Indian Paint Wins Fantasy Owner’s Challenge; Some Participants Invest

A timely and successful trip to Pennsylvania in September proved the deciding move that gave Gunpowder Farms’ Indian Paint the top spot in the 2017 Fantasy Ownership Challenge sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

The Challenge, launched March 18 at Laurel Park as part of a Fantasy Owners Day promotion that included a seminar on Thoroughbred ownership, offered $50,000 in prize money to the “owners” of the top five horses based on their earnings through Dec. 31. The horse’s names were drawn randomly by those who participated in the new owner seminar. Indian Paint, a 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly trained by Kelly Rubley, who is based at Fair Hill Training Center, won three races in 2017, all of them in the contest period. She won a maiden special weight event at Laurel in April, an allowance race at Delaware Park in June, and another allowance race at Parx Racing in September, and also had a second and third in allowance company during her campaign.

Indian Paint’s contest earnings were $111,745 according to official Equibase statistics. The promotion encouraged several people to invest in racehorses, including Cara Neary of Alexandria, Va. Neary is one of the three “owners” of Indian Paint.

Neary on March 18 visited the Taste of Victory Stables booth, got information on partnerships, and eventually invested in two 2-year-olds purchased by Laurel-based trainer Phil Schoenthal at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale in May.

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January 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 12The January 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.



Owners, trainers and assistant trainers are encouraged to attend a Feb. 6 seminar on racehorse injuries and their implications for racing and retirement.

Dr. Patty Hogan, a New Jersey-based equine surgeon who regularly works with retired racehorses and assists various aftercare programs in the region, will be the guest speaker. The program, sponsored by Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the clubhouse at Laurel Park.
The event is free, and lunch will be provided.

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Medstar’s Dr. Ryan One Of Many Speakers At International Conference In Dubai On Health And Welfare

MedStar’s Dr. Kelly Ryan, who serves as co-Medical Director and lead physician for the Horsemen’s Health System at Maryland racetracks, was one of many speakers at the International Conference on the Health, Safety and Welfare of Jockeys held Nov. 2-3 in Dubai.

The conference, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates’ city again in two years, had a packed agenda that focused on the following: making weight and riding performance; the implications of making weight; concussion; injuries and falls and how to reduce them; and mental health. Near the end of the two-day event, there were reports and updates from various countries including the United States.

Ryan, who has for several years worked on concussion protocols for riders and has spoken at other conferences, discussed on-track evaluation and updates on management of concussions; returning to ride after an injury; and utilizing physical therapy for improved recovery.

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MRC Approves Amendment To Claiming Regulations

A suspended trainer will not be permitted to claim horses with his or her owner’s license under an amended claiming rule approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its Nov. 30 meeting.

The current rule allows a suspended trainer to continue using his or her owner’s license without restriction. The MTHA Board of Directors endorsed the change at its most recent meeting Oct. 30; it had been discussed at a previous MRC meeting and supported by commissioners.

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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.

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