Ohio Thoroughbred Racing News

Jan 29th 2018

Mahoning Valley Make Up Dates

The Ohio HBPA and Mahoning Valley track management have reached agreement on make up dates for the six racing programs lost thus far in 2018 due to inclement weather and adverse track conditions. The following Fridays will be added to the winter-spring meeting schedule Friday, March 2nd, Friday, March 16th and Friday, March 30th. The other additional racing programs will be added to the end of the meet and are Monday, April 23rd, Tuesday, April…

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Jan 19th 2018

Racing Cancelled at Mahoning Valley for Saturday, January 20th

After a meeting between several Ohio HBPA board members and members of Mahoning Valley Race Course management live racing has been cancelled at Mahoning Valley for Saturday, January 20th due to adverse track conditions. The members participating in the meeting walked the track and it was determined that there are still icy patches on the racing surface caused by heavy rain last Friday morning which preceded a 30 degree temperature drop followed by  over 8…

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Jan 15th 2018

Racing Cancelled at Mahoning Valley Tuesday and Wednesday, January 16th and 17th

Live racing has been cancelled at Mahoning Valley on both Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17th due to inclement weather and adverse track conditions.   The track will be open during regular training hours both days to allow horsemen to get their horses out of the stalls to stretch their legs. Training should be limited to jogging only due to current track conditions.   Live racing will resume at Mahoning Valley Race Course this…

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Dec 19th 2017

Mahoning Valley Announces 2018 Winter-Spring Meeting Purse Increases

Mahoning Valley Race Course, in cooperation with the Ohio HBPA, announced a 5-7% purse increase to be effective January 2, 2018. Purses for maiden special weights will increase from $21,000 to $22,100 and allowance races will be as high as $29,000 up from their current $27,500. “Thanks to increased handle and continued strong support of the VLT operation, we can pass along some of these increases to the participating horsemen,” said Ed Vomacka, racing secretary…

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Oct 10th 2017

2017 Best Of Ohio Recap

Belterra Park hosted the Best of Ohio series on a warm partly cloudy day in Cincinnati on Saturday, October 7th. The Best of Ohio series consists of five stakes races each worth $150,000 for Ohio-breds. Missap kicked off the stakes action scoring an easy five length gate to wire victory in the $150,000 John W. Galbreath Memorial for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies. Jockey Dean Sarvis expertly rated Missap through a slow opening half before drawing away…

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Jul 31st 2017

Fabulous Ohio University Scholarship Offer

Thanks to the generosity of a former Ohio HBPA board member, the Ohio HBPA is proud to partner with Ohio University in offering a terrific scholarship opportunity for sons and daughters of Ohio trainers. The scholarship will include full tuition, room and board at Ohio University and is renewable for 4 years. Eligibility requirements include being the son of daughter of a trainer who has been licensed for at least five years and is currently…

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Feb 21st 2017

Ohio HBPA Donates $50,000 to Support New Vocations’ Aftercare Efforts

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) has donated $50,000 to support the program’s aftercare efforts at their Ohio facility. In 2016, New Vocations took in over 450 retired racehorses, 66 of which came directly from an Ohio racetrack or farm. “It is important to the Ohio HBPA that our retired Thoroughbreds be given a chance to thrive in a second career. We are proud to…

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Jan 20th 2017

Mahoning Valley Race Course Announces Purse Increase

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, announced today an across the board purse increase beginning with Condition Book #2, which starts Monday, January 30. The increase of 5% will take the daily purse distribution to an unprecedented level for the facility, which began live thoroughbred racing in November, 2014. Mark Loewe, Vice-President of Ohio Racing for Penn Gaming, and Dave Basler, Executive Director of the OHBPA, jointly announced their thanks for the continued support…

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Dec 1st 2016

Special Board Election Results

The OHBPA board of directors held a special election on November 10th to fill two vacancies on the board in the trainer or owner/trainer category. Elected to serve 4-year terms retroactive to September, 2016 were Bobby Cline and Doug Cowans. Don Radcliff will serve as the alternate in the trainer or owner/trainer category for the next two years.

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Sep 2nd 2016

Ohio HBPA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

The Ohio HBPA has announced the following results from its Board of Directors election. There were 192 ballots cast. Trainer/ Owner-Trainer Category Robin Schuster – 137 votes Owner Only Category Jeff Jarvis – 106 votes Kristina Tumblin – 103 votes Mark Kuntz – 98 votes Bonnie Rogoff – 82 votes The top three vote getters in the Owner Only Category will be seated on the board. The fourth-place vote getter will serve as the Owner…

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