Overnight purses in Maryland to increase 15% for remainder of year

Overnight purses in Maryland will increase 15% across the board for the remainder of 2021 effective July 2, the next live racing at Pimlico Race Course. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the increase during its June 29 meeting.

The idea was to devise a higher purse schedule that Maryland can sustain through the end of the year.

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Horsemen Advised To Avoid Adjunct Bleeder Meds

Effective immediately, horsemen are urged to discontinue the use of any and all adjunct bleeder medications for horses in training, including in particular, aminocaproic acid—commonly called Amicar.

Amicar and several other adjunct bleeder medications were placed on the Prohibited List in 2013 under the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties Model Code and the National Uniform Medication Program. Aminocaproic acid, for example, is a Class 4 substance and penalty Class C.

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MTHA Board Approves Purse Distribution Changes

The MTHA Board of Directors voted June 29 to change overnight purse distribution levels effective July 2. First place will be 60%, up from 57%; second place is 20%, down from 21%; third place is 10% rather than 11%; and fourth place will be 5% instead of 6%. Fifth place will be 3% (plus 1% for the fifth-through-last place bonus) and sixth place will be 2% (plus a 2% for the fifth-through-last place bonus). The 4% bonus remains in place for horses that finish seventh through last.

Mobile Dental Unit Coming This Fall

The MTHA Board of Directors has approved a plan to offer mobile dental care at the state’s racetracks.

The horsemen’s group reached out to The Mobile Dentist, which is a complete mobile dual-operators dental office that provides all general dental services in a 30-foot custom-built coach. The Mobile Dentist, which has two mobile units, is based in Silver Spring, Md.

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Timonium Fair Meet Significantly Bolstered

The Maryland State Fair at Timonium will offer the highest daily average purses in its history for the seven-day meet that runs from Friday, Aug. 27, to Monday, Sept, 6, and will experiment with a “twilight” racing card on opening day.

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors June 29 unanimously approved a 15% across-the-board overnight purse increase from July 2 through the end of 2021. Timonium’s base purses, normally lower than those at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, will be the same—including the 15% in additional funds.

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Second phase of Pimlico barn transition underway

The second phase of the transition for the temporary stalls in use at Pimlico Race Course on the grandstand side of the facility will take place July 5-7, according to a project timeline.

As of July 3, a smaller 18-stall tent was occupied by horses that had been housed in temporary stalls that had to be returned to the vendor for use elsewhere. In addition, a large tent structure that will house 66 stalls has been erected. Part of it already is being used as a Receiving Barn, and some horses relocated from the original temporary stalls had taken up residence.

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