01/27/2004 12:00AM

Ohio horsemen rein in signal

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The Ohio division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has denied the requests of Beulah Park and River Downs to send their signals to several Indian casinos in Oklahoma.

"It is our understanding that Oklahoma Indian casinos and outlets contribute little or nothing to horsemen's purses in that state," Dan Theno, executive director of the horsemen's group, said in a statement.

Under the Interstate Horseracing Act, tracks must receive permission from a state's horsemen in order to send their signals out of state.

Mike Weiss, general manager of Beulah, said, "We rely on our export signal to continue to exist. It's difficult when you have to battle your horsemen in order to try to market your product."