A rally at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus by the Ohio horse racing industry Tuesday, May 19, is just four days away and the forces behind the gathering continue to drum up support, including getting the word out via a radio interview with former Scioto Downs director of racing Jim Ewart on Thursday.
The purpose of the 10 a.m. rally is to show the horsemen’s support for the Ohio State Racing Commission’s proposal to allow slot machines at the state’s racetracks. The Ohio legislature is expected to take a vote on a proposed budget sometime next month.
For anyone who does not want to drive their own vehicle to the Statehouse, there will be six motor coaches leaving from Scioto Downs. The ride is free, which each coach holding 54 people. Persons wishing to ride from Scioto should be at the track between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m.
There will also be a free bus ride from Lebanon Raceway to the Statehouse, more information on that trip is available by calling (513) 836-6812. A bus will also be leaving Raceway Park in Toledo at 7 a.m. that morning. There are still some seats available so if you are interested call (614) 778-5816.
People are asked to bring supportive posters, but be sure to not place them on sticks. Also, drivers and trainers are encouraged to wear clean colors. Also, take a moment and write a letter to your State Representative, Senator and the Governor expressing your support for the proposal, and those will be collected and delivered.