Free ESL Classes Resume March 2nd

ESL Mag Cover Final 3The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in conjunction with the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund will resume its popular offering of English As A Second Language classes on March 2.

Two separate classes will be offered to backstretch workers free of change in the Laurel Park track kitchen once a week. These classes will be divided into beginner and advanced levels to accommodate all skill levels.

Taught by Esthermaria Esquina, currently an adjunct faculty member at Baltimore City Community College and Montgomery College in Silver Spring, the courses will each be three hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and will include a 15-minute dinner break.

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MTHA's Commitment To Aftercare As Strong As Ever

TAALogoAll one has to do is look at the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s support of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and its own on-going assistance to local programs to know Maryland’s horsemen are committed to their racehorses’ futures.

Most recently, the MTHA made its 2014 contribution of $31,389 to the TAA. It marks the first full year of funding for the program in Maryland and represents an increase of $8,163 over its 2013 payment.

The horsemen’s commitment to the Thoroughbred’s post-racing career made both MTHA board member Chris Bricker, who oversees the program, and Maryland racing secretary Georganne Hale, who is on the TAA board of directors, proud.

“Our horsemen are the best in the country and I think that accounts for the way they care about their horses,” Hale said. “I think our horsemen make us one of the top-notch states in the country in terms of taking care of our horses.

“The MTHA’s donation to TAA is substantial, but they do much more than that,” Hale said. “They support the local aftercare programs throughout the year, beyond their TAA commitment.”

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February 2015 Newsletter Available

newsletter2015 2The February 2015 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

January 2015 Newsletter Available

newsletter2015 1The January 2015 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

December 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 11The December 2014 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 each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

Carlos Garcia Retires From Training After 44 Years

carlos-garciaCarlos Garcia has tried to slow down before. Two years ago, he said he was retiring as a trainer. He said he was hanging it up after the 2012 De Francis Dash. His horse Action Andy was running in that race, and Garcia hoped his training career would end on a positive note.

Action Andy did his part. He won. Garcia tried to do his. But he made a mistake. He kept a small string of horses. Before he knew it, he was back training.
Now, he believes, he’s done it the right way. No more racehorses on his farm. He’s going to try being an agent for jockeys. He tried that two years ago, too. But the horses called him back.

It might have been expected. Garcia has sent 8,388 of them to post and won 1,354 times during the last 44 years. It was hard to let go.

“I’m going to try to stick with it [retirement],” Garcia said from his home near Tampa, Fla. “I’ve [got] no horses of my own now. Action Andy is being retired, too. My son and his girlfriend are going to give him a second career. Right now, he’s enjoying some time off.”

Garcia, who came to the United States from his native Argentina in 1964, hopes he will enjoy some time off, too. But his first love has always been the horses. He grew up with them, riding by the time he was five. He got his early lessons from his father, who was a successful trainer in Buenos Aires. Garcia likes to be around the animals, watching them, helping them. And he has compiled an impressive record as one of the little guys.

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