Ballot set for 2017 election

Twenty-nine individuals, including 14 incumbents, are seeking the 15 seats on the MTHA board of directors in this year’s election.

MTHA directors serve three-year terms. The board has seven owner directors, seven trainer directors, and one at-large seat filled by the highest vote-getter of the remaining candidates.

The MTHA board held its annual meeting June 23 at Laurel Park. There were no nominations from the floor, and no petitions were submitted. The following are the candidates for this year by category, listed in alphabetical order:

Owner director: Christine Bricker, Edward Buxbaum, Ellen Charles, Daniel Eubanks, Linda Gaudet, JoAnn Hayden, Michael Horning, Larry Johnson, Mark Lapidus, Robert Manfuso, Stewart Nickel, Stephen O’Neill, Charles “Chip” Reed, Lawrence Smith, and Louis Ulman.

Bricker, Charles, Gaudet, Hayden, Horning, Johnson, Manfuso and Reed are incumbents.

Trainer director: Ferris Allen, Dale Capuano, Claudio Gonzalez, Tim Keefe, Kieron Magee, Jonathan Maldonado, Hugh McMahon, Graham Motion, Gina Rosenthal, John Jerry Robb, Phil Schoenthal, Mark Shuman, Mike Trombetta and Katy Voss.

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More H2B visas hopefully on the way

The American Horse Council in an industry memo June 23 said the United States Department of Homeland Security expects to begin issuing another round of H2B visas in late July.

Additional H2B visas, which are critical to the horseracing industry in regard to finding backstretch workers, were included in a congressional budget bill that became law in the spring. Issuance of additional visas, however, is up to the discretion of the DHS.

Published reports have indicated the department plans to issue more visas, though it declined to say when and how many. The cap of 66,000 was met within the first 30 days of 2017, which created a hardship for horse racing and various agricultural industries that rely on seasonal help.

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Beyond The Wire Program Gets Rolling

Beyond The Wire, Maryland racing’s expanded aftercare program, had a successful soft launch Preakness Stakes week and through the end of May had taken in three racehorses from three different trainers.

Applications were approved for Charlie Bravo, a 5-year-old City Zip horse trained by Lacey Gaudet; D’Humerus, a 4-year-old D’Funnybone gelding trained by John Hartsell Jr.; and Smart Dixie Jones, a 5-year-old Smarty Jones gelding trained by Valora Testerman. All three raced most recently in Maryland, which is one of the criteria for entering the racehorse retirement program.

“It went really well,” said Jessica Hammond, administrator of Beyond The Wire and counseling administrator for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “People have been asking questions about the program, and trainers in Maryland have been helping to promote it. Some seem surprised at how fast we can go through the process and get a horse moved to one of our Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited facilities.”

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Maryland Racing Commission Ratifies Preakness Bonus

The Maryland Racing Commission May 25 ratified the parameters of a Preakness bonus for the connections of Maryland-bred or -sired horses that finish first, second or third in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The bonus was created via legislation last year.

The bonus wasn’t up for grabs this year given the lack of a Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runner in the Preakness.

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June 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 6The June 2017 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.

 

MJC Donates Truckload Of Food To Backstretch Workers

A refrigerated truckload of lunchmeat, fish, fruit, vegetables and Danish were delivered to Bryant Paz at the Laurel Park track kitchen from Pimlico Race Course late in the evening of May 20, Preakness Stakes Day.

The food, provided compliments of the Maryland Jockey Club, was offered to backstretch workers beginning the following day. Employees got the word out to the backstretch community via public address announcements. The MTHA thanks the MJC for thinking of and helping feed those on the backstretch.

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