- 25 Jun
The MTHA board of directors June 23 approved requests to schedule several more Virginia-bred races at Laurel Park this year and to assist the Maryland State Fair at Timonium in increasing overnight purses during its seven-day meet.
Maryland has been hosting Virginia-bred stakes on its turf course to assist owners and breeders who have had no regular Thoroughbred meet since the closure of Colonial Downs. The MTHA board was asked to consider adding another five races that would be sprinkled over a six-month period at Laurel.
MTHA president Tim Keefe noted purses for Virginia-bred races are funded by the Virginia Equine Alliance and not the Maryland purse account.
“It doesn’t cost us anything to run the races, and we get the (revenue from pari-mutuel handle on the races),” Keefe said. “One thing it does cost us—maybe—are races for Maryland horses on those days. But there are plenty of Virginia horsemen who support us throughout the year.”