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Grove City, OH - The two days of harness racing that were scheduled to be part of the Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine, Ohio have been moved to the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio. The races were originally scheduled to take place July 13 and 14. They have been rescheduled for July 15and 16. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Vice President and Champaign County Race Superintendent Randy Leopard says Logan County officials were thinking of cancelling the races due to Covid-19 and a modified fair. ""They reached out to Lisa Schwartz of the Ohio Colt Racing Association to discuss the races and she asked if they would be open to letting another venue host. They agreed and Lisa came to us." The Logan County Fair and Champaign County Fair are both members of the Ohio Colt Racing Association. Leopard says they wanted to make sure the horsemen had an opportunity to race. "It took a lot of work to make this happen. Between both county's fair boards, the state racing commission, and the department of agriculture we got it done. We had to change dates to accommodate another fair and make sure we could get officials for the races." Fans will be invited to attend the races at the Champaign County fairgrounds. Leopard says there are plans for a food tent, a beer and wine garden, a disc jockey playing music between races and wagering. "We want an event that the locals can come out and support." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will live stream coverage of both days of racing in Urbana. Post time on July 15 is 6:30PM. Post time on July 16 is 1:00PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will continue its live streaming coverage of Ohio county fair races with two races cards from the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland, Ohio, July 6.   Live coverage of both race cards in Home Talent Colt Stakes will be shown on the OHHA Facebook page and the OHHA YouTube channel. Post times are 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM.  The first card will have ten races while the nightcap will have six. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing.  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer.  For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has announced the schedule of live streaming of the Ohio county fair harness racing circuit. The OHHA has already live streamed six events, beginning June 15 from the Paulding County fairgrounds, and will live stream an additional 62 events this summer. The schedule includes racing from forty-two different county fairs and three independent fairs. The schedule includes racing in all four of Ohio's county fair circuits, the Ohio Fair Racing Conference, the Ohio Colt Racing Association, the Home Talent Colt Stakes and the Southern Valley Colt Circuit. The next live stream is scheduled for June 29 and 30 from the Marion County Fairgrounds. The schedule includes nineteen live events in July, twenty-four in August, fourteen in September and four in October. The live events will be available on the OHHA Facebook page. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas says, "With some fairs cancelling all events except harness racing and some other fairs not allowing spectators, this is a way for fans to see and enjoy the races. This will expose some people to our product that might not be familiar with it and help expand our fan base." A complete schedule of fairs and dates is available at OHHA.com. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio -The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will again benefit from the proceeds of the sale of an entry into the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4. Billy Hartt will place his harness racing entry into the 2-year-old filly race up for auction June 28 on Hoofbid.com. Hartt says proceeds from the action with be donated to the OHHA, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Hartt purchased an entry into filly race and was chosen in the random drawing for one of the nine available entries into the race. "I'm very disappointed we are not going to race in the Next Generation. I entered to race and had no intentions of selling the spot," said Hartt. "It was the chance to race for good money." "From the beginning I thought the idea of the Next Generation was awesome. It gives us dreamers the shot at a big race." The purse for the Next Generation is $150,000. Hartt says he wants to be supportive of the Ohio racing program. "I bought more Ohio breds because I like the program. It has opportunities to race in the Sire Stakes, the Buckeye Stallions Series and at the county fair level." "We are very grateful for the generosity of owners like Billy Hartt that believe in the Ohio racing program and want to give back," said OHHA President Steve Bateson. "Ohio is very fortunate to have owners like Mr. Hartt and Chad Foulk who is also donating proceeds from the auction to our charities." The entry will go on the auction block Sunday night at HoofBid.com, the on-line standardbred auction site. Interested bidders can go to HoofBid.com for instructions on how to download the app and create an account. HoofBid founder Jeff Davis says they will also assist the OHHA. "Like Mr. Foulk's entry, we will be donating our fees back to the OHHA to assist their worthwhile programs." For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - The harness racing Foulk Stable will auction off one of its two entries in the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Chad Foulk announced his stable's entry into the 2-year-old filly pace will go up for auction Sunday night on HoofBid. Foulk purchased an entry into both the filly race and the 2-year old colt pacing event. At the close of entries, both races received more than the nine available slots and a drawing was necessary to determine which nine owners would receive entries. Foulk said he was lucky that his wife's name was drawn twice. "It was interesting, we were waiting and didn't get our name drawn until the ninth slot in each race. We didn't think we would get into either one." At the time of entry, owners did not have to designate a horse they were going to enter. As the time to declare a horse was drawing nearer, Fouk says the decision was made to part with the filly entry. "We thought it would be fun to be a part of the Next Generation, unfortunately our yearlings at this time are not good enough to go in the race." A condition of the race is that entries can be sold, traded, or given away. Foulk says they are putting their entry up for auction. "We are going to put our entry on HoofBid this Sunday to give everyone a chance to bid on the entry to race their horse. I have heard from some owners that did not get in the original drawing that they are interested in the race. We thought it would be good for everyone to buy a spot if it were available." Foulk says any money over the original $10,000 he receives for his entry will be donated to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. "Times are tough right now and I felt if we could do something beneficial for our industry. I think the proceeds from the auction should go back to our industry." Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association President Steve Bateson says any proceeds the organization receives will be distributed to three worthwhile causes. "Chad Foulk's generous donation to the OHHA will benefit our youth scholarship program for high school seniors and graduate students as well as benefit our equine benevolent program. In addition, some funds will be used for P.A.C.E.R., the association's political action committee to continue to bring awareness to our agricultural equine business." The auction will take place on Hoofbid.com, the on-line standardbred auction site. Interested bidders can go to Hoofbid.com for instructions on how to download the app and create an account. HoofBid founder Jeff Davis says the auction will begin Sunday night, June 28 at 7:00PM. "We are excited to help Chad Foulk and the Foulk Stable as well as the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association," said Davis. "We will be donating our fees back to the OHHA to assist their worthwhile programs." Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will continue its live streaming coverage of Ohio s county fair races today with day two coverage from the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, Ohio. Post time for today's racing will begin at 3:30PM. There are 13 races scheduled on today's card. Race programs are available for download on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association website at https://www.ohha.com/assets/6.24.20-putnam-county-fair-program.pdf Replays of the races will be available on the OHHA YouTube channel and the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The next live streaming event from the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be Monday and Tuesday June 29 and 30 from the Marion, Ohio County Fairgrounds. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will continue its harness racing live streaming coverage of Ohio county fair races this week from the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, Ohio. Live coverage of the Ohio Colt Racing Association races from the Putnam County Fair will be shown on the OHHA Facebook page Tuesday June 23 and Wednesday June 24. Post time is 3:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) and the Ohio Colt Racing Association (OCRA) will carry streaming coverage of harness racing from the Pickaway County Fair, Sunday June 21. All the races will be live streamed on the OHHA Facebook page beginning at 1PM.  Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing.  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer.  Frank Fraas  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Ohio Fair Racing Conference (OFRC) will kick off the county fair racing circuit with live streaming coverage of harness racing from the Paulding County fairgrounds Tuesday June 16 and Wednesday June 17. The Paulding County Fair was scheduled to begin Monday June 15. It was to be the first fair of the 2020 fair season but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Three days of harness racing were originally planned for the fair, but that has been trimmed back to two days. The 12-race card schedule for Tuesday will be live streamed on the OHHA Facebook page beginning at 4PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following completion of the racing. Wednesday's race card will also be streamed live on the OHHA Facebook page. Post time is 4PM. Wednesday's races will also be available for replay on the Trot and Pace Marketing website. The OHHA and the OFRC are planning to live stream Ohio Fair Racing Conference races throughout the summer. OFRC Regional Coordinator Bill Peters says, "With fans not allowed at the fairgrounds, this is a way for owners and fans to see the races. We are g the races, we are hoping it might expand our fan base and expose some people to harness racing that might not have seen it before." For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Delaware, OH — Kildare King, a 2-year-old trotting colt by Trixton-Exclusivity,  harness racing trained and driven by Chris Beaver, scored in 1:59.4h in a qualifying race Thursday (June 11) at Delaware. It was his first time ever behind the gate. by Thom Pye, for the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

Grove City, OH - Due to spectator-less mandates, harness racing qualifying events scheduled for Delaware County, Ohio will be available for live viewing on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Facebook page. Plans continue to capture any added events. Twenty-one qualifying events are scheduled for Thursday June 11, beginning at 11:00AM at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Fifteen of the schedule qualifiers will be for two-year-olds. Replays of will be available on the Trot and Pace website, www.trotandpacemarketing.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas

On Tuesday, June 9, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, along with Ohio Senate President, Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Ohio Speaker of the House of Representatives, Larry Householder (R-Glenford) sent a letter to Ohio Fair Board members acknowledging the challenges COVID-19 has presented in conducting junior fair activities in a safe manner, and doing it in a way that “works financially.” To help offset the expense of necessary health and sanitation practices that must be implemented due to the coronavirus, each fair that conducts a junior fair this year will receive $50,000. Fairs that do not conduct a junior fair this year will receive $15,000 that can be used towards next year’s fair to help offset the cost of conducting it safely. They also announced that if a fair has been canceled, they can apply for a new date with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The guidelines for the conduct of fairs originally released as a part of the Responsible Restart Ohio was referenced and encouraged as best practices to follow, however revised guidelines for county and independent fairs were also released with the letter. “Conducting the fair solely according to the guidelines contained in this new document shall be considered sufficient to satisfy your public health obligations,” stated the letter from the Gov. DeWine. In the revised guidelines, fair boards and managers are encourage to conduct the fair in a manner that discourages the large gathering of people on the midway or other parts of the fair grounds. Where possible it encourages fairs to provide one-way traffic in buildings and other areas to help people maintain social distancing. The revised guidelines say that livestock competitions can be held in the same manner as they have in the past, with a few exceptions. Participants, spectators, and the judge are encouraged when possible to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart. The judge is encouraged to wear a mask when close to a junior fair member showing the animal. Family members should be given priority to viewing areas, and should stay in family unit groups, and maintain a distance of 6 feet between groups. Livestock auctions are encouraged, but not required, to be done virtual. Non-livestock exhibitions and judging shall, where applicable, follow the same rules as those for animal exhibitions. Barns and other fair buildings are to be open as much as possible to allow good ventilation. Grandstand events shall limit the number of spectators to one half the seating capacity of the grandstand, and no event shall have more than 2,500 seated spectators. A distance of 6 feet shall be maintained between seated spectators or family groups. Food concessions shall comply with the standard Restart Ohio COVID-19 rules for restaurants, which include six-foot spacing marks for those in line, no self-serve areas, and all seating must be six feet apart between parties. Camping should follow the standards outlined in “Ohio COVID-19 Responsible Restart Ohio” plans for camping and campgrounds. Harness Racing must follow guidelines established by the Ohio Racing Commission called “Protocols for a Safe Return to Racing.” If a fair has amusement rides, it should comply with all orders of the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition to the regular restrooms, the fair shall provide sanitation stations at convenient places throughout the fairgrounds. These stations shall include sanitizer. These must be placed near food concessions and in barns. These must be maintained so that hand sanitizer is always available. Fair board members, staff, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, and participants must all follow good hygiene that is informed by the coronavirus danger: wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, cough into sleeves. Attempt to avoid gathering in groups and attempt to maintain social distancing. Individuals should perform a daily health assessment and stay home if they have a fever, cough, or other signs of possible COVID-19. By Dusty Sonnenberg Reprinted with permission of Ohio's Country Journal

Grove City, Ohio - Harness racing is back in Ohio and that means the 2020 Ohio Fantasy Racing League is back for its fourth season. Owners will create a fantasy stable which will consist of six horses, two must be 2-Year-Old Ohio sired. The other four can be of any ages but must be chosen from pre-determined rosters of horses. Entry forms and lists of eligible horses are available on the OHHA website. First prize is $ 2,500 cash prize and a one share in a fractional ownership stable that is registered with the USTA for 2021. Second place is $1,000 cash prize, third place $750 cash prize, fourth place $500 cash prize and fifth place $250 cash prize. Additional prizes will be awarded. See contest rules for details. The contest is open to anyone that has not owned a standardbred that has raced in the past two years. Fractional ownership of less than 5% does not count as ownership for this contest. The winning stable will be determined by total stable earnings between June 12, 2020 and Breeders Crown Day October 31, 2020. See official contest rules for tie breaking procedures. Stable owners are encouraged to use a virtual stable to inform them when their horses will be racing. Standings will be updated on the OHHA website and via social media outlets. The OHHA would like to encourage current industry people to tell their friends about the contest. For every person that a current horseman refers, the person referring will get 1 entry into a drawing to win two tickets to the 2020 Little Brown Jug Hospitality Tent. The more unique people referred, the more entries they receive. A drawing will be held after all entries have been received. For more information: Frank Fraas  

Grove City, OH — With the resumption of harness racing in Ohio, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is releasing the revised schedule for the Buckeye Stallion Series. The first leg of the 3-year-old colt trot series, which was scheduled for May 2 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway, has been rescheduled for Monday (June 15) at MGM Northfield Park. Leg two has been rescheduled for June 30 at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the third leg will be July 14 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The 3-year-old filly pace series opener has been rescheduled for Tuesday (June 16) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The series was originally scheduled to open April 30 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 6 at MGM Northfield Park. The 3-year-old colt pace series first leg has also been rescheduled for Tuesday (June 16) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The series was originally scheduled for a May 2 opener at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 8 at Eldorado Scioto Downs with leg three July 20 at MGM Northfield Park. The 3-year-old filly trot, which was originally scheduled to open April 30 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway, has been rescheduled for Saturday (June 20) at MGM Northfield Park. The second leg has been rescheduled for July 1 at Eldorado Scioto Downs with leg three July 14, also at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The schedule for legs four and five remains the same. The OHHA would like to thank Dave Bianconi, the Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting at MGM Northfield Park, and Eldorado Scioto Downs Racing Secretary Jason Roth for their assistance in rescheduling these races. For additional information about the 2020 Buckeye Stallion Series and a revised schedule please visit the OHHA website at www.ohha.com/nominations or click here. The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

Grove City, OH - Due to spectator-less mandates, harness racing qualifying events scheduled for Eldorado Scioto Downs, MGM Northfield Park, and Delaware County will be available for live viewing on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Facebook page. Plans continue to capture any added events. Sixteen qualifying events are scheduled for Saturday May 16th, beginning at 2PM at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Qualifying events scheduled for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will also be available live on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Facebook page. Replays of all will be available on the Trot and Pace website, www.trotandpacemarketing.com. Current plans also call for the qualifiers scheduled for the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday May 19th and Wednesday May 20th to be shown live on the OHHA Facebook page. Qualifiers at Delaware are scheduled to begin at 11AM. Check the OHHA Facebook page for events as they are scheduled. Live spectator-less racing will begin at Eldorado Scioto Downs Friday May 22nd and at MGM Northfield Park on Tuesday March 26th. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas

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