Medstar To Administer Covid-19 Vaccines At Laurel Park, Pimlico

MedStar Health, in conjunction with the Maryland Horsemen’s Health System, will be visiting Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course Monday, May 10, to administer the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the backstretch community.

Dr. Kelly Ryan of MedStar Health, which provides the physicians for the Horsemen’s Health System, arranged for the vaccine allotment through the help of the Maryland Department of Health and Dr. Mark Martin as well as Dr. Athol Morgan, a cardiologist and Thoroughbred racehorse owner. The vaccines were secured through the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force, which works with Maryland healthcare providers on COVID-19 vaccination efforts for underserved, vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.

Ryan then worked with MedStar Health to provide the on-site vaccinations at the two tracks.

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Laurel Surface Project: Horse Relocation Plan In The Works

The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are working on a plan to relocate horses stabled at Laurel Park to Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland State Fair at Timonium in order to expedite and properly complete the rebuilding of the Laurel dirt surface.

The relocation plan was part of the latest update on the Laurel surface project during an April 30 Zoom meeting hosted by the MTHA. The project entails examination of the substructure and necessary repairs, replacement of the limestone base, and the addition of new cushion material.

“Unfortunate as it is, the best way to proceed is to move the horse population after the Preakness out of Laurel,” said Aidan Butler, Chief Operating Officer for The Stronach Group (1/ST RACING). “The main benefit is the track crew will not be limited. The optimum would be working from dawn to dusk every day.”

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MTHA, MJC Text Systems Will Provide Updates

Horsemen, their employees, and other members of the backstretch community are encouraged to follow the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club text message systems. Training schedules at Laurel Park could change on a daily basis and this will be the primary method of communication.

To receive texts from the MTHA simply text MTHA to 313131.

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Pension Deadline Less Than A Month Away

Virtual sign-ups for the Maryland Backstretch Pension Plan are underway, with a June 1, 2021, deadline to sign up. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors earlier this year continued to affirm its support for the Backstretch Pension Program when it approved $900,000 in pension funding for the program.

Horsemen employed in the care of horses on the backstretch at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course or the Fair Hill Training Center, including trainers, are eligible to participate. However, the eligible employee must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours during 2020 and provide documentation to that effect (with a W-2 or 1099 form, or tax return).

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May 2021 Newsletter Available

newsletter2021 5The May 2021 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.

 

More details announced on Laurel surface project, training

The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are working on a plan to relocate horses stabled at Laurel Park to Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland State Fair at Timonium in order to expedite and properly complete the rebuilding of the Laurel dirt surface.

The relocation plan was part of an update on the Laurel project during an April 30 Zoom meeting hosted by the MTHA. The project entails examination of the substructure and necessary repairs, replacement of the limestone base, and the addition of new cushion material.

“Unfortunate as it is, the best way to proceed is to move the horse population after the Preakness out of Laurel,” said Aidan Butler, Chief Operating Officer for The Stronach Group (1/ST RACING). “The main benefit is the track crew will not be limited. The optimum would be working from dawn to dusk every day.”

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