September 2020 Newsletter Available

newsletter2020 9The September 2020 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 licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.


MRC approves regulations, changes in MD-bred bonuses

The Maryland Racing Commission Aug. 27 took action on regulations regarding shock wave therapy, Lasix in graded stakes, and continuing education for trainers, and also approved a change in bonus payments under the Maryland Bred Race Fund.

Regarding shock wave therapy, new language will ban its use 10 days before a workout or breeze. The current regulation pertains only to use of shock wave therapy within 10 days of a race.

The MRC in July passed an emergency regulation—it took effect in August—that prohibits administration of Lasix in 2-year-olds 48 hours before a race. The new language will also prohibit administration of Lasix to horses in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2021.

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Stall applications due; update on 'work and go' horses at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club has issued a few notices for horsemen based at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

Stall applications for the fall and winter meets at Laurel Park are due Aug. 31. The MJC said if stall applications are not submitted, trainers will not be considered for stabling.

The MJC also said that effective immediately, all "work and go" horses must ship to the Receiving Barn at Pimlico. No vans will be permitted behind the grandstand.

2YO Lasix Study Procedures

A survey study of 2-year-olds that race in Maryland this year to determine the extent of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage began Aug. 7 at Laurel Park and will continue Friday, Aug. 21, when a pair of 2-year-old races are carded.

Private veterinarians who practice at Laurel are conducting the video endoscopies and will complete information forms for each horse that include the horse’s name, its EIPH score, any related comments, and whether the horse trains on Lasix. Horses are being scoped post-race when they return to the barns in which they are stabled.

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MJC further refines COVID-19 quarantine policy

The Maryland Jockey Club has further expanded its quarantine policy for riders and others as a result of cancellation of the remainder of this year’s Colonial Downs meet because of COVID-19 positives.

Jockeys who rode races at the Virginia track and all dormitory residents of Colonial Downs during this time are prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 and must produce a negative COVID-19 test obtained and resulted within 72 hours of that date to be granted access.

Furthermore, all other backstretch personnel including horsemen, veterinarians, blacksmiths and others who worked at Colonial Downs during its meet will be prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 as well.

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MJC extends quarantine policy for jockeys

The Maryland Jockey Club will continue its jockey quarantine policy through September pending further developments in ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states.

Jockeys currently riding out of state who come to Maryland racetracks must quarantine for 14 days from their return from another state and must produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained and resulted within 72 hours of riding in a race in Maryland.

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Purse Release