2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Aug. 18 announced the results of its 2017 election for the board of directors, which consists of seven owner representatives, seven trainer representatives and one at-large representative.

The final day for receipt of ballots by Election Trust of Bellevue, Wash., was Aug. 15. The final certified results, based on 519 valid ballots counted beginning July 22, are as follows:

Owner directors: Linda Gaudet, JoAnn Hayden, Ellen Charles, R. Larry Johnson, Mark Lapidus, Robert Manfuso, and Charles “Chip” Reed. Lapidus is new to the MTHA board.

Trainer directors: A. Ferris Allen III, Dale Capuano, Timothy Keefe, H. Graham Motion, Philip Schoenthal, Michael Trombetta, and Katharine Voss. Schoenthal is new to the MTHA board.

At-large director: Trainer Hugh McMahon, who received the next-highest vote total from either the owner or trainer category. McMahon is new to the MTHA board.

Complete results can be viewed here.

According to Election Trust, an independent vote-counting firm, the total number of paper ballots mailed and presumed received was 2,337, which puts the voting participation rate at 22%.

MTHA elections are held once every three years. In all, 15 owners and 14 trainers were on this year’s ballot.

***Update*** Owner Director Ellen Charles officially resigned, in writing, on August 18. The MTHA Board subsquently filled the vacant position created with Michael R. Horning by unanimous vote on October 30, 2017.


Backstretch Appreciation Day - September 19, 1-4pm

The MTHA will celebrate the unsung heroes of the state’s racing industry during its annual Backstretch Appreciation Day, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The event, scheduled for 1-4 p.m., will be held under a tent on the racetrack apron at Laurel Park, which was the case last year.


The MTHA recognizes not only the hands-on care and attention backstretch workers provide racehorses on a daily basis, but also the unusual hours such jobs require. Family is a very important part of that equation, and the MTHA encourages workers to invite their family members for an afternoon of food, games, and cash giveaways.
The Maryland Jockey Club last year began offering cash prizes to Backstretch Appreciation Day attendees and will do so again this year. Plans call for $2,500 in cash to be awarded along with various door prizes.

Similar to last year, Russell Clark Catering will prepare an all-you-can-eat barbecue featuring chicken, pit beef and ham, as well as a variety of salads and side dishes and non-alcoholic beverages. The MTHA again has arranged for a DJ from Carlyle Entertainment to provide the sounds for the afternoon party.

If you’re looking for a little exercise other than dancing, adults and children will be welcome to play horseshoes, cornhole and other games.The Board and staff of the MTHA encourages all to attend to celebrate the work and dedication of those who work with our equine athletes on a daily basis throughout the year.

August 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 8The August 2017 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.


MTHA Candidate Letters

The MTHA Board of Director's election is currently underway with ballots due to be received (not postmarked) back by August 15, 2017. The 2017 election is being conducted by a third party election services company in Washington state. All ballots will be sent from and returned to this third party company.

Each candidate's biography appears in the profile booklet that was mailed to all licensed owners and trainers as of the end of May 2017. The profile booklet can be downloaded here.

Additionally, candidates were afforded the opportunity to write an additional letter advocating for their candidacy to be posted online if they choose. These letters from candidates can be viewed here. 

Letters will be posted as they are received from candidates.


Updated Candidate Profile Booklet

2017ProfileBookletIt has come to our attention that a candidate running for election in the 2017 MTHA Board of Directors election inadvertently had their attendance record omitted from the profile booklet that is provided as a service to members during the election process.

This profile booklet has been updated with this information and is available by clicking here.

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