Ohio HBPA Board Approves Strangles Quarantine Benevolence

At its meeting on Friday, May 17th the Ohio HBPA board of directors approved the following motion:
“The Ohio HBPA will aid in paying the expenses of owners which had a race horse(s) which were stabled in a barn in which track management or HISA ordered a Strangles quarantine for 30 days or more during the Mahoning Valley Race Course 2024 Winter-Spring meeting. Such owners are eligible to fill out a Strangles Quarantine Benevolence Form and after verification of the information the owner (as listed with Equibase) will be compensated $5 (Five dollars) per day per horse for the period which the barn was quarantined.”

The Strangles Benevolence Request Form is below and can be returned via email to [email protected] or any Ohio HBPA field office.

OHIO HBPA Strangles Quarantine Benevolence Request Form

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.