The art and science of racetrack surface maintenance

Chris Bosley was named dirt track superintendent for the Maryland Jockey Club in the spring of 2018, and for the last year and a half he has been focused on consistency and safety.

It’s a critical position—and one that’s frequently under a microscope. It’s also a job heavily dependent on weather and having the necessary resources and latest research at your disposal.

Bosley regularly attends Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors meetings to provide updates on surface maintenance and to field comments and questions. He acknowledges it’s difficult to satisfy everyone, but he welcomes feedback with the ultimate goal of providing the best and safest surface possible.

“Everyone needs to keep communicating,” Bosley said. “If something happens or needs to be done, don’t think we’re not going to care about it or it doesn’t bother us. All the guys (on the track crew) care about the racetrack as much as I do.

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August 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 8The August 2019 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.

 

Frederick at Long Shot’s OTB to open July 22

The long-awaited opening of an off-track betting parlor in Frederick, Md., is set for July 22, the Maryland Jockey Club announced July 19.

Frederick at Long Shot’s is located in the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center on Holiday Drive, just off Interstate 270. It fills a void created by the October 2011 closure of an OTB operation in the Cracked Claw at Peter Pan, a restaurant that was located in nearby Urbana.

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Maryland holds productive meeting on equine health and welfare issues

A large group of horsemen and veterinarians gathered July 2 at Laurel Park to discuss equine health and welfare issues and a strategy to bolster protocol, rules and regulations.

The meeting, which drew about 150 people, was organized by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Racing Commission. It stemmed in part from action taken in California in the wake of a series of catastrophic injuries at Santa Anita Park during its recent meet.

“We wanted to discuss the ramifications of what happened in California,” MTHA President Tim Keefe said. “We’re not meeting to jam protocols down your throat but to offer a chance to have a discussion (about the issues).”

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July 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 7The July 2019 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.

 

Laurel Park Community Day set for July 23

Make plans now to attend the first Laurel Park Community Day sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club Tuesday, July 23, in and around the track kitchen. It provides everyone with a chance to celebrate the hundreds of backstretch workers who care for Maryland-based racehorses.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be “best housekeeping awards” for barns and dormitories, and anyone who brings a plastic stall fan will receive a new metal fan. (You must be on the list—stall numbers have been recorded in each barn.)

There will be plenty of barbecue-type food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well electric-cord and hose-nozzle giveaways, volleyball, a basketball tournament and yard games. A highlight will be a dunk tank featuring Major Mike Singletary, Chris Merz, Rick Allen, Victor Carrasco and Anthony Farrior—and perhaps some others.

Please note there will be extra dumpsters available for summer cleaning that day.

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