MTHA BOARD OKs PLAN TO PAY BACK TO LAST IN OVERNIGHT RACES ON DIRT

 Horses that finish fifth through last in all dirt races at Laurel Park will collect the equivalent of 4% of the published purse for overnight races effective March 2 with the third condition book of the winter meet.

The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have been discussing different ways to increase the return for owners and trainers who compete in the state as well as boost field size.

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MATCH IS BACK: The Highly Acclaimed Racing Series Returns in 2018!

The highly popular MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) is returning in 2018 after a 16-year hiatus.

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and its affiliates in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Maryland Jockey Club (Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park); Delaware Park; Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (Parx); Penn National Gaming (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course); Darby Development (Monmouth Park); Eldorado Resorts (Presque Isle Downs & Casino); and the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are proud to announce their joint participation after regional discussions during the past six months led to an agreement to revive the MATCH Series and expand cooperation among all stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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GONZALEZ, SAGAMORE, TOLEDO RECOGNIZED WITH RENAISSANCE AWARDS

Claudio Gonzalez, Sagamore Farm and Jevian Toledo were honored for their 2017 success in Maryland during the inaugural Renaissance Awards Feb. 12 at the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore.

The program, which attracted more than 200 people, was put together by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club. Previously, the MTHA and MHBA held their own awards programs on different evenings.

The awards for trainer, owner and jockey, which had been selected by the MTHA, were put to a vote by writers and publicists as part of the new awards format.

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COMMISSION EXPANDS OUT OF COMPETITION TESTING PROGRAM

For more than a decade, the Maryland Racing Commission has had an out-of-competition testing rule to detect the illicit use of gene and blood doping agents, EPO and related substances and peptide-based drugs. The Commission has only conducted such testing among horses nominated to graded stakes and non-graded stakes races. Beginning February 2, the Commission will expand out-of-competition testing to horses eligible to race in all races.

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February 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 12The February 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.

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR INAUGURAL MARYLAND RENAISSANCE AWARDS

The Maryland racing and breeding community will celebrate the state's champions at the first Renaissance Awards dinner Feb. 12.

Awards will recognize excellence in 2017: Maryland-bred champions by division, Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, Maryland Owner of the Year, Maryland Trainer of the Year, Maryland Jockey of the Year, and the MTHA Grooms of the Year.

The event will be held at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, which is located at 1715 Thames Street, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150, which includes valet parking. Tickets can be purchase online at http://bit.ly/2AKPXFA.  Those that prefer a vegetarian dinner option should email Jordyn Egan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that tickets won't be mailed; your name will be at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Beyond The Wire, Maryland's aftercare program; the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation; and horse industry scholarships.

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