HISA rep visits Laurel to assist horsemen with use of portal

As part of a Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority outreach program, Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, Director of Equine Safety and Welfare, visited racetracks in Maryland and two other states to assist trainers with entering vaccination information in the HISA portal and to answer any other questions about the system.

Durenberger, who took the job with HISA last fall after serving as The Jockey Club steward at the New York Racing Association tracks, visited the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association office at Laurel Park Jan. 8. She was at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 7 and traveled to Parx Racing Jan. 9.

"HISA sent some personnel to various racetracks to assist horsemen and horsewomen with vaccine-related procedures, registration of new horses, and to answer general questions about procedures," Durenberger said. "We also are identifying areas where we can make our side of the process more efficient (to benefit trainers). It's troubleshooting, and the hope is that it's the start of regular in-person communications. We will be visiting more racetracks in the future."

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Groom Recognition Program Hits Its Stride

A groom recognition program that began Thanksgiving Day 2021 at Laurel Park truly established itself in 2022 and is continuing into the new year.

On all live racing days at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club fund the “Best Turned Out Award” in every race as a way to show appreciation for the time and effort shown by those who bring the horses to the paddock. The program has become so popular that there’s even a little competition among the grooms.

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Capuano Retires But Plans To Stay Active

A large group gathered in the winner’s circle following the fourth race Dec. 31 at Laurel Park for a special presentation to honor trainer Dale Capuano, who is retiring as a trainer of record after a successful 41-year career.

Capuano, 60, a former member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors, has turned the day-to-day operation over to his nephew, Phillip Capuano, son of trainer Gary Capuano.

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HISA ‘Fix’ Language Included In Omnibus Spending Bill

Language designed to bolster the Federal Trade Commission’s oversight of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was included in a federal $1.7 trillion omnibus bill passed by the Senate and House of Representatives just before Christmas and signed Dec. 29 by President Joe Biden.

The short amendment states that it allows the FTC to “abrogate, add to, and modify the rules of (HISA) promulgated in accordance with this Act as the commission finds necessary or appropriate.”

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Longtime Maryland State Veterinarian Zipf Passes

Longtime Maryland veterinarian Dr. David Zipf, a regular at Maryland racetracks for more than 50 years, passed away in late November.

Zipf handled the primary veterinary duties for the Maryland Racing Commission for decades. He began in August 1965 at Marlboro Races, which was part of the state’s fair circuit. He was known for his personal commitment to the health, safety and welfare of equine athletes.

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January 2023 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 12The Janaury 2023 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.



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