12/16/2008 12:00AM

Ohio racetracks resolve dispute


The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Beulah Park reached an agreement Tuesday over account-wagering revenue distribution and racing dates for 2009, according to Dave Basler, executive director of the Ohio HBPA. A tentative agreement has also been reached with River Downs.

The horsemen had been seeking a higher percentage of account-wagering revenue and opposed the tracks' desire to run fewer dates.

Charles Ruma, the president of Beulah Park who also negotiated for River Downs, agreed that both tracks will run the same number of days as this year - 122 for Beulah and 102 for River. The Ohio Racing Commission is scheduled to meet on Friday to finalize the dates.