247 total ballots received
Bobby Cline 151
Mark Doering 133
Robin Schuster 120
Rodney Faulkner 107
Doug Cowans 102
Owner only category
Kristi Tumblin 138
Jeff Jarvis 110
Bruce Miller 98
Bobby Cline, Mark Doering and Robin Schuster have been elected to four year terms in the trainer/owner-trainer category with Rodney Faulkner to serve as the alternate in that category for the next two years.
Kristi Tumblin, Jeff Jarvis and Bruce Miller have been elected to four year terms in the owner only category.
The Ohio HBPA and Belterra Park entered into a new track agreement on Monday, September 14 replacing the old agreement which was signed in 1996.
Highlights of the agreement include; a training and stabling schedule that will go from April 15th through October 31st each year, with training to be conducted 6 days per week before and during the live meet and 5 days per week after the live meet concludes each year; a 50/50 division of all export simulcast revenues which is how most racing states operate but is not the case by statute in Ohio unless the parties agree ; a minimum of 80% of the 1015 assignable stalls at the track must be allocated to trainers who have stabled at an Ohio track in that year or the preceding year; locks in dorm room fees at the current rates throughout the contract term; requires that any racing or training days that are cancelled be made up; requires that the horsemen’s share of VLT proceeds at the track be held by the OHBPA with a minimum of 80% of those funds being held in a segregated account to be used solely for thoroughbred purses at Belterra Park; reduces the amount which can be used from the purse account for open stakes races each year which allows for more purse money for the overnight program (this is only open stakes, the Ohio stakes program remains the same).
The agreement runs through December 31, 2023 and renews on a year to year basis thereafter unless either party opts out at least 90 days prior to the renewal date.
The Ohio HBPA has granted export approval for Belterra Park through the end of the meet and the signal should be available at all wagering outlets that it was previously available at beginning Tuesday, September 15th.
Ballots for the upcoming Ohio HBPA board of directors election have been mailed and all members should receive them no later than Wednesday, September 9th.
If you are a member of the Ohio HBPA and don’t receive a ballot by September 9th please contact the Ohio HBPA auditors, Hirth, Norris & Garrison LLP at 614-875-0803. Once the auditors confirm that you are a member you will be mailed a ballot at the address which you give to the auditors.
Ballots are due in to Hirth, Norris & Garrison by Friday, October 2nd and the results of the election will be announced on this site as well as the HBPA offices at Belterra Park and Thistledown on Saturday, October 3rd.
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.
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.
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.
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.