The Paulding County Fair at Paulding, Ohio, will be the first Ohio fair to make use of video lottery terminal (VLT) money for its harness racing program.
Racing begin on Wednesday, June 12 with a seven-race card. There were also four Trottingbred races on the Wednesday program.
The two-day meet concluded on Thursday June 13 with nine harness races.
Pari-mutuel wagering was a part of each evening of entertainment.
In May, The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, the Ohio State Racing Commission, OSRC Chairman Bob Schmitz, and Mountaineer Gaming (Scioto Downs) have approved checks for $15,100 each to the 65 Ohio county fairs that conduct harness racing.
These funds are from the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s VLT funds, with $11,600 slated to be used for the Ohio Fairs Fund races. When combined with the Ohio Fairs Fund allocation of $1,354, the base purse for the eight stakes races is $2,804.
The remaining portion of the check ($3,500) is to be used for racing-related and general operating expenses.
If any of the races are cancelled, these allocated funds must be returned to the OSRC, and the funding that came from the Ohio Fairs Fund must be returned to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Per an agreement between the Ohio Fair Managers Association and the OHHA, the 29 fairs that do not conduct harness racing will each receive $700. This allocation from the Horsemen’s VLT funds may be used for general operating expenses at these fairs.