Kreimer New MJC Director of Health and Safety
- Published: Monday, 06 March 2023 07:50
Jeff Kreimer, who retired as a captain for the Baltimore County Fire Department and has been a member of the Maryland Jockey Club Emergency Medical Services team, was hired in February as the MJC Director of Health and Safety.
Kreimer replaces Ryan Allen, who left the MJC to pursue another opportunity. Kreimer, 56, and his wife, Karen Zeiler, live in Perry Hall in Baltimore County. The couple has been active in the racing industry as owners and breeders.
Kreimer, who was raised in Carroll County, Md., attended the races at Saratoga when he was a youngster, and later visited Pimlico Race Course and Charles Town. His wife’s grandfather owned and trained racehorses, and Kreimer said that exposed him to life on the backstretch.
Kreimer worked for the Baltimore County Fire Department for about 35 years, and during that period worked part-time for the MJC. When he retired, he took on more hours working as part of the EMS crew.
“This new job is a culmination of both of my lifetime passions,” Kreimer said. “I want to build upon the foundation Ryan Allen has left. I’ll be very interested in working in this new position during (Preakness Stakes week)—I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
His primary responsibilities are working with EMS personnel at Laurel Park and Pimlico and overseeing staffing and equipment. Part of the job involves regular contact with the MedStar Health physicians who staff the Horsemen’s Health System on live racing days.
As for the horses, Kreimer and his wife have two in training with Alison Delgado at Pimlico. He acknowledged the ups and downs of involvement in racing and breeding.
“The challenge of horse racing itself is trying to figure out what works and what makes the horses tick,” Kreimer said. “We’ve bred three horses and it was neat to see them grow up and learn, and then see them develop.”