Wayson, Algeo Receive Appointment to Maryland Racing Commission

A Thoroughbred owner and a retired county circuit judge have been appointed to the Maryland Racing Commission while two longtime members, including the current chairman, will leave the regulatory panel.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Konrad Wayson, a businessman and racehorse owner, and Mike Algeo, who served as an associate judge for Montgomery County Circuit Court, to replace chairman John McDaniel, a member of the MRC for roughly three decades, and Mary Louise Preis, a former state legislator who joined the racing commission eight years ago.

Hogan, only the second Republican governor in Maryland in almost 50 years, took office in January 2015. Hogan made four MRC appointments or reappointments in February 2015: David Hayden, Dr. Thomas Bowman, Thomas Winebrener, and then-chairman Bruce Quade, who stepped down this fall.

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December 2016 Newsletter Available

newsletter2016 12The December 2016 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.


Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Launches THAracing.com

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA,) a respected industry voice for horsemen for more than 20 years, on November 30, 2016 launched its much anticipated website designed to provide members of its affiliates — and horsemen everywhere, industry stakeholders, regulators and those interested in racing — with a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary.

“In developing our website, we spent considerable time talking to individual horsemen, industry stakeholders, regulators and others to see what kind of information they would like to see on one convenient site,” said Alan Foreman, Chairman of the THA. “We believe we’ve done that. Our website fills a niche for horsemen that was sorely needed. We are extremely proud of this site and believe it will become a daily resource for horsemen and the industry at-large.”

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Charles, Magee Highlight 2016 MTHA Christmas Party Awards

Five individuals will be recognized for their accomplishments the evening of Dec. 13 as part of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Awards Ceremony and Christmas Party.

The event, to be held in the new Second Floor Sports Bar at Laurel Park, this year will spotlight the MTHA Owner of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Backstretch Workers of the Year, and the recipient of a Special Award for Contributions to Maryland Racing.

Ellen Charles, who has had her own Thoroughbred operation since 2004, is the 2016 Owner of the Year. She operates Hillwood Stable and keeps her horses with trainer Rodney Jenkins.

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New Aftercare Program In Development

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is moving closer to the launch of a greatly expanded aftercare program that includes additional funding and the tracking of retired racehorses.

The MTHA Oct. 4 authorized a commitment of $25,000 a year over five years to the newly created “Beyond The Wire” Thoroughbred aftercare program. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club have agreed to similar contributions to participate in the program, while the Maryland jockey colony collectively has agreed to participate through per-mount contributions.

“It’s so great to have the entire industry support this important cause,” commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. “We’re all in this together and we all have an interest in providing long term homes for our retired race horses.”

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