January 2015 Newsletter Available

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The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

December 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 11The December 2014 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

Carlos Garcia Retires From Training After 44 Years

carlos-garciaCarlos Garcia has tried to slow down before. Two years ago, he said he was retiring as a trainer. He said he was hanging it up after the 2012 De Francis Dash. His horse Action Andy was running in that race, and Garcia hoped his training career would end on a positive note.

Action Andy did his part. He won. Garcia tried to do his. But he made a mistake. He kept a small string of horses. Before he knew it, he was back training.
Now, he believes, he’s done it the right way. No more racehorses on his farm. He’s going to try being an agent for jockeys. He tried that two years ago, too. But the horses called him back.

It might have been expected. Garcia has sent 8,388 of them to post and won 1,354 times during the last 44 years. It was hard to let go.

“I’m going to try to stick with it [retirement],” Garcia said from his home near Tampa, Fla. “I’ve [got] no horses of my own now. Action Andy is being retired, too. My son and his girlfriend are going to give him a second career. Right now, he’s enjoying some time off.”

Garcia, who came to the United States from his native Argentina in 1964, hopes he will enjoy some time off, too. But his first love has always been the horses. He grew up with them, riding by the time he was five. He got his early lessons from his father, who was a successful trainer in Buenos Aires. Garcia likes to be around the animals, watching them, helping them. And he has compiled an impressive record as one of the little guys.

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November 2014 Newsletter Available

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The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

October 2014 Newsletter Available

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The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

MTHA BOARD ELECTS KEEFE PRESIDENT, JOHNSON, GAUDET VICE PRESIDENT AND HORNING TREASURER

Keefe TimThe election of trainer Tim Keefe as only the third President in Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association history, coupled with the election of seven new members to the MTHA’s Board of Directors appears to signal a new, more inclusive direction for MTHA leadership. After being elected President, Keefe was excited about the organization’s future.

 

“I think the new Board is very energetic,” he said. “Everyone is looking forward to adding their own input and is anxious to get started.”

 

The Sept. 4 meeting - at which Officers were elected - was the first since the Board of Directors was chosen in an election which saw unprecedented voting with over 25 percent of the MTHA membership casting a ballot.

 

Joining Keefe on the Officers roster is founding member Linda Gaudet and R. Larry Johnson as Vice Presidents, as well as Michael Horning as Treasurer.

 

The Officer positions aren’t ceremonial. Each will oversee most of the functions of the Association. Gaudet will head a Committee tasked with overseeing all racing and welfare related issues. Johnson will head a Committee in charge of oversight of the relations between industry stakeholders.  Horning will manage financial duties related to the internal finance and governance of the Association.

 

Keefe replaces outgoing President Richard J. Meyer, who served in this capacity since 2012. Meyer replaced Richard Hoffberger, who had held the position since the Organization’s founding in 1987.

“I very much appreciate the leadership and service of past Presidents Meyer and Hoffberger,” remarked Keefe. “I look forward to our new direction which builds upon a strong foundation of representing horsemen for the past 27 years.” 

 

Keefe is one of Maryland’s most successful trainers, having arrived on the scene in 1993. Since then, he has mapped the careers of some of the best horses based in Maryland including Eighttofastocatch, Celtic Innis, Red’s Round Table, Frisky Thunder, Anarex and Goferitstutz. 

 

“I think they might have elected me as a middle-of-the-road guy who sees all sides of the business,” Keefe said.

 

But Johnson, a Board member for the past three years and the newly elected Vice President, who describes himself as a “very outspoken critic” of past Boards, said there is another reason for Keefe’s election.

 

“Yes, he’s demonstrated that he’s a hardworking person who is receptive to change and to better cooperation between horsemen and breeders,” Johnson said. “But I think there is more to it than that. He’s a person who has demonstrated a sincere interest in making things better.”

 

“Making things better” seems to be the underlying building block for this Board as it moves forward.

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