Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund

The Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund (OTRF) began in November of 1965, authorized by the passage of sections 3769.08 and 3769.083 of the Ohio Revised Code in the 106th General Assembly.

The goal of the OTRF is to promote Ohio’s thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industry through the creation of incentives for owners to race horses bred or foaled in the state. Since 1965, over 25,000 Ohio-eligible horses have been foaled.

The OTRF program consists of broodmare and stallion awards, open allowance supplements for Ohio-bred horses winning in open competition at Ohio tracks, and purses for stakes and races exclusively for Ohio-bred thoroughbreds.

The 2022 Best of Ohio races will feature $1,500,000 in purses. The fund also supports promotion of the state’s thoroughbred industry. Please note: Applicants for a breeder license are required to submit a separate check and may not add the cost of the breeder license application to any OTRF payment.

For more information:

Please contact Holly Chandler, OTRF Administrator at 614-779-0268 or at

77 S. High Street
18th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Chris Dragone, Executive Director

Ohio Race Tracks

Belterra Park

(formerly River Downs)
6301 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Phone: 513-232-8000
Fax: 513-232-1412

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Mahoning Valley

(formerly Beulah Park)
655 N. Canfield Niles Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44515
Phone: 330-505-8700
Fax: 330-505-8661

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JACK Thistledown

21501 Emery Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
Phone: 216-662-8600
Fax: 216-662-5339

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