August 2020 Newsletter Available

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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.

 

2-year-old races posted as extras for Aug. 7 at Laurel

The Maryland Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee Aug. 2 said it has approved the Maryland Racing Commission's emergency regulation on use of race-day Lasix in 2-year-olds, a decision that will facilitate the carding of races for 2-year-olds at Laurel Park.

No 2-year-old races have been run in Maryland so far this year. There are no such races in the current Laurel condition book, which runs through Aug. 22, so the races will be listed as extras on overnights.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said there will be two late-breaking extras for Friday, Aug. 7: Lasix-free 2-year-old maiden special weights at five furlongs for 2-year-old colts and geldings and 2-year-old filles.

The MRC on July 16 approved—subject to adoption of an emergency rule—an agreement between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club for a Lasix-free pilot program through 2023. The pilot program was subject to the approval by the AELR Committee of the revised Lasix regulation, which states that no 2-year-old can be administered Lasix within 48 hours of a race; the remainder of the regulation will not be changed.

In a related matter, the MRC Equine Safety, Health and Welfare Advisory Committee July 31 authorized a veterinary survey study of all 2-year-olds that race in Maryland through Dec. 31 of this year. The objective, as directed by the MRC, is to track the incidence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing without Lasix.

Under the survey study, veterinarians will take video endoscopies of all starters in 2-year-old races through Dec. 31, 2020. The MRC emergency regulation was approved for the standard six-month period—July 31, 2020, through Jan. 26, 2021.

Committee gives OK to begin Lasix survey study for 2-year-olds

The Maryland Equine Safety, Health and Welfare Advisory Committee July 31 approved a motion authorizing a survey study of all 2-year-olds who race in the state this year to determine the extent of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

The committee, which falls under the Maryland Racing Commission, said the process of veterinarians taking video endoscopies will begin with the first 2-year-old races at Laurel Park. No 2-year-old races have been run this year—an agreement between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club on a no-Lasix "pilot program" ended the impasse that has forced 2-year-olds to race out of state for two months—but a ruling from the Maryland Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee on an emergency regulation allowing non-Lasix 2-year-old races was expected within days.

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New Safety Committee lays groundwork for Lasix study

A newly formed committee that falls under the Maryland Racing Commission met for the first time July 23 to lay the groundwork for a study that will examine the effects of Lasix-free racing for 2-year-olds this year.

The Equine Health, Safety and Welfare Advisory Committee was formed as part of the Racing and Community Development Act, which became law June 1, 2020. The committee is made up various industry stakeholders, including veterinarians.

“The need for this committee is paramount to a lot of issues we will face the next few years,” said MRC member Dr. Thomas Bowman, who chairs the committee. “We’ll look to develop a method of study to make recommendations based on data over a period of time.”

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Laurel condition book updated to include Thursday racing

The Maryland Jockey Club has updated the current condition book to include Thursday programs, which begin July 23 at Laurel Park.

The updated book is now available through Equibase at this link.

Racing will be held three days a week on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 22. The live racing schedule beyond that date has not yet been finalized.

MRC approves agreement between MTHA, The Stronach Group

The Maryland Racing Commission July 16 approved—subject to adoption of an emergency rule—an agreement between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club for a Lasix-free pilot program through 2023 that will facilitate Lasix-free races for 2-year-olds, Lasix-free graded stakes, a minimum number of racing days per week during any MJC meet and a substantial increase in committed funding for the Beyond The Wire aftercare program.

The pilot program, which resulted from weeks of discussion, is subject to approval of emergency language that will be added to the existing Lasix regulation. The new language will state that no 2-year-old can be administered Lasix within 48 hours of race; the remainder of the current regulation will not be changed.

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