Trainers at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course are encouraged to submit nominations for the MTHA Backstretch Employees of the Year for 2017.

The MTHA, as it has in previous years, will recognize one backstretch employee at each racetrack based on the nominations. The awards will be presented in early 2018 at a special event that is in the planning stages.

The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15.

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The Maryland Racing Commission is planning to discuss a rule governing the suspension of individuals who hold multiple licenses and a new regulation in Pennsylvania that bans horses from racing in the event of positive tests.

The MRC discussed both issues at its meeting Sept. 28 but took no action.

“It makes a lot of sense to defer on this so we have input from commissioners and have stakeholders have input,” MRC Chairman Michael Algeo said.

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Backstretch Health Fair 9/28 at Laurel Park

Attention Horsemen- Don't Forget The Backstretch Health Fair sponsored by MTHA and Medstar Health on Thursday, September 28 at 9am - 1pm in the Laurel Park track kitchen. Free services include Free Flu Shots, Cholesterol & Glucose Screenings, PSA and CMP Blood Screenings, Blood Pressure, Body Fat Composition and More.

October 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 10The October 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.



A report prepared by Biologically Applied Engineering shows the recent one-week renovation of the main track at Laurel Park was largely a success, but it also strongly recommends daily attention as part of a Maintenance Quality System.

The report was presented by Dr. Mick Peterson (pictured), the principal in Biologically Applied Engineering and Executive Director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory who also oversees equine agriculture programs at the University of Kentucky. He visited Laurel Labor Day weekend to examine the dirt surface at the request of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

The renovation entailed a peel-back of the surface material to examine the base; five areas of the base were patched and compacted. Some clay was added to the surface material before it was replaced, and drainage issues around the track were identified and remedied.

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Laurel Park will race Mondays rather than Thursdays when it begins its four-day-per-week live racing schedule in October.

The MTHA board of directors Sept. 8 heard about the proposal from Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra and approved it several days later. The switch in racing days is tied to increased exposure of the Laurel product on the Television Games Network.

Laurel was scheduled to race Thursday through Sunday in October and November and Friday through Sunday in December. Under the new arrangement, there will be racing four days a week in December, with the extra days also Mondays.

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