August 2022 Newsletter Available

newsletter2022 6The August 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.

 

Post Time Changed Based On Heat Measurement System

The Maryland Jockey Club has changed first post time to 1:50 p.m. from 12:40 p.m. for the Saturday, July 23, program at Laurel Park based on a measurement it uses to monitor extreme heat.
 
The forecast in the area for Sunday, July 24, led the MJC to announce July 21 that the program has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, July 28.
 
MJC Acting President Mike Rogers explained the company uses a protocol called the WetBulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) measurement, which takes into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover to determine potential heat stress. It is different than the heat index, which takes into consideration temperature and humidity including for shady areas.

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Due to extreme heat, July 24 program rescheduled

Due to the forecast for extreme heat in the region, Laurel Park will not race as scheduled Sunday, July 24. Forecasts are calling for a heat index of at least 105.

Laurel will race Thursday, July 29, as a makeup day. The races in the condition book for July 24 will be used for the July 29 program.

Entries for July 29 will be taken Saturday, July 23. 

Maryland Horsemen urged to use new Injury Reporting Form

In response to suggestions made during a recent meeting on racing surfaces, stakeholders have retooled an online Injury Reporting Form designed to provide the Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Jockey Club with real-time data with the goal of rapidly responding to track issues when they crop up.

Attending veterinarians and trainers are being asked to submit the online form for horses that are injured during training and racing at Laurel, Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland State Fair at Timonium. Similar to information compiled in 2020 on bleeding after race-day Lasix was banned for 2-year-olds racing in Maryland, the data will be strictly confidential and monitored by the MRC.

The Injury Reporting Form is available at http://mdhorsemen.com/report

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MTHA Now Providing Custom Towels For Stakes

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will be providing custom saddle towels for stakes—other than those on Preakness weekend—in Maryland beginning July 2 at Laurel Park.

The MTHA Board of Directors at a meeting in May discussed the idea as part of an ongoing effort to improve the racing experience for owners.

Organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) this year began putting each horse’s name and the MATCH logo on the saddle towels for all series stakes.

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Joint Response to Draft Anti-Doping and Medication Control Protocol and Related Proposed Regulations

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on July 1 sent a joint response to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority regarding the first draft of rules that will govern the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2023.
 
The organizations noted the letter is only the first response, and that they expect to offer further comment on the rules as the approval process under the Federal Trade Commission progresses. The HISA law mandates public comment periods for all proposed rules. A THA committee was active in making suggestions for changes or improvements to the rules that govern the HISA Racetrack Safety Program, which took effect July 1.

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