March 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 3The March 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.

MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION IMPLEMENTS NEW CONTRACT TO ENHANCE SAFETY OF HORSES AND ATHLETES

BALTIMORE, MD (February 6, 2014) – In Maryland's continuing effort to comply with the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication and Drug Testing program which requires laboratories to be fully accredited, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a 5-year contract with Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin California on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Truesdail Laboratories will perform the analytical analysis of all urine and blood specimens taken from horses competing in Maryland races.

"The implementation of the Truesdail Laboratories contract is another step in the Maryland Racing Commission's comprehensive medication reform policy and its ongoing efforts to provide for the safety of our human and equine athletes and to ensure the integrity of our sport," said Maryland Racing Commission Chairman Bruce Quade.

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February 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 2The February 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.

Obamacare Registration Assistance Provided

GTY healthcare obamacare 187238640 jt 131130 16x9 992Open enrollment for the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care) will be ending March 31st and won't start back up again until October 1st. You can find the plan(s) that work for you and apply at this link, http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov  
 
For our backstretch employees who don't have access to a computer for registration, call on the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund and the Horsemen's Counseling Program to help.  The process takes a little more than an hour per person so it is important that the backstretch worker sets aside some time and make arrangements with Bobby Lillis at (410) 902-6843 or Bill Borchardt at (301) 776-0404.  
 
Also, at every library in the country (mandated by Obama Care) has an assister to help individuals who don't understand the process and will help them apply at the library. Check with your local library to see what days and hours the assister(s) will be available. 

January 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 1The January 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.

NOTICE TO HORSEMEN FROM THE MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION

It has come to the attention of the Maryland Racing Commission that there is misinformation being circulated within the racing community regarding the implementation of the new recommended withdrawal time and testing for clenbuterol.

To be clear, the recommended withdrawal time for the therapeutic use of clenbuterol prior to a horse’s race is 14 days. This recommendation, and the published uniform regulatory threshold to be employed by the laboratory conducting drug testing for the Commission, became effective on January 1, 2014 along with the other medication reforms that were enacted by the Commission.

The new guidelines and testing thresholds were the subject of public hearings by the Commission. They were finally adopted in November and the implemen­tation date of January 1, 2014 has been stated from the outset in order to allow sufficient time for horsemen to adjust their treatment practices.

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