Backstretch Appreciation Days

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring two Backstretch Appreciation Days on Sept. 13 at Laurel Park at 1 p.m. and Sept. 21 at Pimlico at noon.

All are welcome to spend some time after training hours socializing, listening to music and eating. Once again Bob’s Hideaway catering will provide pit beef, pulled pork, hot dogs, salads, soda and water, and desserts.

There are plans to offer free merchandise and have drawings for prizes and cash. Make plans to attend.

MTHA Express Expands Services To Horsemen

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, in a continued commitment to the backstretch community based at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, now has two vans available for transportation services.

The MTHA recently purchased another used van that, like the first one, can seat about 10 people. 

MTHA Recreation Director Dan Mangum (410-802-5798) provides weekly van service at Pimlico on Tuesday and either Wednesday or Thursday. He generally is at Laurel on Wednesday. Schedules for both tracks may change weekly depending on need at each facility including scheduled medical appointments or trips to supermarkets and other stores.

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Mobile Dentistry Unit Continues To Serve Horsemen

The Mobile Dentist, which began visiting Laurel Park last fall and had a weekly presence last winter beginning in January, has begun serving the backstretch community at Pimlico Race Course.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, nine people were treated in the mobile unit, which provides full-service dental care. Another 13 people have signed up for future visits.

Plans call for Mobile Dentist, based in Silver Spring, Md., to be on site at Pimlico once every two weeks, though the schedule is determined on weekly basis depending on demand and other clients that use the Mobile Dentist service. Visits are expected to continue through the fall.

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HISA Establishes Advisory Group

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Aug. 29 formally announced its intent to establish a Horsemen’s Advisory Group to provide feedback to its executive team and standing committees on the implementation and evolution of HISA’s regulations and protocols.

HISA is inviting all horsemen who wish to be considered for membership in the advisory group to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating their interest and qualifications by Friday, Sept. 9.

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September 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 9The September 2022 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.


Laurel Park training schedules to change to accommodate maintenance

The Maryland Jockey has announced changes to the training schedule at Laurel Park to accommodate a maintenance project on the main track that is expected to take one week.

The project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 23. The entire schedule is subject to the weather and may need to be adjusted accordingly.

MJC Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said the work involves a section of the homestretch that was repaired in the fall of 2021. An inspection that was part of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Racetrack Safety Program, which began July 1, determined that the area requires further review, he said.

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