesday, April 24, with solid wagering and racing during the 62-day meet. Wagering per race was down 8% to $116,745 per race despite the track experiencing a number of inclement weather days in both January and February. “Field size remained […]

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Almost A Century Old, Thistledown Set For 100-Day Meet

JACK Thistledown Racino kicks off its 2019 racing season Monday, April 29. This will be the first of 100 days of live Thoroughbred racing at the historic Cleveland-area track that first opened its gates in 1925. Director of Racing Operations Patrick Ellsworth will card eight races each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 19. […]

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Mahoning Valley Meet Ends With Double-Digit Increase In Handle

Mahoning Valley Racecourse concluded its Fall Meet and 2018 calendar season this past Saturday and did so with yet another annual increase in wagering.  Since its launch in 2014, the young racetrack in Austintown, Ohio, has seen handle increases each calendar year since opening its doors.  All told, wagering volume on the Mahoning product for […]

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Best Of Ohio Series Returns, Highlights Upcoming Thistledown Meet

“Return” is the theme of JACK Thistledown’s 2018 race meet that opens Monday, April 30, as Thoroughbreds and horsemen come back for live racing and a celebrated racing series makes a stop in Cleveland. Racing Secretary Patrick Ellsworth will card eight races each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 20. First post each day […]

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‘Better Every Year’: Mahoning Valley Announces Purse Increases For 2018

Mahoning Valley Race Course, in cooperation with the Ohio HBPA, announced a 5-7% purse increase to be effective January 2, 2018. Purses for maiden special weights will increase from $21,000 to $22,100 and allowance races will be as high as $29,000 up from their current $27,500. “Thanks to increased handle and continued strong support of […]

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Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners To Hold First Mixed Sale In 10 Years

The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners are pleased with the reception regional breeders have shown for the first Mixed Sale that will be held in 10 years. The organization announced that 103 horses of all ages have been entered for the sale. The sale will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Majestic Farm in […]

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JACK Thistledown Casino Adds Make-Up Day To Live Schedule

The Ohio State Racing Commission has approved a request by JACK Thistledown Racino to extend its current race meet by one day to make up a cancellation on Aug. 23, announced Director of Racing David Ellsworth. The meet will now close Wednesday, Oct. 25. The day will offer the usual eight races and post time […]

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JACK Thistledown Racino Moving Friday Cards To Tuesdays

Effective Sept. 5 through the end of its current live meet on Oct. 24, JACK Thistledown Racino will race on Tuesdays instead of Fridays, announced Director of Racing David Ellsworth. The first dark Friday will be Sept. 1. “We are excited to offer live racing on Tuesday afternoons,” said Ellsworth. “The move will allow us […]

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