Mahoning Valley Strangles Update

The quarantine on barn 7 at Mahoning Valley Race Course was lifted on February 14th after all horses in that barn tested negative for a second time. Barn 4 remains quarantined at the track as nasal swab testing of all horses in that barn on Friday, February 9th returned three positive tests.

The horses which tested positive from barn 4 have all been removed from the grounds.

National HBPA Horsemen’s Advisory

(Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024)
Avoid substances recently banned by HISA, including supplements claiming to mitigate bleeding, ulcers etc.; and horsemen need to be clear on compounded substances requiring medical justification.

Horsemen: We want to make sure everyone has seen the recent announcement from HIWU which reminds Covered Persons, including horsemen and veterinarians, of the following regulations under HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program in regard to foreign, unapproved and/or compounded products:

• Products that are legally manufactured outside the United States must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be permitted domestically. For example, Clotol, a Canadian medication used to mitigate bleeding, is not approved by the FDA and is therefore a Banned Substance under the ADMC Program.

• The compounding of products intended to mimic foreign medications that are not approved in the United States, e.g., Hemo-15, is prohibited.

• The use of compounded products requires medical justification, which must be recorded in the Covered Horse’s medical record and uploaded to the HISA portal.

• Dietary supplements with drug claims on the label, e.g., “treats ulcers,” “mitigates bleeding,” or “prevents tying up,” are, per the FDA, Unapproved, New Animal drugs and are thus categorized as Banned Substances by HISA.

We urge caution if these substances are used, and where possible, alternatives should be found. The presence, administration, possession or trafficking of a Banned Substance is considered an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Additionally, it has been brought to our attention that HIWU seized some Yunnan Bai Yao and it was tested. The test showed the presence of higenamine, a banned substance. Higenamine was not listed in the product’s ingredients. It is important to remember, there is unquantifiable risk in the use of herbal products in horses in a regulated racing environment.

We have been informed that a positive test result stemming from the presence of a Prohibited Substance in a supplement will be prosecuted by HIWU as an ADMC Program violation regardless of whether or not the product label listed the Prohibited Substance as an ingredient.

We must continue to caution against changes such as these, and we must continue to be the voice of reason keeping what is in the best interest of equine health and welfare.

Eric Hamelback,
CEO, National HBPA
[email protected]

Mahoning Valley Cancels Racing Monday, January 29th

Mahoning Valley has cancelled live racing for today Monday, January 29th due to adverse track conditions.

Training for tomorrow Tuesday, January 30th has also been cancelled. A decision on live racing for Tuesday, January 30th will be made after the track condition is evaluated tomorrow morning.

The live racing day will be made up.

Make up days for the two previous cancelled days at Mahoning Valley this meet have been set for Saturday February 24th and Sunday, March 17th.

Mahoning Valley Management Cancels Racing for Tuesday, January 16

Management at Mahoning Valley has decided to cancel racing tomorrow due to the
anticipated wind chill.

Mangement does not need HBPA approval to cancel and they did not have it here.
By contract the day will be made up at a date to be determined later.

There will be training on Tuesday.

Mahoning Valley Barn 7 Quarantined

January 8, 2024

Barn 7 at Mahoning Valley Race Course has been quarantined due to horse in that barn returning a positive nasal swab test for Strangles last Friday.

All of the horses in barn 7 had nasal swab tests performed on them on Sunday, January 7th and those swabs were delivered to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on Monday, January 8th for testing.

Other than barn 7 horses continue to be allowed to ship in and out of Mahoning Valley Race Course at this time.

Mahoning Valley Fall Meet Begins October 21 with Free Program Download Available Daily

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will welcome fans back to the races for its 10th anniversary season this Saturday with an eight-race card starting at 12:00pm. “We are excited to open the gate on our tenth season of live racing,” comments Rob Swedinovich, Vice President and General Manager, “and to help us celebrate we will be offering a free live program on our website throughout the entire season.” Bettors can find the free program link at

The first stakes action of the meet will be on October 28 when the top Ohio Breds take to the track competing for half a million dollars in purses in the final Best of Ohio stakes of 2023. Three weeks later on November 20 with a special first race post time of 12:00pm is the return of the Steel Valley Sprint for 3 year olds going 6 furlongs which will see a purse boost to $300,000 this year. Featured alongside the Steel Valley Sprint is the $200,000 Cheryl C White Memorial for 3 year old fillies going 6 furlongs. First run at Mahoning Valley in April of 2021, the third edition of the Cheryl C White Memorial has received a significant purse increase and found a new home in the fall stakes schedule to help raise awareness of Cheryl and her story. “This change has been a long time coming with initial discussions of the move beginning in the winner’s circle right after the second running in April of 2022,” states Director of Racing Elizabeth Rogers, “We saw an opportunity to do more and help bring Cheryl’s story into the spotlight.” Nominations for the Steel Valley Sprint and Cheryl C White Memorial close November 6.

Some familiar sights and interesting changes are available for handicappers at this year’s meet. The 15% takeout Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5 wagers will be returning with the Pick 5 being offered as a $1 minimum. Also returning to the wagering menu is the $.20 Buckeye Jackpot Pick 6 which will see an adjustment of its consolation/carryover split to 50/50 from the previous 30/70.

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course races Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with a first race post time of 12:55pm in October, March, and April and a 12:45pm first race post time in November through February. Four Saturday race cards are scheduled on October 21, October 28, December 30 and April 13 with a first race post time of 12:00pm. The fall race meet runs October 21 – December 30, 2023. The 2024 Winter/Spring race meet runs January 1, 2024 – April 13, 2024. The 2024 dates are currently pending approval by the Ohio State Racing Commission.