Benevolence Program

The goal of MTHA’s benevolence program is to enhance the quality of life on the Backstretch for trainers, assistant trainers, exercise riders, grooms, hotwalkers and the other workers who are essential to the care and training of Thoroughbreds who are in need. The MTHA benevolence program is recognized as one of the finest in the nation.

MTHA allocates significant funding for the following programs:

Medical and health benefits
Dental care
Preventative medical attention (such as flu vaccinations and prostate/breast cancer screenings)
Meal subsidies

Supplements to Backstretch employee health and insurance benefits

Burial assistance

To apply for benefits, workers must qualify by having a valid Maryland Racing Commission license and have worked for a trainer based at Laurel Park or Pimlico for at least six months (with proof). The employee must fill out the appropriate form, and the MTHA Health and Welfare Committee will review it. If approved, MTHA will contact the individual and arrange services.

Click here for the benefits application form (PDF)

For more information, call Jessica Hammond (301) 776-0404



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