GONZALEZ, SAGAMORE, TOLEDO RECOGNIZED WITH RENAISSANCE AWARDS

Claudio Gonzalez, Sagamore Farm and Jevian Toledo were honored for their 2017 success in Maryland during the inaugural Renaissance Awards Feb. 12 at the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore.

The program, which attracted more than 200 people, was put together by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club. Previously, the MTHA and MHBA held their own awards programs on different evenings.

The awards for trainer, owner and jockey, which had been selected by the MTHA, were put to a vote by writers and publicists as part of the new awards format.

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COMMISSION EXPANDS OUT OF COMPETITION TESTING PROGRAM

For more than a decade, the Maryland Racing Commission has had an out-of-competition testing rule to detect the illicit use of gene and blood doping agents, EPO and related substances and peptide-based drugs. The Commission has only conducted such testing among horses nominated to graded stakes and non-graded stakes races. Beginning February 2, the Commission will expand out-of-competition testing to horses eligible to race in all races.

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February 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 12The February 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.

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR INAUGURAL MARYLAND RENAISSANCE AWARDS

The Maryland racing and breeding community will celebrate the state's champions at the first Renaissance Awards dinner Feb. 12.

Awards will recognize excellence in 2017: Maryland-bred champions by division, Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, Maryland Owner of the Year, Maryland Trainer of the Year, Maryland Jockey of the Year, and the MTHA Grooms of the Year.

The event will be held at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, which is located at 1715 Thames Street, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150, which includes valet parking. Tickets can be purchase online at http://bit.ly/2AKPXFA.  Those that prefer a vegetarian dinner option should email Jordyn Egan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that tickets won't be mailed; your name will be at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Beyond The Wire, Maryland's aftercare program; the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation; and horse industry scholarships.

QUARANTINE ON BARN 20 AT LAUREL PARK LIFTED

The Maryland Jockey Club Jan. 23 announced that a second test on a horse for equine herpesvirus-1 tested negative, so the quarantine of Barn 20 has ended.

The horse, English Tudor is trained by Tony Aguirre. He tested positive for the virus Jan. 19, and soon after the barn at Laurel Park was quarantined. Given the new development, horses in Barn 20 are now free to leave the barn and train.

In a related matter, the self-imposed EHV-1 quarantine at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center also has been lifted. English Tudor was among the horses that had visited New Bolton for surgery; all owners of horses that visited the facility after a horse there tested positive were urged to have their horses tested.

LAUREL BARN QUARANTINED AFTER POSITIVE TEST FOR EHV-1

Barn 20 at Laurel Park was placed under quarantine by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Jan. 19 after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1.

The horse, English Tudor, was removed from the grounds, according to Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra, and biosecurity measures have been put in place.

English Tudor—trained by Anthony Aguirre, who recently got him from King Leatherbury—was tested because of a recent visit to the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, where he was gelded. The test was precautionary because New Bolton recently ordered a quarantine of its facility after a horse there tested positive for EHV-1.

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