MTHA Announces Major Impending Changes

Major leadership changes for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) were announced during an Executive Session of the Board of Director’s held May 23, 2012 at Laurel Park.

MTHA Executive Secretary Wayne W. Wright, who has served 37 years with the horsemen's group in the region (first with the HBPA, then MTHA), announced that he would retire effective September 15, 2012.

In addition, MTHA President Richard J. Hoffberger pronounced his long held plan that he would resign his current title of President at the same time of Wright’s departure.  He said that this plan started to come together last year when the board hired David Richardson as Wright’s assistant and planned successor.

Hoffberger has been President of the MTHA since the group’s inception and he will continue to participate in MTHA activity as a member of the Board of Directors.  Principal among Hoffberger’s continued activities will be his participation in the negotiations with The Stronach Group on a long term plan for racing in Maryland and his involvement in legislative matters as a member of the Legislative Committee.

Also, Vice President Richard J. Meyer has since noted he will be stepping down September 15th as well.

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March 2012 Newsletter Now Available

3 2012 Newsletter-1The March 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.

The doctor is in at the Backstretch Health Center

docNot feeling well? Have a cold...the flu...allergies? Don’t let wintertime illness get you down.

Dr. Harry M. Harris, medical director, will get you back in the game. Doc Harris sees visitors at the health center located in the track kitchen building at Laurel Park on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Expert medical care is free of charge to backstretch workers, their spouses and children.

The center is a funded through a joint project between the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Free Tax Help For Maryland Backstretch Employees

Calculate-Income-Tax-Return-EstimateHaving trouble preparing your taxes? Confused about new tax laws. The Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund is providing FREE HELP preparing Maryland backstretch worker's EZ Form tax returns.

The April 17th deadline for filing your federal and state tax returns is fast approaching.

Gather all relevant 1099 and W2 forms and contact Bill Borchardt at 301-776-0404 for more information.

Pimlico Is Going Pink Again

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The People’s Pink Party, the partnership between Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® that was launched in 2010 to raise funds and aid awareness and research for breast cancer will return for the third consecutive year on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

In addition to the 88th running of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies, the day will feature a performance by retired female riders in the Lady Legends For the Cure Race III™ and a jockey challenge between eight of the nation’s top active lady riders.

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New MTHA Website Goes Live

website1A newly redesigned website for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has gone live which aims to provide members of the Maryland thoroughbred racing community a new portal for vital industry news and association information in a new, easy to get around format.

The new website features a Mobile optimized version of the website, the ability to subscribe to a RSS-feed of site updates as well as links to the new Maryland Horsemen Facebook page among other improvements.

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