MTHA Toy Drive: A Huge Success!
The annual Christmas Toy Drive for the benefit of children of backstretch workers was a huge success thanks to the many donations received from members of the Maryland racing community.
The event, held Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Laurel Park Track Kitchen before racing began, attracted about 60 children and members of their families who requested that they receive toys. The Paz family decorated the kitchen and offered cookies and hot chocolate. Santa Claus handed out the presents to the children.
Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association staff said the 2022 edition of the event was perhaps the best ever. The MTHA would like to thank everyone who contributed toys, or funds to purchase toys, for making it a success once again.
The Preakness Stakes post-position draw will be held Monday, May 15, at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and will include a public concert by English musician John Waite, who is known for his many popular songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
After days of negotiations, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club on hiring consultant John Passero to examine the Laurel Park dirt surface and make recommendations for its improvement in the wake of a string of equine injuries during training and racing.