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.

Beyond The Wire was launched earlier this year to bring accountability to racehorse retirement and provide dedicated funding for retirees. The MTHA, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association each contribute $25,000 a year; owners are asked to pay – and most do – a per-start fee of $11 at Maryland tracks; jockeys pay an estimated $20,000 a year based on mounts; and those who apply to place horses in the program are asked to make an initial donation.

Jessica Ham­mond, who coordinates the Beyond The Wire program, said the stable of partner farms is growing. Along with long­time Maryland farms Mid­Atlantic Horse Rescue and the Foxie G Foundation, the program uses Aikindale Farm in New York, New Vocations in Pennsylvania, and After the Races and Life Horse in Maryland.
All of the partner farms are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

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