Pension Deadline Less Than A Month Away

Virtual sign-ups for the Maryland Backstretch Pension Plan are underway, with a June 1, 2021, deadline to sign up. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors earlier this year continued to affirm its support for the Backstretch Pension Program when it approved $900,000 in pension funding for the program.

Horsemen employed in the care of horses on the backstretch at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course or the Fair Hill Training Center, including trainers, are eligible to participate. However, the eligible employee must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours during 2020 and provide documentation to that effect (with a W-2 or 1099 form, or tax return).

Benefits become available when the employee reaches the age of 65, or at age 55 with 25 years of service. More about about the program including qualifications is available at:

Eligible participants should follow these steps to enroll in the program: Fully complete the registration form by clicking this online link: If you need assistance filling out this form in English or Español, call Diana Pinones at 410-902-6844, Tom LaMarra at (859) 492-8365 or Jessica Hammond at (301) 776-0404. You must submit a W2, 1099 or tax return documenting the earnings you reported on the registration form.

You may do this by emailing a PDF or a photo of the tax documents as well as a photo of your Maryland Racing Commission badge to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; texting a photo of the tax documents and badge to (443) 805-1995; or dropping forms off at the MTHA Racetrack Offices at Laurel or Pimlico. Call the MTHA office at 410-902-6844 with any questions.


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