Two New OTB Facilities Set for Public Hearings

Plans and schedules have firmed up for two additional off-track betting facilities in Maryland that combined are projected to generate more than $1 million a year for the Thoroughbred purse account.

The Maryland Racing Commission Sept. 11 will hold a hearing regarding an OTB facility at MGM National Harbor Casino that has been in the works for months. Another hearing will be held Sept. 20 on plans to put a betting parlor in a hotel just off Interstate 270 in Frederick.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said the National Harbor OTB outlet could open as soon as Sept. 12. The casino is located about three miles from Rosecroft Raceway, the MJC-owned harness track that also serves as a year-round simulcast facility.

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MTHA Board Supports Participation in Biomarker Study

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has given its support to a research project designed to measure multiple equine inflammatory and anti-inflammatory biomarkers.

Dr. David Horohov at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky laboratory has developed a method by which a single blood sample can be used to measure the biomarkers. The study thus far has involved Thoroughbred racehorses, and published results have indicated the blood testing could be useful in determining a horse’s fitness or risk of injury, according to a University of Kentucky memorandum.

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Beyond The Wire Aftercare Program Hits the 100 Mark

Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, recently accepted its 100th horse, a major milestone for the program that was launched in May 2018.

Jessica Hammond, who administers Beyond The Wire and works closely with its Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited partner farms, said the program has become well-established in Maryland racing and also is viewed as a model for other states or racetracks looking to provide aftercare services.

“Beyond The Wire has been up and running for 15 months, and I’m very excited to see many owners and trainers take advantage of the program,” Hammond said.

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September 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 9The September 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.


Horsemen urged to use ‘In Today’ signs on stalls

Horsemen in Maryland are reminded to regularly use the “In Today” stall signs that indicate whether a horse is entered to race on a given day.

Maryland Jockey Club Director of Racing Development Georganne Hale Aug. 22 said the signs were handed out to trainers a while ago for identification purposes.

Use of the signs stemmed from broader national industry discussions about integrity-related issues.

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