Timothy L. Keefe

Tim Keefe, who began training in Maryland in late 1992 and has been stabled in the state since that time, has been a member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors since 2005 and is the current Vice President of the organization.

Tim has conditioned stakes winners such as Eightofasttocatch, Celtic Innis, Red’s Round Table, Great Soul, Frisky

Thunder, Anarex, Goferitstutz and Still Having Fun, a Grade 2 stakes winner. He is stabled at Laurel Park.

Tim, an accomplished triathlete, also is on the boards of the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund and Maryland Million Ltd.

Tim has been heavily involved in cultivating and maintaining the relationship among the MTHA, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association that has spurred a revitalization of racing in the state. He is extremely hands-on in Annapolis when the legislature is in session, including when the General Assembly passed the Racing and Community Development Act of 2020.

As MTHA President from 2014-2023, Tim was involved in the negotiations in 2019 that led to the plan to rebuild Pimlico and Laurel. With the plan having stalled for multiple reasons, Tim participated in subsequent discussions that led to creation of the Maryland Thoroughbred Racetrack Operating Authority by the state earlier this year. The MTROA is examining a host of options to move the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry forward.

“The most important issues going forward obviously are ensuring that horsemen’s concerns are being addressed and implementing a plan for the redevelopment of the industry,” Tim said. “We have been working with the Maryland Stadium Authority and Maryland Thoroughbred Racetrack Operating Authority throughout the process and look forward to reaching important decisions in the near future.”

In nine years under Keefe’s stewardship, the MTHA has launched initiatives such as the acclaimed Horsemen’s Health System, the Beyond The Wire aftercare program, a new recreation program, a shuttle service for backstretch employees, the Expedited Purse Release Program for owners, a drastically improved communication strategy and improved board participation in MTHA affairs.