Backstretch Mailboxes Now Available

In an effort to improve accessibility to backstretch worker’s mail, which is a constant issue at most race track’s, the MTHA has made available in the newly refurbished Laurel Park Rec Room, 200 secure mailboxes to current residents of Maryland Jockey Club tracks.

One key per dorm room will be provided free of charge to currently employed residents in dorm rooms at Laurel Park and Pimlico as well as Laurel Commons.

Mail will be delivered daily to these mailboxes which can only be accessed by keyholders. Previously, resident’s mail was held at the stable gate in a cardboard box.

Excess mailboxes will be provided to non-resident horsemen on a first come, first served basis.

Mailbox holders will be assigned a box number and can use the address of 3600 Laurel Ft. Meade Road, Box # ___, Laurel, MD 20724.

Call 410-902-6844 to sign up.

April 2016 Newsletter Available

newsletter2016 3The April 2016 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

 

Big T OTB Deal Reached

After weeks of discussion, the Greater Timonium Community Council and Timonium Fairgrounds have come to an agreement that satisfies both sides in the tussle over the newly approved Off Track Betting facility at the site of the Maryland State Fair. And, now, the OTB is open for business.

“It’s done and I believe it is a win, win, win agreement for everyone,” Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra says. “Now the community doesn’t have to ever worry about casino gambling and the Fair can move forward with the OTB plus the community agreed to help the Fairgrounds with some zoning issues.”

And the MJC can move along the path it has layed out to make racing more accessible to those who enjoy the sport and more visible to prospective fans, as well.

Sinatra said he is now focused on a new OTB near Boonsboro. A hearing on that facility is set for April 12 and he hopes to open its doors April 13, if all goes as planned.

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Maryland Trailer Laws Clarified

When Duane Pearce, the Maryland State Highway Administration, Motor Carrier Division’s safety and compliance manager, spoke at the Maryland Farm Bureau Truck Forum in Upper Marlboro on Feb. 29, some members of the Maryland racing community came away thinking there were new rules for horse trailers.

To alleviate their concerns, Pearce agreed to a follow-up conversation to set the record straight about commercial motor vehicle safety regulations and their exceptions for agricultural operations as well as weigh and inspection facilities and nonresident tags on Maryland trailers.

He assures that although some new and changed regulations have been adopted over time, Maryland law and the Code of Federal Regulations regarding vehicles required to enter weigh and inspection facilities have not changed. The federal motor carrier safety regulations were adopted by Maryland in 1986.

“I see this happen from time-to-time,” he says. “People sometimes go away with the idea there has been a change in regulations when in fact they may simply be learning about a topic for which they had a misconception or had previously been unfamiliar with details.”

That being the case, Pearce willingly again went over the rules that concerned horsemen in an effort to clarify them.

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March 2016 Newsletter Available

newsletter2016 3The March 2016 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

 

In Memory- Gretchen Mobberley

Gretchen Mobberley, a longtime Maryland horsewoman, passed away Feb. 21 after a five-month battle with cancer. She was 84.

A celebration of her life will be held Monday, March 7, at noon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood, Md. A reception will follow.

Mobberley was a horsewoman through-and-through, says her daughter Bird, “She was more comfortable on the back of a horse than most people are on their couch.”

Mobberley was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Manassas, Va. When she and her late husband, Jack, got married in 1952, they bought a farm in Middleburg, Va., but moved to Maryland in 1963 when they bought Summer Hill Farm in Howard County and made it their permanent residence.

Over the years, the couple developed more than 20 stakes winners before Jack Mobberley’s death in 1995. Afterward, Gretchen, an owner, breeder and trainer, and their daughter Bird, also a trainer, continued the racing operation, with stalls at Laurel Park.

“My mom was something else,” Bird says wistfully. “My mom and dad were a team and after he passed away, she continued. She loved to ride. She was still galloping her horses at the track [at age 82]. After that, she still rode and we took our last ride together Sept. 15th, the day before she went into the hospital for her operation.”

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