MTHA Board OKs increase in Lasix fee to $25

The MTHA Board of Directors Dec. 10 voted to increase the fee charged for administration of race-day Lasix to bring it in line with several other Mid-Atlantic racing jurisdictions.

The fee for Lasix, which is administered by regulatory veterinarians, has been $20 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. It will increase to $25 effective Jan. 1 at Laurel.

According to a regional sampling, the fee at three New York Racing Association tracks—Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course—as well as Parx Racing and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, is $25. It’s $35 at Monmouth Park and $20 at Delaware Park.

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Daniel gets acclimated as new Equine Welfare and Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, who took over as state veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission in January 2017, has begun her duties as Equine Welfare and Medical Director for the MRC.

A 2013 review of the MRC by the state Department of Legislative Services recommended creation of the position, which was endorsed by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club. Funding became available in 2018 through legislative action.
Daniel will continue serving as state veterinarian.

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December 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 11The December 2018 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.


Ownership, scratch rules to change effective Nov. 22 at Laurel

New regulations approved by the Maryland Racing Commission are now in effect.

Beginning with the Nov. 22 program at Laurel Park, entries with similar ownership can be uncoupled in overnight races if the connections of a horse decide to do so.

In addition, all scratched horses will be penalized 10 days—they can’t run for the subsequent 10 day-period—instead of five days, as has been the case.

Turf racing has officially ended for the year, but the following rules will be on the books when grass racing resumes in 2019:

The shoe rule will be the same as turf for dirt and turf, and if one or more races come off the grass in a Pick 6 sequence, bettors will receive “all” horses in those races rather than receive a refund on the wager.

Rodent Mitigation Program Underway at Laurel

Horsemen based at Laurel Park may notice an increase in the rat population, but that’s part of a current rodent mitigation project being handled by Innovative Pest Management of Beltsville, Md.

The company, which recently began the project, said it plans to dust active rat burrows with tracking powder along exterior areas of barns and use dry ice and newspaper in burrows inside or near stalls. It will also employ about 160 traps throughout the barn area. The initial placement of materials took about five days and will be followed by regular checkups once a week.

Maryland Jockey Club Director of Facilities Rick Allen said an increase in visible rats is because rather than using poison, the company is targeting their burrows.

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REMINDER: In Today Sign Use Mandatory

The Maryland Jockey Club is again reminding horsemen to use the red-and-white “In Today” signs on horses’ stalls as part of important race-day protocol at Laurel Park.

The signs, which are available at the MTHA office in the Laurel grandstand, are recommended as part of National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance best practices for security in the barn area. They are designed in part to assist regulatory veterinarians in identifying horses that are scheduled to receive Lasix on race day.

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