- Published: Sunday, 31 July 2022 13:09
Owners and trainers alike gave high marks to the custom saddle towels they received as gifts in the five stakes on Saturday, July 30 at Laurel Park.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association started providing custom saddle towels for non-graded stakes in Maryland beginning July 2 at Laurel Park.
The MTHA Board of Directors at a meeting in May discussed the idea as part of an ongoing effort to improve the racing experience for owners.
Organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) this year began putting each horse’s name and the MATCH logo on the saddle towels for all series stakes.
The upgraded saddle towels for most stakes feature the horse's name with logos for the Maryland Jockey Club, stakes race name and Beyond the Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program. The connections of each horse will be notified that the saddle towels are a gift and should be taken after a horse is unsaddled.
The personalized saddle towels have been popular with MATCH Series participants, some of whom have ordered extras after the race, particularly when there are multiple partners.
In conjunction with the personalized saddle towels, the MTHA has launched an online store at which merchandise can be ordered. The site (mdhorsemen.com/store) initially will offer personalized saddle towels; custom caps with a Maryland horse and MTHA logos; and personalized MATCH Series caps and bronze trophies.
It is expected additional merchandise will be added in the future if demand warrants. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Beyond the Wire aftercare program.