Clarity On MJC Text Regarding 150 Layoff Form

This is to clarify the text some horsemen received from Maryland Jockey Club about the need to file a form with the Equine Medical Director for horses that have been laid off for more than 150 days.

The following MRC policy was implemented and has been in place since January 1, 2020.

“A horse that has been off for more than 150 days shall be required to work 3 times, one within 30 days of entry and one work of at least one half mile. In addition, the horse shall not be allowed to enter or start until the attending practicing veterinarian signs off that the horse is sound for racing and approval is obtained from the Equine Medical Director.”

The only change from that policy has been that a regional Form, to be used by the Equine Medical Director, has been developed and is now being used with the resumption of live racing.

The purpose is to identify horses that have been laid off for an extensive time for medical reasons and who may be at higher risk for a breakdown. It is not intended for horses who were given a break from racing for non-medical reasons. We understand that many horses have been impacted solely because of the COVID shutdown.

You may enter but are requested to get the Form to Dr. Daniel, or a waiver from her, before race time.

The Form is available here.

Contact Dr. Daniel if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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