- 19 Feb
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s board of directors approved a new Preference Date System in February that is intended to streamline the procedures and make life easier for officials and horsemen when coping with overbooked race entries.
Horsemen now will get their date for both dirt and turf when they turn in their foal papers to the Maryland Jockey Club horse identifier. Once that is done, the horse will only lose his date if he runs out of town when Maryland tracks are running.
“Our new system is really a hybrid of ours and those used in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and establishes a pretty fine-tuned pecking order,” said MTHA board member Katy Voss. “It tries to be fair to everyone, but helps the home team, too.”