Belterra Park Covid 19 Positive

A groom who stays in a dorm room at Belterra park has tested positive for Covid 19. He is currently hospitalized.
The Hamilton County Health Department has informed the Ohio HBPA that due to the positive additional screening requirements must be put in place for those living in the same dorm building.

Those residing in dorm building A will be required to be screened three times per day through July 13th. At least one of these times each daily will be self reporting via phone. Kathi Feebeck will be distributing the reporting schedule this morning Friday, July 3rd.

These orders are directly from the health department and they are going to require that the forms be turned in so if we want to continue to race those in that dorm building are going to have to comply or move off of the grounds until after July 13th. We simply can’t risk non compliance.

Those living in dorm building b will still be under the once per day temperature screening that they have been doing and won’t have any additional requirements.

2020 Ohio HBPA Board of Directors Election Notice

Below is the 2020 Ohio HBPA Board of Directors election notice which was mailed out to our members as well as the 2020 Ohio HBPA election schedule.

If you are a member and have not received this notice by Friday, June 12th please contact Kathy Moore at(614) 875-1269 and give her your current address. The Ohio State Racing Commission is no longer providing members addresses to the Ohio HBPA so if you are a new member or have had a change of address in the past year we may not have your current address.

Election Notice 2020

2020 Ohio HBPA Election Schedule

Barn Area Safety Protocols for Thistledown and Belterra Park

The barn area opens at Thistledown today, May 26th and on Saturday, May 30th at Belterra Park.

The following safety protocols have been put in place and must be followed by those in the barn area at either track.

1. A mask or face covering must be worn at all times.
2. Trainers are responsible for daily health screenings on their employees. (To help fulfill this requirement the Ohio HBPA has created a one-page form complete with instructions that a trainer can have his or her employees fill out each day. The form is available for download below and will also be available at the HBPA offices at both Belterra Park and Thistledown)
3. Trainers are required to provide hand sanitizer for their employees.
4. Those living in dorm rooms will be required to go to the HBPA office between the hours of 8am and 10am daily to have their temperatures checked via digital thermometers.

Below is a full list of the safety protocols approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission to allow for racing to resume without spectators in the state as well as the daily health screening form.

Safety Protocols Covid-19

Covid-19 Screening Form Final 5-28-20

Covid-19 Health Screening Form Available for Download and Copying

One of the protocols listed in the “Protocols for a Safe Return to Racing w/o Spectators” which was adopted by the OSRC along with their resolution to resume live racing in Ohio, states that “Trainers, Contractors & Vendors will perform medical screening for all of their employees who wish to enter the barn area or front side area(s) in accordance with applicable public health order or recommendations.”

The Ohio HBPA has developed a simple one page Covid-19 Health Screening Form which will help trainers and other comply with this requirement. The form is available below for download and printing.

Covid-19 Screening Form Final 5-28-20

Mahoning Valley Closing Dates

Attention horsemen stabled at Maqhoning Valley this Saturday, May 23rd will be the last day that there will be a clocker at the track for you to get a recorded work. The Ohio HBPA will pay for stabling and training at the track to continue through May 31st. All horsemen and horses must be off the grounds no later than May 31st.

Thistledown Sets Dates for Resumption of Live Racing

Thistledown will submit the following dates to the OSRC this this evening or tomorrow morning for approval.

The barn area will open up for set up as well as the shipping in of horses on May 26th.
The first day of training will be May 28th. The first day of live racing will be Thursday, June 4th.
Racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule with several additional dates to be added to the calendar shortly. First post time is 12:50pm.

Dates Finalized for Return of Live Racing at Belterra Park

The Ohio State Racing Commission today approved the racing dates for the resumption of live racing at Belterra Park. Live racing will be conducted without spectators.

Trainers will be able to set up in the barn area beginning May 29th. Horses residing in Ohio and Kentucky may begin shipping in to Belterra Park on May 30th.

The first day of training at Belterra Park will be on June 1st also horses from other states can ship in on this date.
Opening day for live racing will be Thursday, June 4th.

After opening week racing will be conducted on a Tuesday-Friday schedule each week with a post time of 12:35pm at least until or if spectators are allowed back.

OSRC Passes Resolution Allowing for the Resumption of Live Racing in Ohio

The Ohio State Racing Commission during a Webex meeting Thursday, May 14th unanimously passed a motion allowing for the resumption of live racing in the state as well as setting the safety protocols under which stabling, training and racing will take place in the state.

Both the resolution and the protocols are available below.

The Ohio HBPA is working with ownership at both Thistledown and Belterra Park to set the schedule for shipping in to stable at the tracks as well as on dates for the resumption of live racing. Those will be available on this site as soon as they are determined as will specifics on how the safety protocols will be put into place and operate at each track.


Safety Protocols Covid-19