Horsemen, veterinarians urged to attend mandatory equine health and safety meeting

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Jockey Club will host a joint meeting Tuesday, July 2, at Laurel Park at which proactive approaches to equine health and safety measures and protocol will be addressed by a variety of speakers.

The meeting, which will begin at 11 a.m. in the Conference Room adjacent the Carriage Room in the grandstand, is mandatory for horsemen and veterinarians based at Laurel Park. A future meeting is planned to be scheduled at Pimlico.

Among those expected to speak are Maryland Racing Commission Executive Director Mike Hopkins; Alan Foreman, Chief Executive Officer of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and legal counsel for the MTHA; Dr. Libby Daniel, Equine Medical Director for the MRC; and members of the MJC management team and Racing Commission.

City of Baltimore withdraws lawsuit against MJC; Pimlico negotiations will resume

The Stronach Group, which owns and operates the Maryland Jockey Club racetracks, on June 12 said a lawsuit filed against the MJC by the City of Baltimore in regard to Pimlico Race Course has been withdrawn, and negotiations on the future of the home of the Preakness Stakes can now resume.

The statement is as follows:

“Acting on behalf of the City of Baltimore, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today filed a line of withdrawal dismissing without prejudice the condemnation action filed against the Maryland Jockey Club, The Stronach Group and others in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Following a productive discussion between Mayor Young and Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group, on Preakness Day, the parties have discussed the resumption of good-faith negotiations concerning the ways and means by which to revitalize, renovate and/or redevelop Pimlico and other Thoroughbred racing facilities in the state, with Pimlico as a priority, in order to maintain and enhance the state’s Thoroughbred racing industry, the city’s capacity to host the Preakness Stakes, provide for sustainable year-round racing in the state, and to further economic and community development and the public’s interest at large.

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Trainers reminded to contact clockers before horses work out

The Maryland Jockey Club is asking all trainers to be sure they let the clockers at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course know whenever they plan to work a horse.

Contacting the clockers helps them do their job more efficiently and avoids the possibility of workouts being missed.

Adherence to the current protocol will avoid the need for changes such as mandatory reporting far in advance of a workout.

At Laurel Park call 301-518-6966 and at Pimlico call 443-739-2007.

The MTHA appreciates your attention to this matter.

June 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 6The June 2019 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.


Training canceled June 3 to allow for ground testing at Laurel

Training at Laurel on Monday, June 3, has been canceled in connection with preliminary testing required before the new Amish barn, or “stick barn” can be constructed not far from the gap near the three-eighths pole.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra May 30 said the work involves heavy equipment that will perform soil boring tests to ensure the designated construction area can take the necessary weight of the planned three-story structure. It was deemed better to allow the crew to try to get all the work done as quickly as possible rather than have it start after training on multiple days.

Sinatra said the noise level will be monitored June 3 to determine whether training could continue in conjunction with the project should it extend beyond the first day.

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