Thistledown to Host Three Race Sprint Series

Thistledown will be conducting a three race sprint series for claimers beginning April 26th with legs worth $20,000 and $25,000 and a $30,000 final. Later in the meet we will also have a three race route series. Below are the details for the sprint series.

Jack Thistledown Racino
Sprint Series
Presented by the OHIO HBPA

Horses must run in either of the 1st two legs of the Sprint Series (April 26th or
May 26th) in order to be eligible to run in the Sprint Series Finale on June 26th.

1st leg (April 26th 5F $20,000) is a $5,000, for each $500 higher in claiming price an
additional 1 lb.

2nd leg (May 26th 5-1/2F $25,000) is a $7,500, for each $500 higher in claiming price
an additional 1 lb.

3rd leg (June 26th 6F $30,000) will be run under open weight conditions and
restricted to horses that have run in either of the 1st two legs of the Sprint Series.

Preference for the Sprint Series Finale will be given to horses with the highest points
accumulated in the 1st two legs of the series. Point system is as follows;
1st – 5 Points, 2nd – 4 Points, 3rd – 3 Points, 4th – 2 Points, 5th – 1 Point.

(Preference to horses with highest points accumulated in the series. Tiebreaker will be
determined by highest earnings in 2021)

Belterra Park 2021 Meet Information for Horsemen

Set up for assigned stalls from April 12 to April 14. First day for horses on
the grounds April 15th. First day of training April 15th.

Racing Office will be closed Sundays and Mondays
With the exception of opening week of live racing and the office will take
entries Monday 4/26 for Thursday 4/29 race day

SCRATCH TIME: 9:00am day of race

Entries close no earlier than 10:30am as follows:
Enter Saturday for Thursday
Enter Tuesday for Friday
Enter Thursday for Tuesday
Enter Friday for Wednesday
Entry days may be added or changed if the race week changes from the normal
Tuesday – Friday race schedule, ie: racing on Saturday

Training Pre-Live Racing will be Monday – Saturday from 7am to 11am starting on
Thursday 4/15
Gate Schooling Pre-Live Racing will be offered the opening week of live racing,
starting at 9am, Monday 4/26 to Wednesday 4/28

Training for Live Racing will start Thursday 4/29 from 6am to 10:30am, with ½
break from 8am – 8:30am
Gate Schooling for Live Racing will be offered after the break at 8:30am,
Starting Thursday 4/29
Gate Schooling during live racing will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at 8:30am,
starting Tuesday May 4th

Mahoning Valley Barn Quarantine Lifted

The horse in question had a negative PCR test and as a result the quarantine on barn 1 at Mahoning Valley has been lifted. Training hours will be 7am to 11am Friday morning for all barns.

Penn National management is currently maintaining a band on all shippers from Kentucky and Maryland due to confirmed Equine Herpes Virus cases in thoroughbreds in those states.

Mahoning Valley Update March 11 PM

Here is the latest information we have.

A horse in barn 1 died this morning. While EHV is not the suspected cause of death the horse did exhibit some neurological signs prior to dying. Because of this the horse was sent off for a necropsy as well as having blood pulled.

The results of the EHV testing should be back tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution barn 1 has been quarantined until such time as the EHV testing results come back.

Training on Friday will be from 7 to 10 am for all barns except barn 1 with the gate open from 8 to 10. Training for horses in barn 1 will be from 10 to 11am.

Also due to a positive EHV at a training center in Kentucky, Penn National management has decided not to allow any horses shipping in from Kentucky until further notice.

We will post additional information here as we have it.

Ohio HBPA, Farm Bureau Continue Strong Partnership

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – In a continued effort to strengthen ties within the agriculture community, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are advancing their partnership. Ohio HBPA represents nearly 2,500 owners and trainers who race thoroughbreds at Ohio’s three commercial thoroughbred race tracks.

Ohio HBPA is donating to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, focusing on bringing more young people to careers in agriculture, as well as offering $5,000 in scholarships for incoming college freshmen pursuing agriculture-related majors.

“Those of us involved in thoroughbred racing have long enjoyed a solid relationship with Ohio’s agricultural community,” said Dave Basler, executive director of Ohio HBPA. “Our ongoing commitment to the Ohio Farm Bureau and its foundation bolsters the link between our organizations and our industries.”

In addition to commitments made to the foundation, Ohio HBPA also announced it will be a sponsor of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and will purchase Farm Bureau memberships for some of its members and staff through OFBF’s group membership program.

“Our partnership with Ohio HBPA has been characterized by generosity and shared priorities and its continuation speaks to how connected our organizations are,” said Michael Bailey, vice president of strategic partnerships with Ohio Farm Bureau. “We value their commitment to our vision and appreciate their ongoing investment in our foundation to support our mission throughout the year.”


Multiple polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAHG) products are being marketed for intra-articular use in
horses for the treatment of joint pain and lameness caused by conditions ranging from acute
synovitis to end-stage osteoarthritis. Product claims include pain relief of up to 24 months and
delayed progression of joint disease. Neither have been substantiated by independent research.
Individuals contemplating the use of such products in horses engaged in racing and training should
be aware of the following:
• These products are not FDA-approved medications; their safety, efficacy, purity,
concentration, and stability have not been evaluated.
• Substances registered as Medical Devices do not have FDA approval.
• These products have not been studied beyond 56 days post-administration to equine joints;
the long-term effects of PAHG on joint health are unknown.
• The mechanism of action of PAHG in relieving lameness is unknown; statements related
to effects within the joint are speculative.
Per the manufacturers’ websites, case selection criteria for the use of PAHG are poorly defined.
The equine joint is a complex structure that can sustain injury or undergo degenerative disease in
multiple ways. There is no one-size-fits-all response to treatment of lameness that is determined
to be localized to a specific joint. It is important to remember that lameness is a clinical sign and
not a disease. A treatment plan should be formulated after the underlying cause of the lameness
is thoroughly investigated. Without an appropriate physical examination and relevant diagnostic
modalities, treatments directed at relieving lameness have the potential to mask musculoskeletal
disease thus putting the affected horse at increased risk of more serious injury or death.
In What is the evidence of Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrogel in Intra-articular Therapy in Equines?
A Systematic Literature review*, the authors deSouza et al., note, “No study was included showing
any clinical outcome in disease[d] synovial tissues of PAHG which still lacks further evidence to
support its choice by critical professionals.”
For these reasons, the RMTC recommends extreme caution when considering the use of these
products in horses engaged in racing and training.

*Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 86 (2020) 102909