Gillam begins job as second MJC veterinarian

The Stronach Group (1/ST RACING) has hired a second veterinarian who will be based at the Maryland Jockey Club racetracks.

Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Gillam, who has served as Associate Commission Veterinarian for the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission at Delaware Park, will begin her new job as MJC Association Veterinarian Nov. 10. She will work alongside Dr. Heidi Thomas, who was hired as MJC Senior Veterinarian in August 2020.

Gillam, who at Delaware Park was one of two vets who supported DTRC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Susan Botts, will primarily be observing horses in training and during live racing, and having follow-up discussions with horsemen as needed. She will also assist in doing spot-check examinations on horses.

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November 2021 Newsletter Available

newsletter2021 11The November 2021 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.

 

Maryland Thoroughbred tracks approved for 175 race dates in 2022

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 28 approved the state's three Thoroughbred tracks for 175 racing programs in 2022.

In addition, Fair Hill requested and was awarded three dates: May 30, Memorial Day, for its annual steeplechase meet, and two dates to be named later. The facility earlier expressed interest in have some flat racing in the fall.

Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, both operated by the Maryland Jockey Club, were awarded 147 and 21 race dates, respectively, for a total of 168. The Maryland State Fair at Timonium was approved for its usual seven days of live racing.

Pending any changes, the Laurel winter meet will run from Jan. 1-March 27 with racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus Monday, Feb. 21. For the spring meet, from April 1-May 8, racing will be offer Thursday through Sunday with no racing Sunday, April 17, for Easter.

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Casinos continue to post strong revenue figures

Maryland casinos generated $165.3 million in revenue in September, up 15.1% from September 2020 when they were operating at 50% capacity and an increase of 16.2% from the same month in 2019, according to figures released by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

The Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a 6% share of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos, collected $6.37 million in September with 80% ($5.09 million) for Thoroughbred racing. The Thoroughbred share for September 2019, when the casinos were operating at full capacity, was $4.37 million.

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October 2021 Newsletter Available

newsletter2021 10The October 2021 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 advised on regulatory change for corticosteroids

During a Sept. 28 webinar hosted by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, veterinary and regulatory officials explained the recent decision by the Maryland Racing Commission to modify a regulation on five corticosteroids to eliminate testing threshold levels and employ limit of detection for the substances—the lowest level a lab can confidently determine that a substance is in a sample.

The MRC, upon the recommendation of its Equine Safety, Health and Welfare Advisory Committee, took the action at its Sept. 23 meeting. The change was filed with emergency status and there will be a public comment period. It is anticipated the update regulation will be implemented Nov. 1.

The five corticosteroids are dexamethasone, prednisolone, betamethasone, isoflupredone and triamcinolone. The current 14-day stand-down period for intra-articular injections will remain in place under 2019 model rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

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