Ohio State Racing Commission to consider “spectator-less racing” plan

Grove City, OH — Meeting, Directive, and Resolution Information released this morning (May 12) from the Ohio State Racing Commission verifies that a potential “spectator-less racing” plan will be considered at a meeting scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13).

A Directive circulated and under consideration provides that, “Scioto Downs Racetrack and Northfield Park Racetrack MAY open their facilities for horsemen and horses to move in including dormitories and to conduct training and qualifiers starting on May 16, 2020. Scioto Downs Racetrack and Northfield Park Racetrack MAY resume live horse racing starting on May 21, 2020.”

Both racetracks are subject to and shall comply with Standardbred Protocols as provided for in a plan that will be concurrently considered.

Please be aware that this is all pending approval by the Ohio State Racing Commission and subsequent resumption by the Permit Holders. Even if passed, any dates are likely to be fluid until we have final passage and concrete information.

We ask that you continue to enable us to do our jobs and if you have an interest in the meeting, that you be mindful of the fluid and sensitive nature of this matter, and are fully aware that as always we are pursuing your best interests to resume racing as expeditiously as possible.

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

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