Joint MTHA and MHBA Statement On Race Day Medication

The stakeholders in Maryland’s racing industry are parties to a landmark 10-Year Agreement that has facilitated many positive changes to the way our racing is being conducted at every level.  It has truly led to a renaissance for Maryland’s racing industry. Our collective partnership, with the support of the Maryland Racing Commission, has succeeded because we have agreed to speak as one and as a united industry after years of discord.

Moreover, our collective efforts in Maryland, together with our fellow stakeholders and regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region, have resulted in the implementation of industry-leading health, safety and welfare protocols and strategies for our horses.  We are seeing evidence-based results from our efforts.  In Maryland, we put our horses first, which is why we are committed and enthusiastic participants in the recently adopted Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities.

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Backstretch Workers Urged to Follow Dorm Protocols

In response to Anne Arundel County Board of Health regulations, individuals who reside in the barn area at Laurel Park are being urged to follow health and safety protocols.

During an April 4 community meeting held by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, backstretch employees were told to cease cooking in dorm rooms, stop disconnecting smoke alarms and to keep their rooms clutter-free in part assist first responders in the event of emergencies.

The county doesn’t permit cooking in dorm rooms, and the Maryland Jockey Club will enforce the rule. Violation of any of the policies can result in loss of dorm privileges.

In addition, smoking in common areas—laundry rooms, track kitchen and recreation room—is prohibited.

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April 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 4The March 2019 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.

 

Horsemen urged to follow environment-related protocols

The Maryland Jockey Club is again reminding horsemen that the barn areas at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course are subject to Maryland Department of the Environment regulations and certain protocols must be followed to avoid severe sanctions from the MDE.

Major Michael Singletary, MJC Vice President of Security, said the MJC is requiring all horsemen to follow “common-sense remedies” to ensure the barn areas are in compliance with state regulations and to avoid individual fines from the MJC.

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March 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 3The March 2019 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.

 

Lucrative starter handicap series well-received by horsemen

Thirteen trainers will share in $40,000 as a result of their horses’ performances in the new Maryland Jockey Club Starter Series that ran from December through February at Laurel Park.

“They really enjoyed the series,” Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary Chris Merz said. “It was received really well, and when I called the horsemen to tell them they won bonus money, they said they’d like to see more of this. It was nice to see the little guys win.”

The series featured four divisions: 3-year-olds and up sprint, 3-year-olds and up long, fillies and mares sprint, and fillies and mares long. The distances were five furlongs, 5 ½ furlongs and six furlongs; and one mile, 1 1/16 miles and 1 1/8 miles.

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