Stall applications due; update on 'work and go' horses at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club has issued a few notices for horsemen based at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

Stall applications for the fall and winter meets at Laurel Park are due Aug. 31. The MJC said if stall applications are not submitted, trainers will not be considered for stabling.

The MJC also said that effective immediately, all "work and go" horses must ship to the Receiving Barn at Pimlico. No vans will be permitted behind the grandstand.

2YO Lasix Study Procedures

A survey study of 2-year-olds that race in Maryland this year to determine the extent of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage began Aug. 7 at Laurel Park and will continue Friday, Aug. 21, when a pair of 2-year-old races are carded.

Private veterinarians who practice at Laurel are conducting the video endoscopies and will complete information forms for each horse that include the horse’s name, its EIPH score, any related comments, and whether the horse trains on Lasix. Horses are being scoped post-race when they return to the barns in which they are stabled.

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MJC further refines COVID-19 quarantine policy

The Maryland Jockey Club has further expanded its quarantine policy for riders and others as a result of cancellation of the remainder of this year’s Colonial Downs meet because of COVID-19 positives.

Jockeys who rode races at the Virginia track and all dormitory residents of Colonial Downs during this time are prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 and must produce a negative COVID-19 test obtained and resulted within 72 hours of that date to be granted access.

Furthermore, all other backstretch personnel including horsemen, veterinarians, blacksmiths and others who worked at Colonial Downs during its meet will be prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 as well.

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MJC extends quarantine policy for jockeys

The Maryland Jockey Club will continue its jockey quarantine policy through September pending further developments in ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states.

Jockeys currently riding out of state who come to Maryland racetracks must quarantine for 14 days from their return from another state and must produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained and resulted within 72 hours of riding in a race in Maryland.

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MD casinos post strong July numbers with limited capacity

Though they operated at only 50% capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions, Maryland’s six casinos in July generated $139.9 million in revenue, a drop of only 6.3% from the $149.3 million in revenue produced in July 2019, according to the latest statistics from Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

July was the first full month of casino operations since February of this year. The facilities were shuttered in mid-March and reopened in late June.

The Purse Dedication Account under Maryland’s casino law earns 6% of video lottery terminal revenue. The July 2020 figure was $5.32 million; the 80% share for Thoroughbred racing was $4.26 million.

For calendar year 2020, purses have earned $20.56 million from VLTs, $16.45 million for Thoroughbred racing.

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Details of Lasix-free survey study, procedures provided

A survey study of all 2-year-olds that race in Maryland this year to determine the extent of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage is set to begin Friday, Aug. 7, at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Equine Safety, Health and Welfare Advisory Committee, which falls under the Maryland Racing Commission, on July 31 approved the plan for post-race video endoscopies of all starters in all 2-year-old races. The first 2-year-old races of the year in the state have been carded as extras for the Friday, Aug. 7 program.

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