Introducing Counseling Administrator Jasmine Arian

Jasmine ArianIt might be the best pairing since American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza. The Horsemen’s Counseling Program and its new assistance coordinator, Jasmine Arian, appear to be made for each other.

Arian, 24, knows her way around a racetrack. She’s engaged to Oscar Mancilla, the son of jockey Oscar Mancilla (yes, they both have the same name). So when the HCP job became available she immediately showed an interest.

“My passion is having a career to help people,” Arian said. “When I saw this job, I thought it would be an excellent fit. I know a lot about the track.”

Arian started working for the HCP officially on July 1, taking over from recently retired Bill Borchardt, who married and moved to Alabama. While Borchardt actually did individual counseling sessions on a part-time basis, Arian will instead assist horsemen full-time to find professional help for what they need.

The Horsemen’s Counseling Program, which is a cooperative effort between MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club, assists racetrack employees who are dealing with personal, family and work-related situations that may be troubling. The coordinator provides services and resources to assist in dealing with a wide variety of problems including: stress, depression, family problems, marital conflict, anxiety, grief, alcohol or drug abuse, financial concerns and legal issues.

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Golden, Quade Among Racing Media Honorees

RGoldenRichard Golden’s first memory of horses was going to summer camp when he was 7 years old and discovering his favorite activity was going to the stables every day where he learned to ride and take care of the horses.

A sweet beginning for a man who eventually would become the owner of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, its sister farm in Peach Bottom, Pa., Maryland’s leading sire Not For Love and Sycamore Hall Farm, also in Chesapeake City. Now, Golden has been named the recipient of the Maryland Racing Media Association’s Humphrey S. Finney Award.

The award is named for the founding editor of The Maryland Horse Magazine, who was also past chair of the Fasig-Tipton Co. It is the most prestigious honor given by the MRMA and comes in recognition of a winner’s lifetime contributions to horse racing in Maryland.

Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade also has been selected to receive the MRMA’s Nancy Alberts Newsmaker Award and new national Hall of Fame inductees trainer King Leatherbury and Xtra Heat have been named winners of the MRMA Dale Austin Newsmaker Award.  The awards will be presented in November at the MRMA’s annual crab feast at Laurel Park.

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June/July 2015 Newsletter Available

newsletter2015 4The June / July 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.

May 2015 Newsletter Available

newsletter2015 4The May 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.

Horsemen Bid Farewell To Bowie

Bowie 05As trainer Linda Gaudet went about the business of taking down walls of photographs that tell the history of her life and that of her husband, Eddie, and their children at the Bowie Training Center, the emotions were bittersweet.

“We’re excited about the move,” said Gaudet, who has stabled horses at the center for nearly 43 years, with her husband there many years before that.  “But in a way, it is agonizing.  It’s been two weeks of not sleeping and I’m not sure the car won’t come here all on its own when I go to work [at Laurel Park].

“Both my kids were raised here.  They were home-schooled here.  We’ve been in this barn close to 30 years. It was new when we first moved in and it was a nice barn at that time. There are a lot of memories here. Lacey [her daughter who is also a trainer] said she was going to go to Wal-Mart and get a bunch of frames for all these pictures so we can put them up in our new place, but a lot of them will come home.”

Gaudet and all the other horsemen, some of whom have stabled their horses at the Bowie Training Center for up to half a century, have been slowly moving out of the 101-year-old facility during the last few months. The last horses shipped out Tuesday, April 28.

“I’ve been here a long time,” said Magill, 49. “Ten years; And I used to come here for the races with my dad when I was 9 or 10 years old.  There’s sadness to be going, but when you’re over there [at Laurel Park], it is exciting.  Bowie, well, it is time to go. It was getting a little run-down.”

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Excitement High at Pimlico

Pimlico Turf 2015When horse racing fans at Pimlico Race Course turn their eyes to the new high-definition television screens to watch a race they no longer have to squint. And when they look at those screens to check the post positions or minutes to the next race they no longer have to search frantically to find the information, thanks to the new clearly designed graphics.

Those are two of the changes that have come to the track this spring and created a buzz and an air of excitement at Old Hilltop.

With changes at the track and some increased advertising, attendance is up and so is the handle, said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland racetracks.

“We’ve not gone all out yet with our advertising,” he said. “We’re just getting started. We don’t want to over-market. Once we have some serious renovations done, we’ll market more. We want people who come to enjoy the experience and tell others about it. That’s the best advertising we can get.”

Ritvo said fans “aren’t coming in droves” just yet, but those who are watching the races at Pimlico have indicated they like what they’re seeing – the high-definition televisions and the new graphic designs, which are like the ones being used at Gulfstream Park and other Stronach Group tracks.  The consistency among the tracks is creating a familiarity for customers, with clear, easily read information. 

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Ritvo said. “We’ve seen a lot of customers praising us for the changes we’ve made. The changes we’re making are long overdue. People are telling us they love the new screens, love the high-definition and like the graphics.

“We think the sport is very visual and now the high-definition pictures are much clearer – it pops and makes a really good visual.”

Ritvo pointed out the Sports Palace at Pimlico also has seen renovation that is about better visuals.

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