Rogers Named Assistant Director of Racing at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Elizabeth Rogers, currently Racing Secretary at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, has been named Assistant Director of Racing for Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course effective February 5, 2021, pending customary regulatory approvals. Rogers replaces long time racing veteran Mark Loewe who celebrated his 42-year career with a retirement ceremony in December.

A graduate with honors from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Rogers has worked her way up in the racing office at Charles Town since coming on board to the West Virginia racetrack eight years ago. She has served as a racing official, stakes coordinator, Assistant Racing Secretary, and in July 2019, became one of only three full-time female racing secretaries in the country in assuming that position at Charles Town Races.

“Being a part of the growth of the Charles Town racing product over the past several years has been very rewarding and I want to thank everyone there for having such confidence in my abilities. In my new position I will be able to be involved in more facets of the racing operation and I look forward to the new challenge and opportunity,” said Rogers.

Rogers responsibilities will include oversight of all racing operations at Mahoning Valley Race Course – racing office, backstretch and mutuel departments. “We are excited to have Elizabeth join the team and keep the positive racing momentum Mahoning Valley Race Course has gained over its first six years of operation,” said Allie Evangelista, Vice President and General Manager at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

“Elizabeth is one of the outstanding young professionals in the racing ranks and we are pleased to have her accept this role and continue her growth as a future leader in the industry,” added Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc., parent company of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Cardinal Handicap and First Lady Stakes Rescheduled for Friday, November 27 at Mahoning Valley

The Cardinal Handicap for Ohio Registered 3 year olds and up at 6 furlongs with a $75,000 purse and the First Lady Stakes for Ohio Registered 3-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs also carrying a purse of $75,000 have both been rescheduled for Friday, November 27th at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Both Stakes were originally scheduled for Saturday, November 21st at Mahoning Valley but that racing date has been cancelled.

Please note both stakes will now close on Friday, November 20th. Contact Mahoning Valley Race Course racing secretary Ed Vomacka at 330-505-8813 for further information.

Live Racing Cancelled at Mahoning Valley through November 21st

Live racing at Mahoning Valley Race Course is cancelled through Saturday, November 21st with an expected return
date for live racing of Monday, November 23rd.

An employee of Mahoning Valley Race Course is hospitalized in the ICU and
has tested positive for Covid 19. Through video surveillance of the jocks room
is has been determined that at least 12 Mahoning Valley racing officials and
employees had exposure to that employee which will require a 14-day self quarantine for those persons. A
number of jockeys are in the same situation and track officials are still trying to
identify certain people from the tapes which will add to that total.

Training and normal backside operations will continue to be allowed while live racing is cancelled.

Further updates will be provided here as they are available.

Mahoning Valley Race Course Best of Ohio Recap

The Best of Ohio Program at Mahoning valley Race course was conducted Saturday, October 31st.
On a sunny, cool fall day with the track sealed and listed as muddy following
more than 2 inches of rain the previous two days in the Youngstown area, just
shy of $1.2 million dollars was wagered on the 10 race Best of Ohio program
which were all restricted to Ohio-breds.

Owner-breeder Maccabee Farm captured the first Best Of Ohio race of the
afternoon in the Juvenile Stakes with Buckeye Magic rallying to score a 1 3/4
length victory under jockey John McKee for trainer Tom Drury Jr. Morestride
gamely held the place in just his second career start for owner-trainer Mike
Rone. The victory was the second in three career starts for Buckeye Magic, a son
of Trappe Shot, who covered the one mile and one sixteenth distance in 1:47.70.

Prohibitive favorite Alexandria scored an easy 6 3/4 length victory in the John
Galbreath Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Alexandria ($2.20) captured her fourth
career victory from five starts for owner WinStar LLC, Blazing Meadows LLC and
Michael Lewis. Gerardo Corrales rode the winner for trainer Tim Hamm. Alexandria
covered the one and one sixteenth mile distance in 1:47.83 while sending her
career earnings to $197,160.

Chief Randel ($41.00) rallied to score a one length upset victory in the Best of
Ohio Sprint holding off former Ohio Horse of the Year Mo Don’t No who finished
strongly to gain second. Fernando Salazar Becerra rode Chief Randel for owner
Harry Waite and trainer Jose Romero. Chief Randel, a 3-year-old colt by Fiber
Sonde, covered the six furlongs in 1:11.77 in scoring his sixth career victory
from 17 starts.

Drillit ($19.40) rallied from last on the backstretch under jockey Christian
Pilares to score a 2 1/4 length victory over favorite Moonlit Mission in the
Best of Ohio Distaff. Robert Gorham trains Drillit, a 4-year-old daughter of
Drill, for owner Mast Thoroughbreds LLC. The victory was the seventh in 24
career starts for Drillit and sent her career earnings over the $400,000 mark.
Drillit covered the 1 1/18 miles in 1:55.86.

Favorite Forewarned ($4.00) scored a repeat victory in the Best of Ohio
Endurance outfinishing Wicked Warrior by a half length after a stretch long duel
in the 1 1/4 mile event. Sonny Leon rode Forewarned for trainer Uriah St. Lewis
and owner Trin-Brook Stables Inc. Forewarned, a 5-year-old full son of Flat Out,
scored his eighth career win in 30 starts sending his career earnings over the
half million dollar mark. Forewarned covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:06.78.

Ohio HBPA Board of Directors Election Results

247 total ballots received

Trainer/owner-trainer category
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.