‘Better Every Year’: Mahoning Valley Announces Purse Increases For 2018

by | 12.16.2017 | 5:15pm

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 at Mahoning Valley Race Course. “In our fourth season of operations we are seeing continued support from the horsemen with field size increasing to over 9 horses per race, and the signal continues to grow in popularity across the country. Our product is getting better every year and players are taking notice.”

“If you asked me four years ago if a new track in the Ohio winter would make it, I would have told you that you were crazy,” said Joe Poole, president of the Ohio HBPA. “I could not have been any more wrong.”

Poole added “Mahoning Valley Race Course is doing better than we expected, and we are very pleased with its successes.”

Racing continues on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday schedule with post time at 12:45 pm ET on weekdays and 12:15 pm on Saturdays, Mahoning Valley will be dark for live racing on Christmas and New Years Day.

  • jimmy ski

    Is it tough for outsiders to run there?I thought with the increases in purses you’d see some Kentucky ,illinois or indiana guys invade.Entries show the same old Ohio crew.

  • Richard C

    It’s a nice stocking stuffer for horsemen.

  • susie

    Place good for one thing, simulcast. That’s if you are able to get a simulcast program. Never been to a track that runs out of programs weekly. Same horses every 2 weeks.Not my kind of racing!

  • Peter Scarnati

    “If you asked me four years ago if a new track in the Ohio winter would
    make it, I would have told you that you were crazy,” said Joe Poole,
    president of the Ohio HBPA. “I could not have been any more wrong.”
    Poor guy, couldn’t be more wrong. The simple fact is plain as the nose on my face: without slots, this place would have never been built, let alone “make it.”
    Another fact: sooner or later, the politicians which OK’d the enabling slot legislation will begin to take more of the slot revenue for other areas of the state budget. Anyone who thinks otherwise has their heads in the sand.

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