Multiple Owners Tie For Meet Title; Gonzales, Carrasco Win Outright

Four owners tied with six wins each while Claudio Gonzalez and Victor Carrasco captured the trainer and jockey titles, respectively, outright during the Laurel Park spring/summer meet that ended Aug. 20.

The top owners for the meet that began June 9 were R. Larry Johnson (pictured), Sagamore Farm, BB Horses and Robert Bone.

Johnson, a member of the MTHA Board of Directors, led the way in total earnings for the meet with $225,158 from 29 starts; Sagamore was second with $192,275.

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Renovation Of Laurel Park Main Track To Begin

For the first time since the mid-2000s, the main track at Laurel Park will be peeled back so the base can be examined in a project set to begin Aug. 21.

The work will be done during a break in the action at Laurel while the Maryland State Fair at Timonium holds its seven-day race meet from Aug. 25-Sept. 4. Laurel will begin its final meet of the year Sept. 8, but Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said the goal is to get the track renovation completed as soon as possible.

“We’d like to get the track back to the horsemen as soon as possible for training purposes,” Sinatra said. “The weather, as it looks now, is supposed to be pretty good next week.”

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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Aug. 18 announced the results of its 2017 election for the board of directors, which consists of seven owner representatives, seven trainer representatives and one at-large representative.

The final day for receipt of ballots by Election Trust of Bellevue, Wash., was Aug. 15. The final certified results, based on 519 valid ballots counted beginning July 22, are as follows:

Owner directors: Linda Gaudet, JoAnn Hayden, Ellen Charles, R. Larry Johnson, Mark Lapidus, Robert Manfuso, and Charles “Chip” Reed. Lapidus is new to the MTHA board.

Trainer directors: A. Ferris Allen III, Dale Capuano, Timothy Keefe, H. Graham Motion, Philip Schoenthal, Michael Trombetta, and Katharine Voss. Schoenthal is new to the MTHA board.

At-large director: Trainer Hugh McMahon, who received the next-highest vote total from either the owner or trainer category. McMahon is new to the MTHA board.

Complete results can be viewed here.

According to Election Trust, an independent vote-counting firm, the total number of paper ballots mailed and presumed received was 2,337, which puts the voting participation rate at 22%.

MTHA elections are held once every three years. In all, 15 owners and 14 trainers were on this year’s ballot.

***Update*** Owner Director Ellen Charles officially resigned, in writing, on August 18. The MTHA Board subsquently filled the vacant position created with Michael R. Horning by unanimous vote on October 30, 2017.


Backstretch Appreciation Day - September 19, 1-4pm

The MTHA will celebrate the unsung heroes of the state’s racing industry during its annual Backstretch Appreciation Day, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The event, scheduled for 1-4 p.m., will be held under a tent on the racetrack apron at Laurel Park, which was the case last year.


The MTHA recognizes not only the hands-on care and attention backstretch workers provide racehorses on a daily basis, but also the unusual hours such jobs require. Family is a very important part of that equation, and the MTHA encourages workers to invite their family members for an afternoon of food, games, and cash giveaways.
The Maryland Jockey Club last year began offering cash prizes to Backstretch Appreciation Day attendees and will do so again this year. Plans call for $2,500 in cash to be awarded along with various door prizes.

Similar to last year, Russell Clark Catering will prepare an all-you-can-eat barbecue featuring chicken, pit beef and ham, as well as a variety of salads and side dishes and non-alcoholic beverages. The MTHA again has arranged for a DJ from Carlyle Entertainment to provide the sounds for the afternoon party.

If you’re looking for a little exercise other than dancing, adults and children will be welcome to play horseshoes, cornhole and other games.The Board and staff of the MTHA encourages all to attend to celebrate the work and dedication of those who work with our equine athletes on a daily basis throughout the year.

August 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 8The August 2017 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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