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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
May 10, 10:00 am, Room East B -- 19th Fl., Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus


Ohio State Racing Commission, 77 South High St., 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108