Linda Gaudet, a member of the MTHA board since its inception, is involved in nearly every facet of Thoroughbred racing. She is one of the board’s most involved members.
She serves on the Maryland Racing Commission’s Medication Committee, is a director of the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund, Inc., and is chairperson of the MTHA’s Backstretch and Safety Committee for Bowie.
Gaudet and her husband, Edmond “Eddie” Gaudet, operate a large and successful public stable at Bowie Training Center and maintain a small breeding farm in Upper Marlboro. She is a co-owner with Morris Bailey of numerous quality runners as well as multiple stakes winner Concealed Identity, who captured the Federico Tesio Stakes in 2011 and made a start in the Preakness Stakes.
Brought up in a military family, Gaudet lived in many different places during her childhood, but her devotion to horses remained constant. She rode show hunters in her youth and attended the University of Kentucky.
The Gaudets have two daughters who grew up in the Maryland racing industry and continue the family tradition. Lacey is a trainer with many quality runners, and Gabrielle is the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing analyst.
Priorities for Gaudet include uniform medication rules and regulations throughout the East Coast, and greater cooperation among tracks on stakes race coordination and entries. She also is deeply concerned about backstretch housing and the welfare of backstretch workers.
“Maryland horsemen have made tremendous progress in the past few years to improve purses, racing dates and cooperation with management and breeders,” she said. “The 10-year deal with The Stronach Group is a huge step forward, but we must work hard to see that it is implemented in such a way as to bring Maryland racing back to national prominence.”