Horse Owner Campanella Passes

Vince Campanella, who had success as a Thoroughbred racehorse owner in Maryland and neighboring states for decades, died July 27 after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
A resident of Fulton, Md., Campanella was raised in Washington, D.C., and lived most of his life in Maryland. Upon graduation from high school, he worked at Read Plastics until his retirement at age 40.

Campanella’s horses won multiple stakes over an almost 20-year period. His runners won a combined 265 races and earned almost $7 million. Campanella had horses with multiple trainers including Jeff Runco and more recently Damon Dilodovico, who trains Campanella’s Going to the Lead, a winner of more than $280,000 who is based at Laurel Park.

HISA revises guidance on Racetrack Safety Program shoe rule

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) July 29 released updated guidance on Rule 2276, which pertains to horseshoes such as full outer rim shoes and toe grabs. Shoe rules are part of the HISA Racetrack Safety Program that took effect July 1, 2022.

HISA said Rule 2276 shall not be enforced for horses racing on dirt surfaces that are shod on the hind limbs with traction devices in the form of either a full outer rim shoe (up to 4 millimeters in height) or a toe grab (up to 4 millimeters in height). All other provisions of Rule 2276 shall remain in full force and effect. Enforcement of Rule 2276 will begin as previously announced Monday, August 1, 2022.

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August 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 6The August 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.


Post Time Changed Based On Heat Measurement System

The Maryland Jockey Club has changed first post time to 1:50 p.m. from 12:40 p.m. for the Saturday, July 23, program at Laurel Park based on a measurement it uses to monitor extreme heat.
The forecast in the area for Sunday, July 24, led the MJC to announce July 21 that the program has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, July 28.
MJC Acting President Mike Rogers explained the company uses a protocol called the WetBulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) measurement, which takes into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover to determine potential heat stress. It is different than the heat index, which takes into consideration temperature and humidity including for shady areas.

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Due to extreme heat, July 24 program rescheduled

Due to the forecast for extreme heat in the region, Laurel Park will not race as scheduled Sunday, July 24. Forecasts are calling for a heat index of at least 105.

Laurel will race Thursday, July 29, as a makeup day. The races in the condition book for July 24 will be used for the July 29 program.

Entries for July 29 will be taken Saturday, July 23. 

Maryland Horsemen urged to use new Injury Reporting Form

In response to suggestions made during a recent meeting on racing surfaces, stakeholders have retooled an online Injury Reporting Form designed to provide the Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Jockey Club with real-time data with the goal of rapidly responding to track issues when they crop up.

Attending veterinarians and trainers are being asked to submit the online form for horses that are injured during training and racing at Laurel, Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland State Fair at Timonium. Similar to information compiled in 2020 on bleeding after race-day Lasix was banned for 2-year-olds racing in Maryland, the data will be strictly confidential and monitored by the MRC.

The Injury Reporting Form is available at

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