Horsemen asked to report pin- or freeze-firing of horses

The Maryland Jockey Club on June 9 asked horsemen to provide a list of all horses in their barn that have had any pin-firing or freeze-firing (for example, shins, splints, etc.) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including the location of the horses, on or before June 23, 2022.

Beginning July 1, 2022, when the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority's Racetrack Safety Program begins in Maryland and other racing states, pin- and freeze-firing will be a prohibited practice. Horses that do not have a record of such treatments prior to that time may be prohibited from racing—either for a period of time or permanently.

Track veterinarians will be inspecting horses designated as having been pin-fired or freeze-fired before July 1, 2022, and will make a note of the treatment in the The Jockey Club InCompass system, which will be available to HISA.

HISA releases draft of Anti-Doping and Medication Control rules

The draft regulations for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority's Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program that takes effect Jan. 1, 2023, have been submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. Links to the documents appear at the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association website under its HISA section.

The FTC will take comments on the proposed regulations. Comments can be submitted by email. HISA intends to present final rules to the FTC on July 1, 2022, after which there will be another public comment period.

The final regulations will be posted at

HISA Registration Deadline: July 1

A wide range of racing industry participants are required by federal law to register with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the entity charged with developing rules and regulations under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2022.
The HISA Racetrack Safety Program takes effect July 1, the same date registrations are due to HISA. The new law requires all "covered persons" to register, and it stipulates that covered persons include individuals licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission. Registered trainers largely will be responsible for registering all of their “covered horses.”

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Summer Meet Stakes Totals $1.5 Million

Laurel Park will offer 16 stakes (nine on the grass) valued at $1.5 million during its summer meet, which runs from June 3 through Aug. 21. Racing will be held three days week on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule as well as Monday, July 4.

There will be six stakes for Maryland-bred and Maryland-sired horses: Two on June 19 and four on July 30. The purse for each is $75,000. Both of those programs will each have an open stakes with a purse of $100,000.

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Match Series Continues In Pennsylvania

The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) Series will resume with the second of five legs held over two days in June in Pennsylvania.
Parx Racing on Tuesday, June 14, will host the $100,000 Bensalem Stakes (3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Turf division) and $100,000 Neshaminy Stakes (Filly and Mare Long—Turf division). The evening of Friday, June 17, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will offer the $100,000 Chocolatetown Stakes (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt division) and $100,000 Susquehanna Valley Stakes (Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt division).

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Reminder On License Renewal Deadline

Backstretch and racetrack employees along with all other licensees outside of owners, trainers and jockeys are reminded they must renew their Maryland Racing Commission badges by June 30.

The MRC Licensing Office in the Racing Office complex at Laurel Park will be open Thursdays for limited hours from 9 a.m.-noon and regular hours live racing days, which are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

You must complete the licensing form, which is available in the Licensing Office and also on the MRC website for those who wish to complete it in advance to speed up the process. New stickers will only be affixed to a badge in the Licensing Office. Owners, trainers and jockeys must renew current licenses by Dec. 31, 2022.


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