ANNAPOLIS, MD (DECEMBER 14, 2012) - Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA), the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), and the Maryland Racing Commission for their work to reach a 10-year agreement for sustained racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

“Today is a great day for Maryland’s racing industry.  When my office helped broker a deal in 2010 that would temporarily sustain the industry, I was confident that all the parties would continue to work hard to reach an agreement that would preserve Maryland’s racing heritage and industry,” said Governor O’Malley.  “I applaud the incredible work of  all the parties in reaching a deal that retains racing industry jobs and preserves the future of racing in Maryland for years to come.”  

The 2013 racing season will feature 146 days of live racing days at the major Maryland tracks, the same number as in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Maryland Jockey Club will guarantee a minimum of 100 days a year for the balance of the agreement. There are provisions in the contract for the horsemen to race additional days through a revenue-sharing program.  

The deal also calls for Pimlico and Laurel Park to remain open for year-round racing, training and stabling for the balance of the contract. Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas indicated Pimlico and Laurel would maintain a minimum of 1,900 stalls.

“I am very pleased with the agreement,” said Stronach Group chairman Frank Stronach, who owns Pimlico and Laurel. “This shows our commitment to Maryland racing and the long-term future of the industry.  It is our vision to encourage people to invest in Maryland racing.”

“We created a plan that benefits everyone and develops a sustainable model for the future,” said Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. “I would like to thank Governor Martin O’Malley for his continued support of the industry. We appreciate his involvement two years ago which set-up the framework for this deal. We appreciate Maryland Racing Commissioners John McDaniel and Bruce Quade for their commitment as well as the leadership from the MTHA and MBHA for working with us to make this happen.”

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October 2012 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter2012 10The October 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.

Racing Media Association To Award $26,750 In Scholarships For 2012

9-14The Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA) will disperse $26,750 in scholarships to 23 men and women involved in the Maryland Thoroughbred racing industry.

This year’s awards, made possible through the generosity and support of equine organizations as well as private donors, brings to more than $325,000 in scholarships that have been dispensed over the past decade.

All of the scholarship recipients either work on the Maryland backstretch or are employed on a Thoroughbred farm.

The 2012 scholarship award winners include:

Alexandra Curtiss is the recipient of the Eddie McMullen Memorial Scholarship and will receive $3,000.

Lauren Mundy is the recipient of the Lucy Acton Memorial Scholarship for Service and will receive $3,000.

Gabrielle Gaudet will receive $2,500.

Dagmar Caramello and Jermaine Haughton will receive $2,000 each.

Allen Foster and Colleen O’Reilly will receive $1,500 each.

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MeyerThe Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors has elected owner Richard J. Meyer as it's new President and Dale Capuano, one of Maryland's all-time leading trainers, as Vice President.  The election represents the first major change of leadership since the organization's inception in 1987.

Richard J. Hoffberger, who has served as President since 1987, announced in May that he would not seek reelection. 

Meyer, who has owned horses since the early 1980's, has been a Board member since 1989.  As Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee , Mr. Meyer has pioneered numerous programs that have improved the quality of life on the backstretch.  These efforts have included the creation and sustainability of the MTHA’s Backstretch Pension Plan, Health Center, Free Health Fairs, and year-round Recreation Program among other initiatives.

Mr. Meyer also is a member of the Maryland State Fair Board and is the current President of the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund, a charitable group that provides financial assistance to eligible employees actively working at Maryland racetracks and/or thoroughbred farms.

A career employee of the Defense Department, Meyer is a 1981 graduate of the National Defense University.  He graduated from St. Louis University, and earned a Master’s Degree in technology and management from Central Michigan University.

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