The Maryland Racing Commission March 23 received a report from the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association that shows owners, trainers and breeders with ties to Maryland took home the bulk of the more than $50 million in purse money paid at the state’s Thoroughbred tracks in 2016.
The subject was raised by MRC member Konrad Wayson, who said he had heard a large amount of purse money was going to out-of-state interests. Wayson then cited the report, which indicates 78.2% of the $50,085,471 in purse earnings was paid to horses with Maryland connections.
Maryland connections for the purse report were defined as owners, breeders and trainers, either separately or in combination.
“We obtained a detailed report from the Jockey Club on every starter in Maryland last year and then analyzed this data,” MTHA Executive Director David Richardson said. “At least now we have actual data instead of just backstretch rumor. Our case to (lawmakers) in Annapolis is that their investment in horse racing is paying off for Maryland and our numbers support this.”
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