The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners have had a busy year working on projects to achieve our goals of Communicating, Promoting & Educating our industry.
The OTBO is excited to be launching the new website. We hope you find it full of helpful information and easier to negotiate than the old. The site contains new sections, such as the Ohio HBPA, and the Ohio State Racing Commission to keep you updated on industry news. In the next couple of months we will be fine tuning and adding more items, so check back often. We want to hear your comments and suggestions about our new site. The site was designed by Mannix Marketing.
If you haven’t signed up for the new mobile texting that the OTBO created this year, now is the time. Text OTBO1 to 781-728-9542 or go to https://mobile-text-alerts.com for latest news & reminders sent to your phone, 500+ and growing. You can also sign up through the OTBO office with your e-mail address to receive the same information as our text alerts by phone.
And don’t forget our Newsletters full of important information and news. The December newsletter will contain information on the 2016 Ohio Program and it will be published on our website, mailed and for the first time sent through our mobile system.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Fund program
Let’s talk about our Ohio program as it grows. 2015 has been a good year and the numbers indicate it will be getting better. The 2015 program had many beneficial changes such as: over $5.3 million awarded to our Ohio breds through the $1.2 million Stakes Program; $1.6 million to Broodmare & Stallion Owners & over $2.3 million awarded in restricted purses, overnights & supplements.
Broodmare owners have received awards of 15% & %10, paying back to third place while Stallion owners have received 10% & 5% paying back to third. Eight new stake races were added to the program and the Best of Ohio increased to $750,000 in purses.
The OSRC Report of weekly handle through November 14 for all three tracks shows $54,346,124 up 0.6% and Mahoning Valley handle over $12 million, a whopping 176.3% increase.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Advisory Board will be meeting in December to finalize the 2016 program, so watch the website & newsletter for details.