FORECAST FOR HIGH WINDS LEADS LAUREL TO MOVE FRIDAY CARD TO MONDAY

A strong storm that is forecast to bring rain and high winds to the region has led Laurel Park to cancel live racing for Friday, March 2.

The Friday program, however, will be brought back in its entirety Monday, March 5. Horsemen don’t need to re-enter for Monday. Post time Monday will be the usual 12:30 p.m. Laurel will remain open Friday for full-card simulcasts.

The latest forecast for central Maryland indicates a high wind warning is in effect for 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Winds from the northwest are expected to be 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Rain is expected to continue most of Friday.

March 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 12The March 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.

 

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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