Track Facts

The Track

  • A one mile oval racetrack over which thoroughbreds race.
  • Six inches of clear drainage stone on top of the native soil has been used to build the sub grade. This drainage stone is clean stone between the size of a quarter to a half dollar. Water runs through it, allowing for the track conditions to improve quickly after heavy precipitation.
  • We cover this drainage stone with stone dust. Stone dust is made up of particles smaller than 1/4 or 3/8 of an inch. Stone dust is the mixture of powder, sand and chips that is left when rock is crushed and the large stones are removed. Powder or agricultural lime is added to make it bind and provide a stable base. There is a layer of fabric between the native soil and the drainage stone and a layer of fabric between the drainage stone and the stone dust.
  • A mixture of sand and clay is spread over the stone dust to provide the cushion.
  • The track is banked at 3% in the stretches and 6% in the turns.
  • The track is 80 feet wide.
  • The stretch is 1,000 feet long.

Racing & Wagering Areas

  • There are two (2) main wagering areas – 1st floor, and the Simulcast Teletheater on the 2nd Floor. Wagering machines are available on both levels.
  • The backstretch consists of 13 barns with stabling for up to 988 horses, and a receiving barn which has 54 stalls. The receiving barn is used by horses that will be coming in the day of the race from another track or farm to race.
  • The track is responsible for all costs in maintaining the racetrack surface and in services provided in the barn area (water, electricity) plus all removal of manure (by a 3rd party contractor.)
  • Dormitories are available for employees of the horse trainers, the building has 84 rooms that can house 2 (two) people in each room, capacity of 168. There is no charge to horsemen for barn stall space but they will be charged for the dormitory space. The dormitory will have a lounge and vending machines available for horseman.
  • The track determines which horsemen receive stalls on the grounds and how many stalls they receive. This process is done before each racing season.
  • The backstretch is considered a secured area by the Ohio Racing Commission and HGMVRC provides 24-7 security for the backstretch during the racing season and any individual in that area must be licensed by the Commission.