Services Set For Karen Pryzbyla

The Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund has scheduled a memorial service to celebrate the life of Karen Ann Pryzbyla, a long-time pony person who died Oct. 24 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. She was 64.

The service will be held Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in TIPS in the Laurel Park clubhouse. On Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., a memorial service will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home Chapel, which is located at 313 Talbott Ave. in Laurel.

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Cooperation Breeding Success In Maryland

Longtime owner and breeder Bob Manfuso liked what he saw on Jim MacKay Maryland Million Day this year, and he believes it’s a direct result of investment in racing and cooperation among stakeholders in the state.

Manfuso, who owns and operates Chanceland Farm in West Friendship, Md., with trainer Katherine Voss, noted the “spectacular” capital improvements at Laurel Park and the size and diversity of the crowd that attended the Oct. 22 program that showcases the progeny of Maryland sires. He said the “passion for racing” shown by Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group; Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager Sal Sinatra; and their team is producing benefits.

“I think the results on Maryland Million Day are a reflection of that,” said Manfuso, a member of the MTHA Board of irectors. “It was particularly fun to see the diversity of the people who had a great time. It was a positive experience for us who have been in the game a day or two and for newcomers as well.

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Maryland Million 2016, A Success!

Though it rained an hour north, a break in the weather helped produce a successful Jim MacKay Maryland Million day Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Jockey Club, which used the Maryland Million to showcase major facility improvements at Laurel, reported total pari-mutuel handle of $4.47 million for 11 races, up 18.5% from $3.77 million last year and a gain of 59.8% from the 2014 fall event. Attendance was announced at 21,772, an increase of 7.4% from last year.

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MJC Ready To Show Off Exciting Changes During Maryland Million

This year’s Maryland Million is more than a showcase of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry—it also offers the Maryland Jockey Club an opportunity to unveil the investment it is making in the industry.

A major renovation of most of the Laurel Park clubhouse was completed in time for the Oct. 22 Maryland Million, which was launched in 1986. But it’s part of a much larger project: a rebuild of the entire facility with a look to the future, which could include Maryland’s first Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer for The Stronach Group, which owns Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, on Oct. 18 indicated Maryland is the right location for investment and growth.

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Perryville OTB Gets Approval

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 5 approved a request by the Maryland Jockey Club to operate a satellite wagering facility at Hollywood Casino at Perryville in Cecil County.

It will be the second casino-based off-track wagering operation for the MJC, which earlier this year launched a betting parlor at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. The company plans to pursue a similar venture at the under-construction MGM National Harbor casino south of Washington, D.C.

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Horsemen’s Health Fair Coming to Laurel Park on October 27

The latest impact of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s new health care program will be seen Thursday, Oct. 27, when the MTHA and MedStar Sports Medicine unveil their new Free Health Fair in the Laurel Park recreation room.

While the MTHA has sponsored a health fair for more than 20 years, this one will be noticeably different, according to Diana Pinones, center director for the Horsemen’s Health System, as free flu shots will be given, along with lipid profiles, prostate, blood pressure, body fat composition, carbon monoxide and skin cancer tests and screenings. Cholesterol tests also will be given, and participants are advised to fast for 10 hours prior to the test.

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