05/30/2013 12:00PM

FAQ on Ohio’s racing program for statebreds

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Only accredited Ohio Thoroughbreds and/or Ohio-foaled Thoroughbreds are eligible for the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund stakes program, which includes the Best of Ohio Series.

Following are the rules that define an accredited Ohio Thoroughbred and an Ohio-foaled Thoroughbred, according to the Ohio Racing Commission.

What is an accredited Ohio Thoroughbred?

A horse conceived in Ohio and born in the state that is both:

(A) Born of a mare that is domiciled in the state at the time of the horse’s conception, that remains continuously in the state through the date on which the horse is born, and that is registered as required by the rules of the state racing commission;

And:

(B) By a stallion that stands for breeding purposes only, in Ohio in the year in which the horse is conceived and that is registered as required by the rules of the state racing commission.

What is an Ohio-foaled horse?

A horse registered as required by the rules of the state racing commission that is either of the following:

(A) A horse born of a mare that enters the state before foaling and remains continuously in the state until the horse is born;

Or:

(B) A Thoroughbred foal produced within the state by any broodmare shipped into the state to foal and be bred to a registered Ohio stallion. To qualify this foal as an Ohio-foaled horse, the broodmare shall remain in the state one year continuously after foaling or continuously through foaling to the cover of an Ohio stallion, whichever is sooner. All horses previously registered as Ohio-conceived and -foaled shall be considered as Ohio-foaled horses effective Jan. 1, 1976.

Only the above classes of horses are eligible for the Ohio Fund stakes.

Ohio’s breeders’ awards

Broodmares:

1. All races other than claiming or starter allowance, 15 percent of winner’s share of purse.
2. All claiming and starter-allowance races, 10 percent of winner’s share of purse.

Stallions:

1. All races other than claiming or starter allowance, 10 percent of winner’s share of purse.
2. All claiming or starter-allowance races, 5 percent of winner’s share of purse.

In order to receive a broodmare or stallion award after March 2, 2009, a breeder must be licensed by the Ohio State Racing Commission annually.

You do not have to be an Ohio resident to own an Ohio-registered Thoroughbred to participate in the Ohio program.