MTHA Preparing For Annual Toy Drive

The Maryland Thoroughrbed Horsemen's Association is preparing for its annual Christmas Toy Drive, which is scheduled for Sat., Dec 17, at 11am in the Laurel Park kitchen.

Those who wish to participate must submit the names of their children to Diana Pinones at 410-902-6844 by Friday, Nov. 18, in order to participate in this year’s event.

The Toy Drive event traditionally features a visit from Santa Claus as well as cookies and hot chocolate courtesy of the Paz family. Please note there is live racing at Laurel that day, so make sure you are on time for the toy distribution.

Two Maryland OTBs Now Taking Sports Bets

Two Maryland off-track betting facilities not tied to racetracks or casinos have commenced retail sports betting operations after having their licenses approved by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission and the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.

Riverboat on the Potomac, which partnered with PointsBet, launched sports betting in early September. Greenmount Station, located in Carroll County, took its first sports wagers Oct. 28 in partnership with betPARX (Parx Interactive). On Oct. 28, PointsBet and betPARX were among 10 entities deemed as qualified for a mobile license by the MLGC.

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Claiming Assessment Helps Beyond The Wire Cover Rising Costs

The 1.5% assessment on claims at Maryland racetracks enacted earlier this year to support the Beyond The Wire program was discussed during an Oct. 27 meeting of Mid-Atlantic region aftercare representatives who shared ideas on funding and other issues.

The assessment is used to cover the expense of shipping horses to partner retirement facilities, surgeries, and for their care while they reside at Thoroughbred Aftercare Association-accredited retraining and rehabilitation facilities. The average cost to put a horse through the program has increased to about $3,600, and the $16 per-start charge paid by owners barely covers shipping in most cases.

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November 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 11The November 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.

 

Maryland Million Protocols Announced

The Maryland Jockey Club has released the following protocols for the upcoming Maryland Million Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
 
Horses stabled at Laurel, Pimlico Race Course and Fair Hill Training Center will be receiving training towels that must be worn beginning Thursday, Oct. 20.

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MedStar Health’s Mobile Unit To Visit Health Fair Oct 11

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Health Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, will again feature a visit from the MedStar Health Mobile Health Center.

The Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Recreation Room at Laurel Park. The MedStar unit will be parked near the Recreation Room and available until noon.

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