- 03 Jul
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).”