Pension Deadline Less Than A Month Away

Virtual signups, the primary means to participate in the Maryland Backstretch Pension Plan, will remain available until June 1. Earlier this year, a $1-million contribution to the plan was approved by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors.

The online registration form in English and Spanish is available at the following link:

Backstretch workers and horsemen employed in the care of horses on the backstretch at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course or the Fair Hill Training Center, including trainers, are eligible to participate. However, the eligible employee must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours during 2021 and provide documentation to that effect (with a W-2 or 1099 form, or a tax return). Benefits become available when the employee reaches the age of 65, or at age 55 with 25 years of service. More about about the program including qualifications is available at:

As part of the signup process you must submit a W2, 1099 or tax return documenting the earnings you reported on the registration form. You will also need your Maryland Racing Commission badge. You may do this by emailing a PDF or a photo of the tax documents and badge to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; texting a photo of the tax documents and badge to (443) 805-1995; or dropping forms off at the MTHA Racetrack Office at Laurel.

If you need instruction on how to fill out the online form in English or Español on a computer or iPhone, call Diana Pinones at 410-902-6844, Tom LaMarra at (859) 492-8365 or Jessica Hammond at (301) 776-0404. The MTHA staff would prefer that if you visit the office for assistance, please do so in the morning in the Recreation Room office at Laurel rather than during live racing. You are welcome to schedule an appointment.


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