Gonzalez, Frock take top spots in Timonium trainer challenge

Claudio Gonzalez and Charles L. “Snake” Frock took top honors in the $41,000 trainer bonus competition during the Maryland State Fair at Timonium meet.

For Maryland Jockey Club-based trainers with 11 stalls or more, the top five were Gonzalez ($10,000), Anthony Farrior ($5,000), Hugh McMahon ($2,500), John Salzman Jr. ($1,500) and John Robb ($1,500).

For MJC-based trainers with 10 or fewer stalls, the top five were Frock ($10,000); Valrie Smith and Charles A. Frock (each earned $3,750 via a tie); Ricardo D’Angelo ($1,500) and Kenny Cox ($1,500).

The top four jockeys during the seven-day meet were J.D. Acosta (10 wins), Angel Cruz (6), and Xavier Perez and Carlos Lopez each with 5 wins.

September 2021 Newsletter Available

newsletter2021 9The September 2021 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.


MATCH returns to Maryland; update on starts and points

After a successful day Aug. 23 at Colonial Downs, the MATCH Series returns to Maryland, where Laurel Park will host the remainder of stakes in the 2021 series.

The following is a look at the standings in the four divisions this year. Note that a horse must have three starts in a division to qualify for bonus money that is awarded to the top three in each division.

More than $280,000 in bonus money is up for grabs in 2021.

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Horsemen U adding content; update on CE certificates

Horsemen U, an online continuing education platform created by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, New York THA and California Thoroughbred Trainers, continues to add content and offers a place for trainers and assistant trainers to maintain their CE records.

The Maryland Racing Commission earlier adopted a regulation that requires trainers to have four hours of CE per year as a condition of licensing beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

Horsemen U offers approved online CE webinars and issues CE certificates after a course and a short quiz have been completed. Trainers and assistant trainers can register, free of charge, and maintain their CE records in their account. The website for the platform is www.HorsemenU.com.

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Casinos set another revenue record in July

Maryland casinos continue to post record revenue figures as the $180.14 million generated in July was a single-month high since the launch of gaming in the state, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a 6% share of revenue from video lottery terminals at six casinos, benefited as well in July. The PDA earned $7.25 million to help push the calendar year-to-date figure to $43.64 million.

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State Fair gearing up for Timonium race meet

The Maryland State Fair at Timonium is preparing the facility for this year’s seven-day meet that runs from Friday, Aug. 27, to Monday, Sept. 6.

Live racing will be held Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 3-6. There is a special first post time of 3 p.m. on opening day, which also is College Scholarship Day. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to full-time college students who pre-register and are in attendance.

First post on the other six racing days is 12:40 p.m.

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