Nearly 500 meals served to Maryland’s backstretch community on Thanksgiving Day

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association continued the 20+ year tradition of hosting an all-day Thanksgiving celebration on the backstretch of Pimlico and Laurel Park to feed hundreds of horsemen, many of which who wouldn't have a warm meal otherwise. Nearly 100 meals were served at Pimlico while Laurel Park served 465.


The meals—turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings—were available all day in the track kitchen at Laurel Park and in the Snack Room above Barn 8 at Pimlico.

Prepared by track kitchen restaurateur Miguel Paz and family, the meals were served by the MTHA staff.  Similar celebrations are held on Christmas and Easter mornings.

“The Thanksgiving dinner tradition is one of our favorite events throughout the year,” commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. “Thanksgiving is about family and the backstretch community is our family." 

Thanksgiving, as usual, featured live racing at Laurel Park which saw markedly improved revenue gains from previous year.

Total all-source handle topped $2.5-million for the 10 race card, up from $1.2-million in 2014.

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