Former MTHA Board Member Phil Capuano Passes

capuanoPHILEsteemed Maryland horsemen and longtime Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Director Phillip Capuano passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the age of 80.

Phil Capuano’s entire life was dedicated to Maryland racing. An owner and breeder since 1962, he was an integral founder of the organization while tirelessly advocating for backstretch issues as a longtime Chairman of the MTHA’s Backstretch Committee at Bowie.

In 1995, Mr. Capuano received the MTHA’s award for Outstanding Service to Maryland Horsemen.

Capuano is survived by his wife, Connie, who also works in the family’s horse operations, and two highly successful Maryland trainers, Dale and Gary.

Family and Friends will gather at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 2 to 6 pm. Services and interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake.

May/June 2013 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter2013 5The May/June 2013 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.

April 2013 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter2013 4The April 2013 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.

New Program Funds Equine Retirement & Purse Protection Activities

 

PPThe Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors recently approved a new program titled the Maryland Purse Protection and Retirement Program. This new program is was created to provide an ongoing mechanism to fund Thoroughbred retirement initiatives, and to help preserve and promote Maryland racing by funding the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Political Action Committee (PAC).

The MTHA has designed the program to uniquely address Maryland horsemen calls to fund equine aftercare programs, while incorporating the best attributes from similar programs across the country.

The specifics of the program include an optional $10 deduction from owner’s Horsemen’s Account for each horse that starts a race in Maryland. The $10 deduction will be specifically allocated for the funding of Thoroughbred retirement programs ($6) and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s PAC ($4).

To offset this deduction for starters finishing beyond sixth place, Bonus Awards for participants will receive a $10 increase to $110 total.

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March 2013 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter2013 3The March 2013 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.

 

JAZZY IDEA SELECTED MARYLAND-BASED HORSE OF THE YEAR BY MARYLAND RACING MEDIA ASSOCIATION

Jazzy-Idea-01Laurel, Md. - Edwin Merryman's Jazzy Idea was selected as the 2012 Maryland-based Horse of the Year by the members of the Maryland Racing Media Association in voting conducted at the first of two bi-annual meetings held by the organization.

Jazzy Idea, a daughter of Great Notion out of the Dixieland Band mare, Jazz Band,won six of 12 starts, including five stakes races and earned nearly $400,000 last year at age three and she concluded her campaign with victories in the Maryland Million Oaks and the Laurel
 Dash.
 
Owned, bred and trained by Merryman, Jazzy Idea edged Ben's Cat by one vote for the honor, a fitting result considering that she rallied to defeat Ben's Cat to capture the Laurel Dash on the turf establishing a new course record in the final start of her three-year-old campaign.

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