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Ohio Extends Racing Ban, Mandates Backstretches Remain Open

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) issued a directive effective Mar. 31 mandating that Thoroughbred and Standardbred tracks remain closed for live racing through Apr. 30 while stipulating that backstretch facilities at venues where meets were already in progress have to stay "open and operational until further notice." At this time of year, Mahoning Valley Race Course is the only Thoroughbred track open in Ohio. Live racing was last held there Mar. 18. The OSRC's directive was issued on the heels of horsemen at Mahoning Valley receiving notice from track...

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