Ohio Sires Stakes finals bumped to $200,000
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McClelland also mentioned the distributions of tax proceeds from casino gambling by the Ohio State Racing Commission this year. Overall in 2013, $1.8 million was transferred to the OSDF.
Total Ohio Sires Stakes purses increased from $1,918,200 in 2012 to $3,115,000 this year. Purses in 2014 will reach $3.99 million if nominations and entries are similar to 2013.
However, entries have been projected to increase enough to result in 72-75 races being held to determine qualifiers to the championships, up from 63 races this year.
This will result in record total purses of approximately $4.4 million. Ohio Sires Stakes purses have exceeded $4 million only in 2000.
Although the OSDF Committee did not determine actual dates of all sire stakes races next year, it did award the championships to Scioto Downs and the track is expected to host them on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The OSDF also discussed racing conditions next year, including the possibility of replacing nominating and sustaining payments that accompany entries with a one-time payment due on March 15.
This item and others will be addressed by the OSDF Committee when it meets next in Columbus during December. (Ohio State Racing Commission)