Laurel track crew to address area near five-eighths pole

Training will be suspended at Laurel Park Oct. 30-31 so the track crew can examine and repair an area near the five-eighths-mile pole.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said there is a “dip” in that location on the dirt track, and that it has been addressed several times before. He said track superintendent Chris Bosley has taken a proactive approach and would like to repair it before cold weather sets in.

“It’s not bad but Chris noticed it, and I’d rather have him notice it and fix it before (there is an incident),” Sinatra said.

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Racing Community Loses Polinger

Helen Polinger, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who raced multiple graded-stakes winner and millionaire The Very One in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Sept. 12 in Maryland.

Polinger, whose farm in Montgomery County at one time stood several stallions, was a mainstay of the state’s breeding program for many years along with her late husband, Milton. She greatly reduced her operation after her husband’s death but in this decade has maintained a small racing operation in the state.

“She built her farm in the early 1960s and was very with involved with Thoroughbred breeding until the day she died,” said Stanley Herwitz, a close friend of Helen Polinger. “She was very hands-on with her breeding operation, and was a talented artist—she did portraits of her children.”

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2018 Maryland Million Day Parking Plan Set

The Maryland Jockey Club will adjust parking protocol to accommodate the first Clubhouse Festival, featuring multiple music acts, at Laurel Park on Oct. 20, Maryland Million Day.

The event, to be held adjacent the clubhouse turn, is a partnership between The Stronach Group and Club Glow, an electronic dance music promotion company headquartered in Washington, D.C. They also partner on the Moonrise Music Festival at Pimlico Race Course. According to a map, the event area of about 9 acres will be bordered by the one-mile chute, Laurel Park Racetrack Road off of Route 198, and the Racing Office. About 3 acres adjacent the one-mile chute will be used for event-related parking. The MJC is currently in the process of clearing the area and plans to put down asphalt. Download map.

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MJC Outlines Environmental Procedures, Sanctions

The Maryland Jockey Club, citing scrutiny from the Maryland Department of the Environment, is requiring horsemen to follow specific procedures or risk fines and potential removal of horses from the grounds.

Major Mike Singletary, MJC Vice President of Security, outlined what he called “common-sense remedies” that can help the MJC avoid severe sanctions from the MDE. He said “all trainers and their employees must do their part to help the situation.” Effective immediately, the MJC is requiring everyone to follow these guidelines:

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Free seminar on “Training for Injury Prevention” Nov. 6

Beyond The Wire will offer a free seminar, “Training for Injury Prevention,” for licensed Maryland trainers, assistant trainers, and owners on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Laurel Park.

Dr. Sue Stover, a professor and director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, will cover how injuries develop, why catastrophic injuries occur, and factors that can be managed to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, Dr. Amy Burk from the University of Maryland will speak briefly on nutrition and ulcers in horses.

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October 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 8The October 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.


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