Non-Stakes Trainer Bonus Added To BES, Preakness Programs

The Maryland Jockey Club has added a $50,000 bonus for trainers who accumulate the most points in all non-stakes on May 18 (Black-Eyed Susan Day) and May 19 (Preakness Day) at Pimlico Race Course.

This is in addition to the $100,000 trainer bonus for points accrued in 15 stakes on those two days. MJC officials said the non-stakes bonus program is designed to help boost field size as well as reward local trainers who support overnight races.

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Noah Grove Wins Gold At PyeongChang Paralympics

Eighteen-year-old Noah Grove, who had his left leg amputated below the knee when he was only 5 years old, has excelled as a sled hockey player, and his skills and dedication paid off in South Korea when he and other Team USA members captured the gold medal in the Winter Paralympic Games in March.

Grove, of Frederick, Md., is the son of Chris Grove, who won more than 680 races as a trainer based in Maryland. Team USA tied the sled hockey game with only 35 seconds in regulation and then scored a goal in sudden death to defeat the Canadian team.

Grove played in all five games with three goals and three assists.

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FORECAST FOR HIGH WINDS LEADS LAUREL TO MOVE FRIDAY CARD TO MONDAY

A strong storm that is forecast to bring rain and high winds to the region has led Laurel Park to cancel live racing for Friday, March 2.

The Friday program, however, will be brought back in its entirety Monday, March 5. Horsemen don’t need to re-enter for Monday. Post time Monday will be the usual 12:30 p.m. Laurel will remain open Friday for full-card simulcasts.

The latest forecast for central Maryland indicates a high wind warning is in effect for 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Winds from the northwest are expected to be 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Rain is expected to continue most of Friday.

March 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 12The March 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.

 

MTHA BOARD OKs PLAN TO PAY BACK TO LAST IN OVERNIGHT RACES ON DIRT

 Horses that finish fifth through last in all dirt races at Laurel Park will collect the equivalent of 4% of the published purse for overnight races effective March 2 with the third condition book of the winter meet.

The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have been discussing different ways to increase the return for owners and trainers who compete in the state as well as boost field size.

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MATCH IS BACK: The Highly Acclaimed Racing Series Returns in 2018!

The highly popular MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) is returning in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus.

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and its affiliates in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Maryland Jockey Club (Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park); Delaware Park; Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (Parx); Penn National Gaming (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course); Darby Development (Monmouth Park); Eldorado Resorts (Presque Isle Downs & Casino); and the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are proud to announce their joint participation after regional discussions during the past six months led to an agreement to revive the MATCH Series and expand cooperation among all stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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