Thistledown celebrates 90 years of thoroughbred racing

2014 Ohio Derby purse tripled to $300,000

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Thistledown Racino will celebrate its 90th season of thoroughbred racing this year with race day purses the highest they've ever been, totaling $100,000.

The 2014 racing season consists of 122 race days ending Nov. 16.

Thistledown's premier event of the season is the running of The Ohio Derby on July 19. The purse for the derby has been tripled to $300,000 this year, with the hope of drawing a wider field of horses and trainers from across the country.

"The Ohio Derby has been Thistledown's signature event for decades," said Rick Skinner, General Manager of Thistledown. "We wanted to restore this race to it's former glory buy significantly increasing the purse, which provides for a more prestigious race and elevates Northeast Ohio's spot on the racing map."

For this year's schedule of racing and other events at Thistledown Racino, click on the link below:

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