Mahoning Valley Barn 4 Quarantine Lifted

March 29, 2024

Test results are back and all horses in barn 4 were negative for Strangles. The
quarantine on barn 4 has been lifted. There are no more horses or barns in
quarantine at Mahoning Valley.

The requirements to ship in will remain in place
through the end of the meet at Mahoning Valley on April 13, 2024.

Thistledown Training Hours

Thistledown pre-meet training hours will be from noon until 3 pm daily beginning Monday, March 25th until further notice.

ODA Lifts Mahoning Valley Barn 8 Quarantine


This morning the Ohio Department of Agriculture lifted the EHV-1 quarantine of barn 8 at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Horses in barn 8 can now be entered as well as train with the general population.

The stable gate at Mahoning Valley remains closed due to the ongoing quarantine of barn 4 due to Strangles.

Southern Park and Howard B. Noonan Stakes Rescheduled for April 13th

The Ohio State Racing Commission has approved a request from the Ohio HBPA to reschedule both the Southern Park and the Howard B. Noonan Stakes to Saturday, April 13th at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

The Southern Park, a 6 furlong event for Ohio Registered 3-year-old fillies was originally scheduled for March 21st. The Noonan Stakes which runs at 6 furlongs for Ohio registered 3-year-olds was originally scheduled for April 4th.

Both stakes have been moved due to the quarantine situation at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Barn 4 is quarantined due to Strangles and barn 8 is quarantined due to Equine Herpes Virus. Due to these quarantines the Ohio Department of Agriculture is not allowing horses to ship into or out of Mahoning Valley. Provided there are no more positive cases in either barn the quarantines will be lifted prior to April 13th giving all horses which are eligible to these stakes races the opportunity to participate.

Mahoning Valley EHV-1 Positive

February 29- A horse in barn 8 which was pulled up in a race yesterday and showed clinical
signs of neurological issues this morning. The attending vet immediately did a
nasal swab and pulled blood and had the samples driven immediately to the ODA

Late this afternoon the results of the testing came back with a positive for
Equine Herpes Virus. Barn 8 was quarantined earlier today as a precaution and
will remain under quarantine. Unlike Strangles, EHV must be reported to the
Ohio Department of Agriculture and they will be in charge of the quarantine. The
ODA is expected to have personnel on the grounds tomorrow.

Mahoning Valley Strangles Update

February 27- Two horses in barn 4 showed symptoms yesterday and were nasal swabbed. Those
horses as well as a goat were removed from the grounds and shipped to a private
farm this afternoon.

The test results came back late this afternoon and one of the two horses was
positive for Strangles. Dr Smyth is retesting the entire barn tonight and
assuming all horses come back negative, today will be day one of 14 meaning the
earliest the barn will be eligible to come off quarantine is March 14th.

Mahoning Valley management has indicated that they will continue to keep the
gate closed to any incoming or outgoing traffic until barn 4 is out of