MTHA Board Meeting - 10/24/18

The next Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Assoication Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at 11:00 A.M. in the Laurel Park International Room. Light fare and refreshements will be available.

This meeting will be open to any current member of the association.

2018 Maryland Million Day Parking Plan Set

The Maryland Jockey Club will adjust parking protocol to accommodate the first Clubhouse Festival, featuring multiple music acts, at Laurel Park on Oct. 20, Maryland Million Day.

The event, to be held adjacent the clubhouse turn, is a partnership between The Stronach Group and Club Glow, an electronic dance music promotion company headquartered in Washington, D.C. They also partner on the Moonrise Music Festival at Pimlico Race Course. According to a map, the event area of about 9 acres will be bordered by the one-mile chute, Laurel Park Racetrack Road off of Route 198, and the Racing Office. About 3 acres adjacent the one-mile chute will be used for event-related parking. The MJC is currently in the process of clearing the area and plans to put down asphalt. Download map.

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MJC Outlines Environmental Procedures, Sanctions

The Maryland Jockey Club, citing scrutiny from the Maryland Department of the Environment, is requiring horsemen to follow specific procedures or risk fines and potential removal of horses from the grounds.

Major Mike Singletary, MJC Vice President of Security, outlined what he called “common-sense remedies” that can help the MJC avoid severe sanctions from the MDE. He said “all trainers and their employees must do their part to help the situation.” Effective immediately, the MJC is requiring everyone to follow these guidelines:

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Free seminar on “Training for Injury Prevention” Nov. 6

Beyond The Wire will offer a free seminar, “Training for Injury Prevention,” for licensed Maryland trainers, assistant trainers, and owners on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Laurel Park.

Dr. Sue Stover, a professor and director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, will cover how injuries develop, why catastrophic injuries occur, and factors that can be managed to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, Dr. Amy Burk from the University of Maryland will speak briefly on nutrition and ulcers in horses.

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October 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 8The October 2018 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.


National Harbor OTB facility approved by Maryland Racing Commission

Maryland’s off-track betting network will expand Sept. 12 when wagering on horse races is offered at the MGM National Harbor Casino just south of Washington, D.C.

The Maryland Racing Commission approved an application for the facility after a hearing the evening of Sept. 11 at Rosecroft Raceway, which is located about four miles from the casino. Work on the betting area—on the second floor as part of an expansion—has been ongoing for months.

After taking comments from members of the local community, the MRC went into executive session to deliberate. The approval for operation of the OTB parlor is through Dec. 31, 2018, though that could be extended through September of 2019 should the Maryland Jockey Club reach agreement on a new contract with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association. The current one expires at the end of this year.

Operators of OTB facilities must get MRC approval each year.

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