The Maryland Jockey Club track maintenance crew will examine portions of the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course and close the facility for training Nov. 15.

Rick Allen, Director of Facilities for the MJC, said the project involves installing new cushion material and inspecting the base. He said recent repairs to portions of the base have held based upon inspections.

Pimlico is open year-round for training. The MJC has said it expects additional horses to stable there this winter.


The Maryland racing community Nov. 1 celebrated the life of outrider Edward Pryzbyla, affectionately known as “Pollock Eddie,” who died Oct. 15 after a battle with cancer. He was 68.

Pryzbyla was remembered during a memorial service coordinated by the MTHA and held in TIPS at Laurel Park. His wife, Karen, a longtime pony person at Maryland racetracks, died last October after fighting leukemia.

Ed Pryzbyla was known for his prowess on horseback, but it was noted at the memorial service he was a man of many talents. He served two tours of duty in the United States military, operated a small landscaping business on the side, and provided a home for cats and dogs.

Pryzbyla’s sister Lucille Hebert and her husband Don, who live in New Hampshire, were on hand for the memorial service.

“He was a people person,” his sister said. “He loved all of you.”

Pastor Richard Monterrey, a former jockey in Maryland, conducted the service. He offered prayer and related a personal story in which Pryzbyla greatly impacted his life.

“I was struggling with my weight,” Monterrey said. “I rode a horse one day (at Pimlico) and won the race, but I couldn’t stop the horse because I was crying while thinking about retirement—at age 32 that’s not easy. Eddie was there waiting and helped me pull up the horse.

“He saw I was crying and could see I was broken. It was the first time I saw Eddie share tears. He was man enough to feel what I was feeling. He gave me a hug and then let me go. I think God was working through him to speak to me at that moment when I was down.”

Eric Fried, an exercise rider who became a jockey agent, galloped horses along with Pryzbyla for decades and said he was a “strong rider” with a knack for handling difficult horses.

“He got to get on horses a lot of exercise riders couldn’t gallop because he was such a strong rider,” Fried said. “It was a passion of his, and I’m sure every minute of his life he enjoyed what he did.”

Kaymarie Kreidel, a former jockey and now an exercise rider, said Pryzbyla played a major role in her life, both on and off the racetrack.

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November 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 11The November 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.



Trainers at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course are encouraged to submit nominations for the MTHA Backstretch Employees of the Year for 2017.

The MTHA, as it has in previous years, will recognize one backstretch employee at each racetrack based on the nominations. The awards will be presented in early 2018 at a special event that is in the planning stages.

The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15.

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The Maryland Racing Commission is planning to discuss a rule governing the suspension of individuals who hold multiple licenses and a new regulation in Pennsylvania that bans horses from racing in the event of positive tests.

The MRC discussed both issues at its meeting Sept. 28 but took no action.

“It makes a lot of sense to defer on this so we have input from commissioners and have stakeholders have input,” MRC Chairman Michael Algeo said.

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Backstretch Health Fair 9/28 at Laurel Park

Attention Horsemen- Don't Forget The Backstretch Health Fair sponsored by MTHA and Medstar Health on Thursday, September 28 at 9am - 1pm in the Laurel Park track kitchen. Free services include Free Flu Shots, Cholesterol & Glucose Screenings, PSA and CMP Blood Screenings, Blood Pressure, Body Fat Composition and More.

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