For the second consecutive year the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host the popular Horsemen’s Christmas Party celebration on Monday evening, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Laurel Park’s Carriage Room.
Dubbed Maryland Racing’s Party of the Year, the MTHA Christmas party will feature a buffet dinner, open bar and a dance floor with tunes provided by one of the area’s top DJs.
Also making an appearance is the Horsemen’s Award ceremony to be held at the outset of the party. Tickets are $35 in advance, two for $50 or $45 each at the door and can be purchased on race days in the MTHA racetrack office at Laurel Park, by calling 410-902-6842 or clicking the buy tickets button below. See Diana Pinones in the MTHA office for more details. Horsemen are urged to purchase tickets in advance.
New for 2014 is the Horsemen’s Toy Drive. MTHA is asking attendees to the party to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected at the door. Gifts will be distributed to children of backstretch workers during the holiday season.
The December 2014 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click here
The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.
Carlos Garcia has tried to slow down before. Two years ago, he said he was retiring as a trainer. He said he was hanging it up after the 2012 De Francis Dash. His horse Action Andy was running in that race, and Garcia hoped his training career would end on a positive note.
Action Andy did his part. He won. Garcia tried to do his. But he made a mistake. He kept a small string of horses. Before he knew it, he was back training.
Now, he believes, he’s done it the right way. No more racehorses on his farm. He’s going to try being an agent for jockeys. He tried that two years ago, too. But the horses called him back.
It might have been expected. Garcia has sent 8,388 of them to post and won 1,354 times during the last 44 years. It was hard to let go.
“I’m going to try to stick with it [retirement],” Garcia said from his home near Tampa, Fla. “I’ve [got] no horses of my own now. Action Andy is being retired, too. My son and his girlfriend are going to give him a second career. Right now, he’s enjoying some time off.”
Garcia, who came to the United States from his native Argentina in 1964, hopes he will enjoy some time off, too. But his first love has always been the horses. He grew up with them, riding by the time he was five. He got his early lessons from his father, who was a successful trainer in Buenos Aires. Garcia likes to be around the animals, watching them, helping them. And he has compiled an impressive record as one of the little guys.