Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Launches THAracing.com

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA,) a respected industry voice for horsemen for more than 20 years, on November 30, 2016 launched its much anticipated website designed to provide members of its affiliates — and horsemen everywhere, industry stakeholders, regulators and those interested in racing — with a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary.

“In developing our website, we spent considerable time talking to individual horsemen, industry stakeholders, regulators and others to see what kind of information they would like to see on one convenient site,” said Alan Foreman, Chairman of the THA. “We believe we’ve done that. Our website fills a niche for horsemen that was sorely needed. We are extremely proud of this site and believe it will become a daily resource for horsemen and the industry at-large.”

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Charles, Magee Highlight 2016 MTHA Christmas Party Awards

Five individuals will be recognized for their accomplishments the evening of Dec. 13 as part of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Awards Ceremony and Christmas Party.

The event, to be held in the new Second Floor Sports Bar at Laurel Park, this year will spotlight the MTHA Owner of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Backstretch Workers of the Year, and the recipient of a Special Award for Contributions to Maryland Racing.

Ellen Charles, who has had her own Thoroughbred operation since 2004, is the 2016 Owner of the Year. She operates Hillwood Stable and keeps her horses with trainer Rodney Jenkins.

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New Aftercare Program In Development

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is moving closer to the launch of a greatly expanded aftercare program that includes additional funding and the tracking of retired racehorses.

The MTHA Oct. 4 authorized a commitment of $25,000 a year over five years to the newly created “Beyond The Wire” Thoroughbred aftercare program. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club have agreed to similar contributions to participate in the program, while the Maryland jockey colony collectively has agreed to participate through per-mount contributions.

“It’s so great to have the entire industry support this important cause,” commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. “We’re all in this together and we all have an interest in providing long term homes for our retired race horses.”

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Maryland Racing Calendar Expands in 2017

The Maryland racing calendar will expand to 162 days of racing at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2017, up from 154 days this year, the Maryland Jockey Club announced.

State racing officials called the calendar a promising marker for the health of Maryland racing, given that many tracks around the country are cutting dates.

"It is an improvement," Maryland Racing Commission chairman John McDaniel said. "This is what we want, to continue to increase racing days."

The racing commission unanimously approved the calendar, which will be highlighted by the 142nd Preakness on May 20 at Pimlico.

Download complete 2017 calendar here.

Maryland Trainer Joe Tuminelli Passes

Joe Tuminelli, a Maryland-based trainer who won hundreds of races in his career, died Nov. 6 in Baltimore, Md. He was 74.

Tuminelli, who lived in Cockeysville, Md., graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in English before embarking on his career working with Thoroughbreds. His horses earned more than $4 million.

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