MedStar’s Dr. Kelly Ryan Saves Groom’s Life at Laurel Park

The Horsemen’s Health System funded by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club has been an invaluable asset, and it certainly proved its worth Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.

A New York-based groom was stricken—it was determined to be a heart attack—and fell to the ground while holding his horse. Dr. Kelly Ryan of MedStar Sports Medicine, which provides health services on live racing days in Maryland, was alerted and within minutes made her way from her office in the grandstand to the paddock.

The man had no heart beat when Ryan arrived. She used an automatic external defibrillator and CPR to revive him just before an Anne Arundel County ambulance arrived to transport him to a local hospital. He was alert and able to speak at that time.

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Trainer Tim Keefe was re-elected president of the MTHA during the first meeting of the new board of directors September 8 at Laurel Park.

Though board elections are held once every three years, officers are selected by the board each year. Other officers elected for 2017-18 are Dale Capuano and Linda Gaudet, vice presidents; Michael Horning, treasurer; and Katy Voss, secretary.

All the officers were elected unanimously. Keefe has served as president for the past three years.

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The recent Maryland State Fair meet at Timonium proved successful on several fronts, including what is believed to be record pari-mutuel wagering and strong participation from Maryland-based horsemen.

In addition, trainers Kieron Magee and Claudio Gonzalez earned the largest prizes in the trainers’ bonus contest.

According to statistics provided by the Maryland State Fair, total handle for the seven-day session was $5,261,522, up 47.2% from $3,572,474 for the same number of days in 2016. On Aug. 27, the first Saturday of the meet, wagering on 10 races totaled $1,085,504, perhaps an all-time high for one day at Timonium.

There were three 10-race cards and four nine-race cards for a total of 66 races. Average wagering per race came in at $79,720. Average daily handle per day was $751,646, up from $510,353 last year.

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September 2017 Newsletter Available

newsletter2017 9The September 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.



Horses returned to a sealed main track the morning of Aug. 29, eight days after the renovation of the Laurel Park dirt surface began.

The surface was sealed before and after the break because of steady, light rain from a disturbance off the Atlantic Coast. The morning featured mostly light gallops.

“It sounds nice (when the horses gallop on it) and it feels better,” trainer Katy Voss said, “but you can’t necessarily tell off of a sealed surface. It certainly has more cushion on it than before—at least it feels like it does. It seems softer and kinder but that could be a combination of the weather and how they sealed it.

“It could be Thursday or Friday before we get a good handle on it.”

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said though the track was reopened, the work “isn’t over by any means.”

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DAY 8: Fine-Tuning of Laurel Surface The Final Step

The crew working on renovation of the main track at Laurel Park continued to fine-tune the surface Aug. 28 with the intention of having it ready for training on Tuesday morning.
The top material was replaced by Aug. 27. Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said the surface was measured and showed depths of 2 ½ inches along to the rail to 5 ½ inches at the crown, so the crew worked to even it out. Water was added to the surface to facilitate the process.

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