Santa Is Coming To The Track Kitchen at Laurel Park

Santa Claus will visit the track kitchen at Laurel Park Saturday, Dec. 17, to bring cheer and toys to children who are part of the Maryland racing backstretch family.

Toys will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the kids will treated to cookies and hot chocolate. It’s the third year for the MTHA Toy Drive, and it continues to grow every year.

"This is one of our best events of the year," commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. "It's heartwarming to see the community of horsemen in Maryland come together to bring some holiday cheer to a few hardworking families who need it."

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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

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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