Preakness 147 Veterinarian/Trainer Guide Now Available

The Maryland Jockey Club and owner 1/ST Racing have released a trainers’ guide for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Preakness Stakes programs at Pimlico Race Course May 20-21.

The guide covers stabling and training, including specifics for horses entered graded and non-graded stakes; and medication and veterinary treatments that are permitted or not permitted. All stakes horses will be located in designated barns in the Hayward Avenue barn area, which includes the stakes barn.

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Hogan: Avoid ‘One Last Race Syndrome’

Avoiding the “One Last Race Syndrome” and knowing when to retire Thoroughbred racehorses was the focus of an April 20 presentation by noted equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan. The event, held at Laurel Park, offered continuing education credit for trainers and assistant trainers and is now available on YouTube on Beyond The Wire’s new channel at

Hogan, whose practice is located in New Jersey, said the primary reasons to retire a racehorse are a significant physical issue or a lack of competitiveness. She said retirement to a pasture is not ideal, so transitioning to second careers is important—and that requires awareness and planning.

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Pension Deadline Less Than A Month Away

Virtual signups, the primary means to participate in the Maryland Backstretch Pension Plan, will remain available until June 1. Earlier this year, a $1-million contribution to the plan was approved by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors.

The online registration form in English and Spanish is available at the following link:

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Law Calls For Progress Reports

Under legislation signed into law in April, the Maryland Stadium Authority must provide two reports—on or before Sept. 30 of this year and by Jan. 1, 2023—on the progress of the redevelopment of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course as authorized under the Racing and Community Development Act of 2020. The racing-related provisions were added to a broader economic development bill largely related to sports facilities.

Each report is required to describe efforts by interested parties and the MSA to reduce the overall project costs; report on the cost and schedule for Laurel Park based on the programmatic desires of current ownership; and report on the cost and schedule for Laurel based upon the implementation of recommendations from a report on the status of Maryland Thoroughbred racing operations, including models and recommendations regarding future and planning operations for the Maryland Thoroughbred racing industry.

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MRC approves shift of Pimlico summer meet

The Maryland Jockey Club will move the nine August racing dates scheduled for Pimlico Race Course to September given approval of the request by the Maryland Racing Commission May 3

The switch is a result of a previously scheduled event at Pimlico—the 2022 Moonrise Festival Aug. 6-7. So Laurel Park will take over the following racing dates (all Friday through Sunday): Aug. 5-7, Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21.

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MATCH Series Fires Up At Laurel Park

Kaylasaurus, Deciding Vote, Chez Pierre and Disco Pharoah were the winners of their respective divisions as the 2022 MATCH Series kicked off over two weekends in April at Laurel Park.

The series now moves to Pennsylvania—at Parx Racing Tuesday, June 14 (two turf stakes), and at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course the evening of Friday, June 17 (two dirt stakes). Laurel will host another full round of the MATCH Series Saturday, July 16.

Kaylasaurus, who has shown a fondness for the Laurel Park dirt surface, rallied from last to capture the $100,000 Primonetta Stakes (Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt division) with Horacio Karamanos aboard. Kaylasaurus, owned by Bush Racing Stable, Liberty House Racing, BlackRidge Stables and George Saufley, won the Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel in her 2021 MATCH Series debut in late December after having been claimed for $25,000 in her previous outing.

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