Ohio is cleared to start live racing on May 22

Grove City, OH — After technical issues with the Ohio State Racing Commission’s 7 p.m. (May 13) meeting and adjournment, Thursday morning (May 14) the Ohio State Racing Commission has finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to commence racing live.

Ohio has been cleared to start live racing on May 22.

Ohio’s Standardbred Permit Holders have represented that qualifiers can be scheduled to go live May 16 at Eldorado Scioto Downs and May 18 at MGM Northfield Park. Live racing will resume on May 22 at Eldorado Scioto and May 26 at MGM Northfield Park.

Health Department Orders and Protocols that are a mandatory condition of this re-opening were also approved. All horsemen must read, acknowledge receipt, and follow the stringent protocols that are outlined. These protocols will be modified as the COVID-19 landscape changes, whether added restrictions are necessary or lifted.

Racing’s resumption and successful continuation is now in the hands of the horsemen to carry forward. The Associations have done all they can do to provide the opportunity to race for Ohio’s horsemen. We need you to successfully and safely execute to continue racing. We will provide any additional details as they become necessary. Safe and prosperous racing to everyone.

To read the complete resolution adopted by the Ohio State Racing Commission, click here.

To see the Protocols for a Safe Return to Racing without Spectators, click here.

For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center.

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