Claiming Crown Preview, Maryland Million coming in October

Pimlico Race Course on Friday, Oct. 2, will host nine lucrative starter allowance events that will offer the winners guaranteed berths in the Claiming Crown, which will be held Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.

“Claiming Crown Preview” purses will total $400,000 and will range from $35,000 to $60,000. The Claiming Crown races are run under starter allowance conditions for horses that have started for a specific claiming price or less in 2019-20. The claiming prices are $8,000, $12,500, $16,000, $25,000 and $35,000.

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MD casino revenue remains strong after COVID-19 shutdown

In their second full month of operation at 50% capacity after having been shuttered because of COVID-19 restrictions, Maryland’s six casinos in August generated $149.54 million in gaming revenue, down only 3.1% from August 2019. Maryland Lottery and Gaming said it was the eighth-highest month for revenue since the casinos began operating.

Maryland’s racing industry receives revenue from gaming to support purses and racetrack improvements: 6% of video lottery terminal revenue at five casinos and 2.5% at the sixth goes toward purses, and 1% of VLT revenue at five casinos goes toward the Racetrack Facility Renewal Account.

In August, $5.48 million was paid to the Purse Dedication Account, with 80% ($4.38 million) for Thoroughbred racing. In July, Thoroughbred purses earned $4.26 million from VLTs.

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Stakes purses total almost $7M in final three months

Almost $7 million in stakes purses will be up for grabs in Maryland from Oct. 1 through Dec. 26 under the fourth-quarter schedule released by the Maryland Jockey Club.

The schedule includes $2.7 million in purses for Oct. 3, Preakness Stakes Day, when there will be 12 stakes including the $1 million, Grade I Preakness and $250,000, Grade II Black-eyed Susan Stakes. (The $100,000 purse for the President of the UAE Cup Arabian stakes does not come from the Maryland Purse Account.) The six-day Pimlico meet will be held Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3.

Three stakes worth a total of $400,000 are scheduled for Oct. 1, followed by the $400,000 “Claiming Crown Preview” and $250,000, Grade 3 Pimlico Special.

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Memorial service announced for trainer Jack Kousin

A viewing for trainer Jack Kousin, who passed away Aug. 25, will be held Sept. 4 from 3-6 p.m. at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street, in Herndon, Va.

A memorial service, followed by a Celebration of Life (and the Kentucky Derby), will be held Sept. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, in Ashburn, Va. The phone number is 703-723-5330.

The service will be outside—weather permitting—and the reception will have indoor/outdoor options according to COVID-19 restrictions in the state. Organizers of the memorial said, though not mandatory, they would like a general sense of how many people may attend so the club can plan properly.

Kousin, who won 207 races as a trainer, was away from the races for 22 years until 2018. On March 1, 2020, he saddled Fontaine to victory at Laurel Park for his first win since 1996 and had a few horses in training at the time of his death.

Among his top horses were Contrary Rose, who earned more than $335,000 and won multiple stakes at Maryland racetracks; Peace for Peace, a winner of more than $255,000; and S. S. Hot Sauce, who competed in the 1984 Preakness Stakes after a pair of stakes wins at Bowie Race Course.

September 2020 Newsletter Available

newsletter2020 9The September 2020 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.


MRC approves regulations, changes in MD-bred bonuses

The Maryland Racing Commission Aug. 27 took action on regulations regarding shock wave therapy, Lasix in graded stakes, and continuing education for trainers, and also approved a change in bonus payments under the Maryland Bred Race Fund.

Regarding shock wave therapy, new language will ban its use 10 days before a workout or breeze. The current regulation pertains only to use of shock wave therapy within 10 days of a race.

The MRC in July passed an emergency regulation—it took effect in August—that prohibits administration of Lasix in 2-year-olds 48 hours before a race. The new language will also prohibit administration of Lasix to horses in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2021.

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