Medstar’s Dr. Ryan One Of Many Speakers At International Conference In Dubai On Health And Welfare

MedStar’s Dr. Kelly Ryan, who serves as co-Medical Director and lead physician for the Horsemen’s Health System at Maryland racetracks, was one of many speakers at the International Conference on the Health, Safety and Welfare of Jockeys held Nov. 2-3 in Dubai.

The conference, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates’ city again in two years, had a packed agenda that focused on the following: making weight and riding performance; the implications of making weight; concussion; injuries and falls and how to reduce them; and mental health. Near the end of the two-day event, there were reports and updates from various countries including the United States.

Ryan, who has for several years worked on concussion protocols for riders and has spoken at other conferences, discussed on-track evaluation and updates on management of concussions; returning to ride after an injury; and utilizing physical therapy for improved recovery.

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MRC Approves Amendment To Claiming Regulations

A suspended trainer will not be permitted to claim horses with his or her owner’s license under an amended claiming rule approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its Nov. 30 meeting.

The current rule allows a suspended trainer to continue using his or her owner’s license without restriction. The MTHA Board of Directors endorsed the change at its most recent meeting Oct. 30; it had been discussed at a previous MRC meeting and supported by commissioners.

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Beyond The Wire Plans Informational Seminar For Horsemen

A special program sponsored by Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, for owners, trainers and assistant trainers, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Laurel Park.

The seminar, which will provide the latest information on injuries and their implications in racehorses as well as a look at racetrack retirement, will be provided by Dr. Patricia Hogan, a New Jersey-based equine surgeon who regularly works with retired racehorses.

The program, which will include lunch for attendees, will be held in the clubhouse beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Greenmount OTB Receives Approval

The Maryland Racing Commission the evening of Nov. 29 approved an application for a license to operate an off-track betting facility adjacent the Greenmount Station restaurant in Hampstead in Carroll County.

When the OTB begins operating, most likely before the end of this year, it will be the fifth such facility opened by the Maryland Jockey Club over the past several years. The others are at Hollywood Casino Perryville, the Boonsboro Event Center, the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium, and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

MJC also operates a betting parlor at the Riverboat on the Potomac, which is located on Maryland waters just off the coast of Virginia. The MRC Nov. 30 approved the transfer of the Potomac OTB license to the MJC in light of plans for the owner to sell the entertainment facility.

MJC also offers year-round full-card simulcasts at its three tracks in the state: Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Rosecroft Raceway.

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December 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 12The December 2017 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.

 

PIMLICO PROJECT INVOLVES INSTALLING CUSHION, LOOKING AT BASE

The Maryland Jockey Club track maintenance crew will examine portions of the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course and close the facility for training Nov. 15.

Rick Allen, Director of Facilities for the MJC, said the project involves installing new cushion material and inspecting the base. He said recent repairs to portions of the base have held based upon inspections.

Pimlico is open year-round for training. The MJC has said it expects additional horses to stable there this winter.

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