When horsemen arrive at the Timonium fairgrounds for the 10-day meet that begins Friday, Aug. 26, there should be smiles of anticipation on their faces.
Thanks to a $10,000 increase from the Maryland State Fair, the trainers’ bonus money payout for the 2016 meet is being raised to a total of $20,000.
“The Maryland State Fair was looking for a way to add some pizazz and encourage trainers to enter their horses during the State Fair meet,” says Ferris Allen, who serves on both the Maryland State Fair Board and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board.
“The State Fair Board asked me what they could do to entice more horses to make the racing go better. I suggested an increase to the trainers’ bonus, which had been $10,000 for a long time.
They made the decision and left the particulars up to me. I sat down with Georganne [MJC racing secretary Georganne Hale] and we came up with the plan that would benefit as many trainers as we could.”
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