Horsemen urged to follow environment-related protocols

The Maryland Jockey Club is again reminding horsemen that the barn areas at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course are subject to Maryland Department of the Environment regulations and certain protocols must be followed to avoid severe sanctions from the MDE.

Major Michael Singletary, MJC Vice President of Security, said the MJC is requiring all horsemen to follow “common-sense remedies” to ensure the barn areas are in compliance with state regulations and to avoid individual fines from the MJC.


Here is the protocol:

  • All manure bins must be completely covered when not in use.
  • Areas around all manure bins must be cleaned and cleared of all loose used bedding and manure.
  • All fresh bedding must be covered.
  • Areas outside of barns must be cleaned of dirt and other loose materials by using dry sweeping methods, not by hosing the area down.
  • Horses stabled in barns with wash stalls must be washed and hosed down in those stalls.
  • For barns with wash stalls, all wastewater generated from horse-related activities should not be emptied into a storm drain.
  • All detergents and soaps used must be biodegradable.
  • Water hoses must be shut off and have a working nozzle.
  • Washing machines are not permitted in barns unless approved by MJC management. 

Singletary said security will be making rounds to ensure everyone is complying with the policies, and if not, the following penalties will issued:

First offense: Warning

Second offense: Payment of a $100 fine

Third offense: Payment of a $200 fine

Final offense: Removal of horses from the grounds

All fines must be paid to Racing Secretary Chris Merz within seven days, the MJC said.

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