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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.


Congress Passes Bill That Could Nearly Double Available H-2B Visas

Provisions that could double the number of H-2B visas were included in an omnibus spending bill approved by Congress early in the morning of March 23 and signed by President Trump later that day, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.

The language in the budget bill grants the U.S. Department of Homeland Security the authority to increase the cap on H-2B visas, which are a critical component of the Thoroughbred industry’s foreign temporary workforce. The Homeland Security Secretary would make the determination after discussions with the U.S. Department of Labor. Under language in the omnibus bill, the total number of H-2B visa workers that would be permitted to enter the U.S. in fiscal 2018 would be capped at 129,547, the NTRA said. There isn’t much time to capitalize on it, however, as fiscal 2018 ends Sept. 30.

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Commission Adopts Update To Claiming Regulations

The Maryland Racing Commission March 22 adopted a new provision to claiming regulations that prohibit a trainer who also has an owner’s license from claiming a horse as an owner while he or she is under suspension.

The new language stemmed from discussions with the MTHA and was endorsed by the MRC at a meeting last year. MRC Executive Director Mike Hopkins said the regulation must now be sent to and published in the Maryland Register, and that it would take effect by May 1.

Non-Stakes Trainer Bonus Added To BES, Preakness Programs

The Maryland Jockey Club has added a $50,000 bonus for trainers who accumulate the most points in all non-stakes on May 18 (Black-Eyed Susan Day) and May 19 (Preakness Day) at Pimlico Race Course.

This is in addition to the $100,000 trainer bonus for points accrued in 15 stakes on those two days. MJC officials said the non-stakes bonus program is designed to help boost field size as well as reward local trainers who support overnight races.

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Noah Grove Wins Gold At PyeongChang Paralympics

Eighteen-year-old Noah Grove, who had his left leg amputated below the knee when he was only 5 years old, has excelled as a sled hockey player, and his skills and dedication paid off in South Korea when he and other Team USA members captured the gold medal in the Winter Paralympic Games in March.

Grove, of Frederick, Md., is the son of Chris Grove, who won more than 680 races as a trainer based in Maryland. Team USA tied the sled hockey game with only 35 seconds in regulation and then scored a goal in sudden death to defeat the Canadian team.

Grove played in all five games with three goals and three assists.

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A strong storm that is forecast to bring rain and high winds to the region has led Laurel Park to cancel live racing for Friday, March 2.

The Friday program, however, will be brought back in its entirety Monday, March 5. Horsemen don’t need to re-enter for Monday. Post time Monday will be the usual 12:30 p.m. Laurel will remain open Friday for full-card simulcasts.

The latest forecast for central Maryland indicates a high wind warning is in effect for 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Winds from the northwest are expected to be 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Rain is expected to continue most of Friday.

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