Thistledown is a one-mile thoroughbred race track in North Randall, Ohio. The
track is located on 128 acres approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland.
Thistledown holds live horse racing in a season that typically starts either
in March or April and ends in December. In fact, the track has one of the longest
racing seasons of all North American thoroughbred racetracks, covering approximately
185 racing days.
Thistledown hosts the Ohio Derby every year. The Derby is the premier graded
stakes race in the state and one of the top races for three-year olds in the
country. Aside from the Derby, other Stakes events hosted by Thistledown include:
Emerald Necklace Stakes
Best of Ohio Endurance
Best of Ohio Distaff
Best of Ohio Sprint
John W. Galbreath
One of the peculiar aspects of horse racing at Thistledown is that they consider
some simulcast races from the nearby Ohio track of Beulah Park as being “theirs”.
This is the reason why many betting schedules and guides often put the names
of these two tracks side-by-side on their materials.
Thistle Down Track Facts
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History of Thistledown
- Thistledown race track opened.
- Onion Roll reached 43.26 mph in a race at Thistledown on Sept. 27.
This was the fastest speed recorded by any horse in a single race.
North Randall, Ohio
- Magna Entertainment, one of North America’s biggest owners,
operators and managers of horse racing tracks, acquired Thistledown in November.
- Five barns with 34 stalls each opened on the Thistledown backstretch,
increasing the Cleveland-area track’s stable capacity to 34 barns
and 1,598 stalls.