Work continues on Laurel surface; training set to resume Oct. 28

The Maryland Jockey Club track maintenance crew at Laurel Park Oct. 26 was busy restoring the base and cushion on part of the main track after repairs were done to a leaking water pipe located about 12 feet under the surface.

The problem was discovered after training Oct. 24. The track crew and MJC facilities staff worked into the evening over three days to repair the breach as quickly as possible.

Training is scheduled to resume Monday, Oct. 28. The situation resulted in the cancellation of four racing programs Oct. 24-27.

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Sewer line break forces Laurel cancellation for Oct. 24

Laurel Park was forced to cancel live racing for Thursday, Oct. 24, after a sewer line that runs underneath the dirt surface was founding to be leaking.

Training was held in the morning without incident. The water on part of the surface near the second finish line and close to the outside rail was discovered after training hours ended.

The extent of the breach is not yet known. Further details will be forthcoming as they are made available.

Earlier in the morning the Maryland Jockey Club announced that all turf races scheduled for Thursday had been moved to the main track. The racing office announced that races 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10—all scheduled for the dirt—have been brought back as extras 10-14 for the next draw, Thursday for Sunday.

Longtime Trainer Donald Souder Passes

Donald Eugene Souder, a longtime Maryland-based trainer, died Oct. 16. He was 85.

Souder, who began training in 1979, had 255 career victories and earnings just shy of $4 million. His most successful earnings year was 2004, when his horses banked $429,000.

Souder was an entrepreneur—he was involved in the car dealership Wynn Kelly Chevrolet in Clarksville, Md.; restaurants; and construction. He usually operated a small stable at Laurel Park, and earnings-wise, 2018 and 2019 were his best years in more than a decade.

Among Souder’s top horses were Maryland-bred Higher Strata, a multiple stakes winner who captured the Mister Diz, Maryland City and Endless Surprise at Laurel. Higher Strata, who Souder owned, also was multiple stakes-placed in a 56-race career. The filly Jubilees Galore, who he also owned and trained, won the Oakley Stakes at Colonial Downs.

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October 2019 Newsletter Available

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Aguirre on his way to accomplishing goals in the racing business

After years of helping with the family’s horses, exercise riding for other trainers and serving as an assistant trainer in Maryland, 24-year-old Anthony “T.J” Aguirre Jr. got his trainer’s license July 7 and had his first starter less than two weeks later.

On Aug. 15 he quickly achieved a milestone—a 2-year-old he acquired as a yearling after the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic September sale made his first start, and Aguirre was particularly proud because the colt, a Maryland-bred named Benny Havens, is also the first horse he purchased at auction and the first he broke on his own.

“I bought him privately for $1,500,” Aguirre said. “He was went through the ring and wasn’t sold. I don’t what happened. The mare is nine-for-nine with her racing foals and he’s a beautiful horse. The whole purpose was to get a Maryland-bred. I train in Maryland and I want to stay in Maryland. That was the goal.

“I’ve been with him every day. I haven’t spent a day away from him because he was at my mom’s farm.”

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September 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 9The September 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.

 

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