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Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF)

The Ohio Standard 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, Senena Esty and George Berlin, hold hearings on conditions for the program and set annual racing dates.

Ohio law mandates the scheduling of up to five races and a championship for each of eight 2- and 3-year-old divisions. Races for horses 4-year-old and up may be scheduled and will be held in 2016. Tracks add at least 16.67 per cent, or a minimum of $5,000, to purses for each race. Purse money is also comprised of money allocated by the OSDF--the fund also includes Video Lottery Terminal revenue provided by horsemen--and nominating, sustaining and starting fees paid by horsemen. All races leading to championships for 2- and 3-years in 2015 will have a minimum purse of $40,000 and a maximum purse of $45,000. All championship purses are $250,000 guaranteed.

Overall, the vast majority of OSDF moneys are allocated to Ohio Sires Stakes races. A portion of the fund is used for administration and to promote the breeding and racing of harness horses. The fund will also make a $100,000 donation for research to the School of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. Ohio-eligible horses are defined as those sired by a stallion that was registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and stood in Ohio the year the horse was conceived.


2yo Colt Trot

2yo Colt Pace

2yo Filly Trot

2yo Filly Pace

3yo Colt Trot

3yo Colt Pace

3yo Filly Trot

3yo Filly Pace

2016 Ohio Sires Stakes Dates

2016 2- & 3-Year-Old Conditions & 4-Year-Old & Up Conditions


2- & 3-Year-Old Nomination Form


Stallion Registration

Stallion Renewal

Report of Mares Bred

Eligible Stallions: 2016 & earlier

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