Ohio Awards Banquet Postponed Due To COVID-19

The current status of regulations in Ohio due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions continues to put racing on hold in the state. Restrictions on social gatherings has also forced Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners to postpone its May 15 Annual Awards Banquet.

The OTBO is looking at options, but considering the uncertainty the immediate future holds, the group is in a “wait and see” mode until sanctions are lifted. There will be public recognition of all of the Ohio champions, both human and equine, and a “Here’s to the Winners” video will be produced and distributed, as well as all trophies.

The live racing programs for the upcoming Belterra Park and Thistledown meets continue to be on hold. Through the efforts of the Ohio State Racing Commission, Ohio HBPA. and casino entities, Mahoning Valley continues to be open for the housing of horses and the humans that care for them.

“As we are all painfully aware, as an industry and as a country we currently face a challenge with respect to COVID-19 that is unprecedented in recent history,” said Belterra Park general manager Chris Corrado. “In response to that challenge, on March 22, the Ohio Department of Health issued an order that directed all non-essential businesses to cease operations and for people to remain at home in self-isolation, subject to limited exceptions for essential services and activities. In effect, the order cancels racing activities in the state of Ohio until such time as the order terminates, as such activities are not ‘essential.’

“Also, the Ohio State Racing Commission formally cancelled racing until April 30, and there is no reason to believe that the Commission will rescind that cancellation until the current public health crisis has sufficiently abated and the order (and its amendments) has been modified or terminated to permit the operations of non-essential business,” Corrado continued.

Horsemen who generally move their stables to Belterra Park and are currently stabled at Turfway Park have a tentative reprieve. The track, which is now owned by Churchill Downs, has remained open for training purposes as their facilities in Louisville are not open and racing dates have been pushed back.

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