Maryland's Best Honored At Renaissance Awards

Maryland backstretch workers Luis Barajas and Gabriel Emmanuel were among the many individuals and equines recognized for 2018 during the second Renaissance Awards dinner in Baltimore the evening of Feb. 12.

The awards program is a joint effort among the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club.

The MTHA each year accepts nominations for two grooms, one based at Laurel Park and the other at Pimlico Race Course, and makes a selection. Barajas, 28, works for Laurel-based trainer Brittany Trimble Russell, while Emmanuel, 63, is employed by Pimlico-based trainer Mary Eppler.

Both men said they were honored to have been chosen and grateful for being able to accept their awards. Emmanuel was joined by his wife, Adeline, and daughter, Laura Emmanuel, a physician with MedStar Health who was a recipient of two racing-related scholarships, one from the Maryland Racing Media Association and the other from Race For Education.

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February 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 2The February 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.

 

January 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 1The January 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.

 

MTHA Board OKs increase in Lasix fee to $25

The MTHA Board of Directors Dec. 10 voted to increase the fee charged for administration of race-day Lasix to bring it in line with several other Mid-Atlantic racing jurisdictions.

The fee for Lasix, which is administered by regulatory veterinarians, has been $20 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. It will increase to $25 effective Jan. 1 at Laurel.

According to a regional sampling, the fee at three New York Racing Association tracks—Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course—as well as Parx Racing and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, is $25. It’s $35 at Monmouth Park and $20 at Delaware Park.

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Daniel gets acclimated as new Equine Welfare and Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, who took over as state veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission in January 2017, has begun her duties as Equine Welfare and Medical Director for the MRC.

A 2013 review of the MRC by the state Department of Legislative Services recommended creation of the position, which was endorsed by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club. Funding became available in 2018 through legislative action.
Daniel will continue serving as state veterinarian.

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December 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 11The December 2018 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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