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On this page, you will find out everything about Cedar Downs in Ohio. This includes where it is, which gambling options it offers, and much more.

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As part of the Cedar Corner entertainment complex, Cedar Downs Ohio is the state's only off-track betting facility. The location is not as incongruous as it sounds: one of the most famous and historic rides at the nearby Cedar Point amusement park is the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, an equestrian-themed high-speed carousel that holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Happily, there's nothing antiquated about the betting experience at Cedar Downs. Operated by MGM Northfield Park, one of Ohio's most popular harness racing tracks, it offers a contemporary betting environment will full coverage of all race meetings across the USA. Whatever the season, there's always something to bet on at Cedar Downs.

About Cedar Downs in Ohio

Conveniently located near the Cleveland Highway, Cedar Downs is a 50-mile drive from the big city. It is on the turning for the renowned Cedar Park amusement park, inspiring the name Cedar Corner for the entertainment complex. There is extensive hotel accommodation on site, mostly aimed at families visiting the amusement park.

However, that should not detract from the entertainment on offer in and around Cedar Downs. While gamblers will naturally focus on the off-course horse betting, there is plenty more to do. The complex has an extensive bowling alley, plus laser tag and even an ax-throwing room.

With a lively bar, that spills out onto a patio in the warmer months, there is something for everyone here. However, there is no way to take part in Ohio sports betting there, as there is no physical sportsbook at Cedar Downs.

What kinds of betting does Cedar Downs offer?

It's all about the horses — and we're not just talking the racecourse-themed ride at the amusement park up the road. Cedar Downs has all the simulcast betting you could wish for, available every day. However, there is no live Ohio horse betting in Cedar Downs, as it’s not a race track.

  • Off-track betting - Open daily, Cedar Downs has a full range of simulcast betting from every race meeting in the USA. Whether you prefer harness racing or thoroughbreds, you'll be able to get your bets on here. Moreover, a huge assortment of individual TV cartels gives you every possible view of the action as well as the privacy to make your bets without distraction.

How do I place a horse bet at Cedar Downs?

It's easy to place a bet on a horse race, even if it's your first time. Just have a look at our guidelines below, and you'll be picking your favorites in no time.

  1. Select the track to bet on - The simulcast program features races from all over the USA. You might prefer to follow events at one track, or mix and match from around the country.
  2. Pick a race and bet the chosen amount - It's a good idea to go with a set budget and make sure you don't bet more than a set amount on each race. Then, once you've picked out the one that interests you, it's time to decide on your wager.
  3. Decide which kind of wager to bet on - The obvious bet is to pick a winner, but there are other options. You could go for a place bet, where you win if your horse finishes in the top three. For a long shot, that could link a big purse, you might look at a trifecta. This specialist wager requires you to name the top three in their finishing order. It's a tough one to land, but the rewards can be huge.
  4. Choose your horse(s) - Whether you study the form or follow your hunch, it's up to you how you select the rides you want to back.
  5. Place your bet - Once you've made your choice, just go to the betting kiosk and ask the friendly staff to place the bet you would like. Keep hold of your betting slip — you will need it later to claim any winnings.

Cedar Downs entertainment & cuisine

Race action is by no means the only attraction for visitors to Cedar Downs. The surrounding Cedar Corner entertainment complex has a wealth of fun of games, plus options to feed your hunger and quench your thirst.

  • Thirsty Pony - If playing the ponies works up your appetite, the Thirsty Pony has everything you need. The in-house diner has a wide-ranging menu with everything from steaks, perch and pasta to Frickers Chicken Wings with your choice of 17 sauces. Moreover, the bar has up to 15 craft or micro brews on top, ideal for celebrating a big win or drowning sorrows after a rough day. In addition, the whole place has a lively bar vibe, ideal for a post-race party.
  • Drunken Donkey - The Drunken Donkey is a pop-up bar that serves the Pony Patio during the summer months. As the name suggests, the Pony Patio is the open-air extension to the Thirsty Pony bar and restaurant.
  • Max Action Arena - If lumberjacks played darts, this is how they'd do it. The Max Action Arena is an ax-throwing venue. The game is as simple as it sounds: take your ax, throw it at the wall and whoever is closest to the bullseye gets the most points. Simple to grasp, hard to master, this is a fun challenge for all.
  • Lazer Runner - For an adrenaline rush, how about a spot of laser tag? This venue caters for players aged six and up. The 2,000 square foot arena is shrouded in dry ice, with heart-pounding music and special lighting adding to the atmosphere. Zap your rivals with your laser gun to pick-up points. The top marksman after 15 minutes wins the game. In addition, with a limit of 18 players per session, everyone gets into the thick of the action.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 1935 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, OH, 44870
Opening hours: 12 PM - 10 PM
Website: cedarcorner.com
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: 419-627-8573


How popular is Cedar Downs Ohio?

Cedar Downs in Ohio is extremely popular. With over 700 reviews on TripAdvisor, the average rating works out at exactly 4 out of 5. However, it's worth keeping in mind that these reviews are for the whole complex, not just the off-course betting service.

Is there free parking in Cedar Downs in Ohio?

There is free parking at Cedar Downs and the adjacent hotels. However, visitors should be aware that the hotel car parks may be limited to guests only. Please check the signage in the car park to confirm any charges.

Who owns Cedar Downs?

Cedars Downs is owned and operated by MGM Northfield Park, a harness racing track located between Akron and Cleveland. It forms an off-track betting facility for their race days, as well as providing a base for nationwide simulcasting.

Does Cedar Downs offer Ohio sports betting?

No, Cedar Downs does not offer Ohio sports betting. It is just an off-track betting location.