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Grove City, Ohio - Harness racing is back in Ohio and that means the 2020 Ohio Fantasy Racing League is back for its fourth season. Owners will create a fantasy stable which will consist of six horses, two must be 2-Year-Old Ohio sired. The other four can be of any ages but must be chosen from pre-determined rosters of horses. Entry forms and lists of eligible horses are available on the OHHA website. First prize is $ 2,500 cash prize and a one share in a fractional ownership stable that is registered with the USTA for 2021. Second place is $1,000 cash prize, third place $750 cash prize, fourth place $500 cash prize and fifth place $250 cash prize. Additional prizes will be awarded. See contest rules for details. The contest is open to anyone that has not owned a standardbred that has raced in the past two years. Fractional ownership of less than 5% does not count as ownership for this contest. The winning stable will be determined by total stable earnings between June 12, 2020 and Breeders Crown Day October 31, 2020. See official contest rules for tie breaking procedures. Stable owners are encouraged to use a virtual stable to inform them when their horses will be racing. Standings will be updated on the OHHA website and via social media outlets. The OHHA would like to encourage current industry people to tell their friends about the contest. For every person that a current horseman refers, the person referring will get 1 entry into a drawing to win two tickets to the 2020 Little Brown Jug Hospitality Tent. The more unique people referred, the more entries they receive. A drawing will be held after all entries have been received. For more information: Frank Fraas  

Grove City, OH — With the resumption of harness racing in Ohio, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is releasing the revised schedule for the Buckeye Stallion Series. The first leg of the 3-year-old colt trot series, which was scheduled for May 2 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway, has been rescheduled for Monday (June 15) at MGM Northfield Park. Leg two has been rescheduled for June 30 at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the third leg will be July 14 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The 3-year-old filly pace series opener has been rescheduled for Tuesday (June 16) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The series was originally scheduled to open April 30 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 6 at MGM Northfield Park. The 3-year-old colt pace series first leg has also been rescheduled for Tuesday (June 16) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The series was originally scheduled for a May 2 opener at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 8 at Eldorado Scioto Downs with leg three July 20 at MGM Northfield Park. The 3-year-old filly trot, which was originally scheduled to open April 30 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway, has been rescheduled for Saturday (June 20) at MGM Northfield Park. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 1 at Eldorado Scioto Downs with leg three July 14, also at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The schedule for legs four and five remains the same. The OHHA would like to thank Dave Bianconi, the Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting at MGM Northfield Park, and Eldorado Scioto Downs Racing Secretary Jason Roth for their assistance in rescheduling these races. For additional information about the 2020 Buckeye Stallion Series and a revised schedule please visit the OHHA website at www.ohha.com/nominations or click here. The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

Grove City, OH - Due to spectator-less mandates, harness racing qualifying events scheduled for Eldorado Scioto Downs, MGM Northfield Park, and Delaware County will be available for live viewing on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Facebook page. Plans continue to capture any added events. Sixteen qualifying events are scheduled for Saturday May 16th, beginning at 2PM at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Qualifying events scheduled for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will also be available live on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Facebook page. Replays of all will be available on the Trot and Pace website, www.trotandpacemarketing.com. Current plans also call for the qualifiers scheduled for the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday May 19th and Wednesday May 20th to be shown live on the OHHA Facebook page. Qualifiers at Delaware are scheduled to begin at 11AM. Check the OHHA Facebook page for events as they are scheduled. Live spectator-less racing will begin at Eldorado Scioto Downs Friday May 22nd and at MGM Northfield Park on Tuesday March 26th. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has extended the deadline for applications for the harness racing 2020 Scholarship program. Completed applications must be postmarked by July 10,, 2020 to be considered. Application and requirements are available on the OHHA website. https://www.ohha.com/assets/2020-ohha-scholarship-application.pdf The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program and provide complete details regarding the harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program in conjunction with their application. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and must be used towards the cost and expenses directly related to coursework and a degree being pursued at a college or university. The announcement of 2020 OHHA Scholarship recipients will be made August 3, 2020. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - We are disappointed to report that despite multiple plans submitted and meetings beginning on April 1st and moving forward, we are nearing the close of another week in Ohio without a clear path forward to resume harness racing. With each week comes a new challenge that prevents a factual announcement or final plan. During the last several weeks various rumors regarding qualifying and opening have circulated back to us from a lot of different sources. This process ebbs and flows regularly. Currently the Associations, Racing Commission, and all Permit Holders have been trying to work towards a final plan without success. The general tenor from the Permit Holders is a desire to continue down the path of uncertainty, without a definitive plan to resume racing, unless assurances and guarantees are received for all casino and racino operations, racing or not. Due to this dynamic, the Ohio State Racing Commission has scheduled a series of meetings moving forward to resolve the impasse in accordance with the Governor's Office and all Orders in place. Our expectation is this will continue to fuel the rumor mill, likely more than ever. As advised prior, we will update as soon as we have factual information to release and definitive plans. We are working as hard and as quickly as we can to continue to roll out benevolence and get everyone back to the business of racing. Regarding benevolence, all benevolence announced, or requests received within the last three days have been processed and sent. We thank you for your patience as we continue to do our best on behalf of the industry, with the goal as always to resume racing. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will continue to provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting "OHHA" to 1-888-808-1507. For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has announced a discount feed program for its harness racing membership. In partnership with Centerra Co-op, Champion Feed & Supply, Granville Milling, Heritage Co-op, Nutrena, and Tizwhiz the OHHA has put together a program that will allow members to purchase feed at discounted prices. The program is open to all OHHA members residing in Ohio. “We are very grateful to all of our partners that are assisting us with the program.  They understand the situation that Ohio harness horsemen are in and have stepped up in a way that will help them through this difficult time, we cannot express the gratitude we feel for their contribution to our industry” said OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino. Members can request a voucher that can be presented at over thirty locations in Ohio to get discount pricing on a variety of horse feeds. The OHHA’s Benevolence program has also benefited from the generosity of its partners and their participation in the OHHA benevolent feed program has enabled the Association to provide help to more people with the rates offered for that initiative.  In addition to those listed above, Purina and Tribute Equine Nutrition are generously participating in the benevolent program. The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association will continue to provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting “OHHA” to 1-888-808-1507. For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com  614-221-3650   The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond.

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has announced a discount feed program for its harness racing membership. In partnership with Centerra Co-op, Champion Feed & Supply, Granville Milling, Heritage Co-op, Nutrena, Purina, Tizwhiz and Tribute Equine Nutrition, the OHHA has put together a program that will allow members to purchase feed at discounted prices. The program is open to all OHHA members residing in Ohio. "We are very grateful to all of our partners that are assisting us with the program. They understand the situation that Ohio harness horsemen are in and have stepped up in a way that will help them through this difficult time, we cannot express the gratitude we feel for their contribution to our industry" said OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino. Members can request a voucher that can be presented at over thirty locations in Ohio to get discount pricing on a variety of horse feeds. The OHHA's Benevolence program has also benefited from the generosity of its partners and their participation in the OHHA benevolent feed program has enabled the Association to provide help to more people with the rates offered for that initiative. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will continue to provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting "OHHA" to 1-888-808-1507. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health and Retirement Plan (H.H.H.R.P.) Trustees as administrators of the Harness Horsemen's Retirement Trust announce direct benevolent relief for all 2019 Ohio HHHRP Plan Participants. Due to the April 2, 2020 Order cancelling racing until May 15, 2020, each 2019 Qualified Retirement Plan Participant, which includes breeding farm workers, grooms, trainers, and drivers will automatically receive a two-payment benevolent distribution. The distribution will be based upon their full-time employment status with a breeding farm, racing stable, or individual full-time qualified status and number of starts in 2019 as a driver or trainer. In addition to the 2019 benevolent distribution, all participants will continue to receive a contribution from the statewide breakage fund into their retirement trust account. Breeding farm workers, grooms, trainers, and drivers will receive an equally calculated benevolent distribution in two payments. Distribution of the first payment will commence May 1, 2020, the second distribution will occur by June 1, 2020. Breeding farm workers and grooms will receive approximately $500, each payment, while trainers' and drivers' distribution will vary based upon total starts from the base minimum. All participants will be treated the same and cannot opt-out of the distribution. Seek the advice of your financial professional for individual guidance and financial planning. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting "OHHA" to 1-888-808-1507. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association    

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has set up a PayPal donation portal for those that want to help Ohio harness racing horsemen in need during the COVID-19 crisis. All money donated will go to the OHHA Horsemen's Benevolent Fund. Those that donate will be able to earmark their donation for either the Equine Benevolent or Human Benevolent fund. Horsemen can complete an Equine or Human Benevolent Fund application and submit it to the OHHA Fund Trustees for consideration. OHHA President Steve Bateson says the Human and Equine Benevolent Funds have been there since 2015 to help horsemen that are having a significant financial hardship or that have horses in peril. "OHHA Trustees for the funds will go through the applications as quickly as possible. The Trustees have a simplistic and fair across the board system in place to expedite the process." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has created a webpage to combine its COVID-19 resources. The page is located here The page, includes links to: The PayPal Donation Portal The Equine and Human Benevolent Fund Application COVID-19 Ohio Financial and Heath Assets which include: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Trust information, State of Ohio governmental updates, Federal CARES Act relief package information, City of Columbus information and resources for Ohio businesses and workers including information about unemployment aid and foreclosure information. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine's order, I will be working from home. I will be reachable via e-mail and cell phone. Please call me at 614-569-6404.          

You are hereby directed:   1. Horse racing is cancelled at your facility through April 30, 2020;   2. If your backside (including dormitories) is open, it SHALL remain open and operational until further notice;   3. If your track is available for training, it SHALL remain open for reasonable equine exercise until further notice.   The intent of this directive:   1. Prevent horse abuse/abandonment;   2. Allow for consolidated feed operations;   3. Prevent homelessness for those who temporarily/seasonally reside on the backside;   4. Provide adequate exercise for horses on property needed to prevent injury potentially caused by confinement   It is incumbent on the horsemen organizations in the State of Ohio and the racing permit holders operating as Racinos in the State of Ohio to submit a 30-day and a 60-day plan to comply with this directive (including financials) to the Ohio State Racing Commission (Commission) not later than midnight April 2, 2020.   The Commission considers themselves a partner with the horsemen and permit holders in reaching a solution to the issues and stand ready to assist the parties in compromise.   You should take all reasonable measures possible to continue social distancing practices.   The Commission will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available.   Thank you for your patience as we all deal with this unprecedented and very fluid situation.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 614-466-2758.   If you need further information on COVID-19, please visit, coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634.   Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance (O.H.H.H.I.T.) Trustees as administrators of the Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Trust would like to announce financial relief for all Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Plan Participants. As-of the date of the first Order cancelling racing (March 20, 2020), each Self-Pay Plan Participant will automatically receive a credit for two months of health insurance plan premiums at their existing coverage level. For example, if a horseman has paid their April premium costs for family coverage, they will receive a credit for their May and June family coverage premiums. If the April family coverage premium has not been paid, the credit will apply to family coverage for their April and May premium costs. There is no need to do anything to receive the credit. It will automatically be applied to all self-pay coverage classes. Note that if there are changes in coverage to a higher level of coverage (i.e., single to family coverage) during the credit time-period, the credit for the lower level of coverage will apply and the difference between the higher and lower premium cost will have to be paid. In addition, during this time, existing Breeding Farm Employees and Racetrack Grooms that are employed and active in the Plan, will continue to receive their premium costs covered. Separation from any covered employer will be handled as-per the Plan's rules. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting "OHHA" to 1-888-808-1507. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

Grove City, Ohio -There has been clarification from the Ohio State Racing Commission in regard to the continuation of live racing in Ohio. At this time all racing can proceed. This clarification authorizes the continuation of racing with simulcast-only wagering in place, racing personnel to de minimis levels of only those required, the closure of racing locations to live spectators, and a reduction of horsemen in their paddock workplace to only those that are necessary and essential to race. Please recognize that in the paddock, as with any workplace, you should maintain social distancing (approximately six feet away from other people) whenever possible, continue to wash hands, maintain proper respiratory etiquette, and above all self-quarantine if you experience any illness symptoms at this time. Thank you for your patience as we continue to proactively monitor and review this situation. We will immediately text any updates to all racing social media outlets and OHHA Emergency Text Blast. To subscribe to the OHHA Emergency Text Blast, text OHHA to 614-924-8072. As a reminder on the 2020 OHHA Staking Nomination Due Date of March 15th. As in past years when March 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or other legal Holiday, we will recognize nominations as timely submitted if they are received and/or postmarked by March 16th. Please make sure that any U.S. Postal Service method enables us to verify the Postmark Date and your nomination contains an Official U.S. Postal Service Postmark. For the sake of fairness, we adhere strictly to this rule for all nominations. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - As a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus, The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Miami Valley Gaming will postpone the Big Screen Television giveaway scheduled for Friday March 13th. The OHHA will work with Miami Valley Gaming to reschedule this event when it is appropriate and prudent. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will again be offering scholarship opportunities to OHHA members and their families. Completed applications are due June 15, 2020. Application and requirements are available on the OHHA website. https://www.ohha.com/assets/2020-ohha-scholarship-application.pdf. The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program and provide complete details regarding the harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program in conjunction with their application. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and must be used towards the cost and expenses directly related to coursework and a degree being pursued at a college or university. The announcement of 2020 OHHA Scholarship recipients will be made August 3, 2020. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association would like to remind horsemen that nominations for the Buckeye Stallion Series, Ohio Fair Racing Conference and Ohio Fair Championships are due March 15th. The fee to nominate a horse for the Buckeye Stallion Series is $250. There is a $250 starting fee for each leg and $500 for the finals. The nominating fee for the Ohio Fair Racing Conference is $75 for each fair. The cost to nominate one horse across the board is $420. There is a total of 21 fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference. There is a starting fee of $75 for Scarlet fairs and $200 for Gray fairs. For the Ohio Fair Championship, there is a $100 nomination fee with an entry fee of $200. Nomination forms, conditions and schedules for the three series are available at OHHA.com. Nomination forms with payments should be sent to: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, 2237 Sonora Drive, Grove City, OH 43123. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for OHHA  

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