LaMarra To Handle MTHA Backstretch Services

Tom LaMarra, who joined the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in September 2016 to handle communications and special projects, will add backstretch services to his duties given the June 30 retirement of longtime Benefits Director Bobby Lillis.

LaMarra, a resident of Laurel, will spend most mornings in the MTHA offices in the Laurel Park Recreation Hall and in the frontside MTHA office in the Laurel grandstand on race days, as well as make trips to Pimlico Race Course. He will work closely with MTHA Racetrack Administrator Diana Pinones and Benevolence and Counseling Director Jessica Hammond as well as the Maryland Jockey Club Security and Facilities departments.

“I’ve watched Bobby in action over the past four years but it will take a little time to get up to speed,” LaMarra said. “The programs the MTHA provides for all those who work with our racehorses are critically important, and I look forward to participating in yet another aspect of the racing industry. In 2019 the MTHA, in conjunction with the MJC, expanded backstretch community outreach programs. Though ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have impacted such programs because of social-distancing requirements, it is our objective to find ways to return to some normalcy in that regard.”

LaMarra can be reached at 859-492-8365. With access to the Recreation Hall currently limited because of virus protocols, please note the back door to the office facing the racetrack will be open on mornings when LaMarra is in the office.

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