Match Series Continues In Pennsylvania

The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) Series will resume with the second of five legs held over two days in June in Pennsylvania.
 
Parx Racing on Tuesday, June 14, will host the $100,000 Bensalem Stakes (3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Turf division) and $100,000 Neshaminy Stakes (Filly and Mare Long—Turf division). The evening of Friday, June 17, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will offer the $100,000 Chocolatetown Stakes (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt division) and $100,000 Susquehanna Valley Stakes (Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt division).

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Reminder On License Renewal Deadline

Backstretch and racetrack employees along with all other licensees outside of owners, trainers and jockeys are reminded they must renew their Maryland Racing Commission badges by June 30.

The MRC Licensing Office in the Racing Office complex at Laurel Park will be open Thursdays for limited hours from 9 a.m.-noon and regular hours live racing days, which are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

You must complete the licensing form, which is available in the Licensing Office and also on the MRC website for those who wish to complete it in advance to speed up the process. New stickers will only be affixed to a badge in the Licensing Office. Owners, trainers and jockeys must renew current licenses by Dec. 31, 2022.

June 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 6The June 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.

 

Purses, Claiming Prices For Select Races To Increase July 1

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors has approved an increase in claiming prices and changes in race conditions in some categories along with a blended purse increase for overnight races that will begin July 1 and extend at least through the end of 2022.

The changes were developed in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club. The purse hike will average 10% to 11%, with a bottom purse of $17,000 for a $5,000 condition claimer and the highest purse at $70,000 for an open allowance race.

The increase in claiming prices stemmed from discussions on providing a higher return on investment for Thoroughbred owners who race in Maryland by elevating the value of racehorses, and combating the inflation of expenses and auction prices in the current environment. The purse increase, in many categories, reflects the changes in claiming prices.

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THA to Host Webinar on HISA Registration: Wednesday, June 1 at 11 a.m.

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will host an online webinar on “HISA Registration for Racehorse Owners and Trainers” on Wednesday, June 1, from 11-11:30 a.m. ET. Under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which goes into effect on July 1, 2022, you must register as a "Covered Person" if you are licensed by a State Racing Commission, unless you have no contact with the horses and no access to the restricted areas of a racetrack. Registration is required of all owners, trainers and backstretch workers, as well as any licensee who has access to the barn area. Trainers must also register all of the horses in their care.

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Preakness 147 Veterinarian/Trainer Guide Now Available

The Maryland Jockey Club and owner 1/ST Racing have released a trainers’ guide for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Preakness Stakes programs at Pimlico Race Course May 20-21.

The guide covers stabling and training, including specifics for horses entered graded and non-graded stakes; and medication and veterinary treatments that are permitted or not permitted. All stakes horses will be located in designated barns in the Hayward Avenue barn area, which includes the stakes barn.

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