COVID-19 testing required for new racing outfits in Maryland

New racing outfits that were granted stall space at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in the recent application process will be required to represent to the Racing Office negative COVID-19 tests within 72 hours of shipping to the tracks. It pertains to the trainer and all staff that will be on the grounds.

The test results will be compiled by Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary Jillian Tullock, who will let security staff and Stall Superintendent Terry Overmeier know when the personnel are able to ship in.

Out-of-town jockeys who ship in to Laurel will still need to present a 72-hour test, but if they return to their home track to race and exercise horses, they will need to get another 72-hour test before they return to Maryland.

MD casino revenue increases despite limited capacity at facilities

Despite operating at up to 50% capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions, Maryland’s six casinos registered a 1% increase in gaming revenue in September compared with the same month in 2019, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

Total revenue for the month from video lottery terminals and table games was $143.71 million, up from $142.22 million last September when the facilities were fully operational. Hollywood Casino at Perryville showed a 12.6% increase in revenue year over year, followed by Rocky Gap Casino and Resort (5.2%), Live! Casino (3%) and Casino at Ocean Downs (3%).

The Purse Dedication Account, which gets 6% of VLT revenue from five casinos and 2.5% from Rocky Gap, received $5.49 million in September 2020. The 80% share for Thoroughbred racing was $4.39 million. Almost $900,000 was generated for the Racetrack Facilities Renewal Account, which receives 1% of VLT revenue at five casinos.

For the first three months of fiscal 2021, the PDA has earned $16.30 million, not far off the $16.90 million recorded for July through September to begin fiscal 2020.

Medstar Health’s Mobile Unit To Visit MTHA’s Health Fair

The MedStar Health Mobile Health Center, which was introduced in early September to deliver primary care to vulnerable communities, will visit the Oct. 12 MTHA Health Fair at Laurel Park. This year’s Health Fair will be held adjacent the Laurel Recreation Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. under a tent because of COVID-19 health protocols. For those based at Pimlico Race Course who wish to attend, a free shuttle will leave Pimlico at 11 a.m. Services this year include flu shots, bloodwork (comprehensive metabolic panels, or CMPs), and blood pressure screenings. The services will be provided by MedStar Sports Medicine, which staffs the Horsemen’s Health System, and Adventist HealthCare LifeWork Strategies. Please note that 10-hour fasting is required for cholesterol tests. All bloodwork results are confidential and will be sent to the address that you provide. Free hamburgers and hot dogs will provided.

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October 2020 Newsletter Available

newsletter2020 9The October 2020 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.


MTHA To Hold Election For Board of Directors

The MTHA’s election for the Board of Directors, held every three years, will take place again this December. All 15 Board seats are up for election in 2020. Directors are elected to a three-year term. The MTHA Board consists of seven trainers, seven owners and one at-large Director. The at-large seat is determined by the highest vote getter of the remaining candidates. An election nominating committee has been appointed to develop a slate of nominees to be presented to the general membership at the MTHA annual meeting, which will be scheduled in November by Zoom. This committee consists of Directors Linda Gaudet, Tim Keefe, Mike Trombetta, R. Larry Johnson, JoAnn Hayden and Mike Horning.

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Hogan declares October 'Maryland Horse Month'

Gov. Larry Hogan Sept. 29 proclaimed October as Maryland Horse Month, recognizing the many historic, recreational, therapeutic, and economic contributions made by the state’s horse industry.

This year marks the first time all of Maryland’s premiere equestrian sporting events, including the Preakness Stakes, are held in the same month due to scheduling changes in response to COVID-19.

“Maryland has historically led the nation in creating and growing innovative equestrian-related programs, from forming the first sporting organization in the colonies, the Maryland Jockey Club in 1743, to hosting the Maryland 5 Star, one of only seven events of this kind in the world,” Hogan said. “Maryland Horse Month will showcase the depth and breadth of the industry’s impact on our history, heritage, and culture.”

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