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Contact Info

21501 Emery Rd.
North Randall, OH 44128

Tel: (216) 662- 8600


Track Info

Thistledown is a thoroughbred race track in North Randall, Ohio at the outskirts of the city of Cleveland. It is owned by Magna Entertainment Corporation.

The track was founded in 1925 as Randall Park. (Incorrect Randall Park was across the street and closed in 1969. In 1976 the land was rezoned and it became Randall Park Mall) It came under the regulation of the Ohio Racing Commission in 1931 when it was formed. The track is the home of the Ohio Derby, the only graded stakes race in Ohio.

The track races under the Ohio 7/7 Program which means that live racing is held at two locations in the state at the same time. During the summer Thistledown races seven races on a card and River Downs races the other seven. In September, Beulah Park takes over for River Downs. Ohio racing is dark January to March. The track has declined in recent years due to summertime competition and the lack of slot machines that neighboring tracks have.

The track has a one mile dirt oval. There is no turf course.

Opening Times

Open daily at 11:30 a.m.
Live racing 2008: May 1 - September 29

Entry Cost

There is no admission cost into Thistledown racecourse and parking is free


Thistledown is located Located 10 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland. One mile west of I-271, two blocks north of I-480 at the intersection of Warrensville and Emery Roads.