Perryville OTB Opens For Business

The Maryland Jockey Club opened its second casino-based off-track betting parlor Oct. 31 at Hollywood Casino at Perryville in Cecil County.

The betting area, located adjacent the poker room and a bar at the casino located just off Interstate 95 between Baltimore and the Delaware state line, includes 30 betting carrels with high-definition televisions and four 75-inch high-definition TVs. It will be open seven days a week.
MJC president and general manager Sal Sinatra said he's pleased the facility is open in time for the Nov. 4-5 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

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November 2016 Newsletter Available

newsletter2016 11The November 2016 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.


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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