Three Thursdays Moved To Mondays in 

The Maryland Jockey Club, with approval from the MTHA, will move three Thursday racing dates to Mondays in November.

Programs scheduled for Nov. 3, 10 and 17 will move to Nov. 7, 14 and 21, respectively. As usual, there will be live racing Thursday, Nov. 24, which is Thanksgiving Day.

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Beyond The Wire REMINDER

Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, reminds trainers of the process and protocol when they use the program to help place retired racehorses at Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited partner facilities.

Trainers are asked to send current Coggins test results and foal papers if they exist with the shipper for all retirees through Beyond The Wire. The time before placement in the program may vary, so trainers should continue regular care as if horses were still in training. It is important that horses headed to the partner farms are in the best condition possible.

The average cost to put a horse through the program is $2,600. Donations are always appreciated.

Injury Reporting Form Vital To Overall Equine Health And Safety Strategy

The online Injury Reporting Form, introduced in Maryland in the spring, remains an important component of the overall focus on equine health and welfare and the safety of racing surfaces.

When it was launched, the Injury Reporting Form was designed to provide the Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Jockey Club with realtime data with the goal of rapidly responding to racing surface issues when they crop up. It was later updated based on feedback from users.

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Randy Brandon, longtime racetrack vet, passes away at 80

Randall Gatlin Brandon, a longtime racetrack veterinarian in the Mid-Atlantic region, died Aug. 15 in his hometown of Camden, S.C. He was 80.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.
Brandon graduated from Washington State University and followed with an internship at Auburn University. After completing his internship, he was a member of the Teigland Vet Group in South Florida, where he attended to Thoroughbred racehorses at tracks in the area. The following year, he moved to Maryland, where he established his own vet practice serving owners and trainers at tracks including Laurel Park, Bowie Race Course, Pimlico Race Course and Delaware Park.

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October 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 10The October 2022 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.


MJC Track Crew Works To Even Surface Content

The Maryland Jockey Club track maintenance crew has been adding some clay to portions of the Laurel Park dirt surface—mainly from the half-mile pole to the 1/8 pole—to make the composition consistent with the rest of the surface heading into the cold-weather months.

MJC Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said the goal is to have 2% clay content across the surface. But based on test results, the area in question had clay content of 1% to 1.5%, he said.

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