November 2020 Newsletter Available

newsletter2020 11The November 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.


Blind retiring as MJC stakes coordinator; Egan to fill position

Embracing a family tradition in Thoroughbred racing that dates back more than a century, and following his own distinguished career in various roles touching parts of six decades, Coleman E. "Coley" Blind is stepping down as stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club.

Blind, 72, is retiring from the position effective Nov. 1. Former trainer Jason Egan, who currently works in the MJC racing office as an entry clerk, will step into the role of stakes coordinator.

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Laurel Park will be open for training Oct. 26, closed Oct. 27-28

Training at Laurel Park will be available Monday, Oct. 26, as a project to repair the base of the main track in two locations has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Maryland Jockey Club Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said a changing weather forecast is the reason for the schedule change. The project, which will begin after training ends Oct. 26, iinvolves repairing spots located near the 5/8ths pole and the 11/16ths pole.

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MJC issues MD Million Day protocols for owners, trainers

The Maryland Jockey Club has issued its COVID-19 protocols and operational footprint for Maryland Million Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, at Laurel Park.

First post time for the 12-race program is 11:25 p.m. The card will feature eight stakes and four Maryland-restricted starter handicaps. The feature of the day is the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic.

The following information is geared toward owners, trainers and other racing participants:

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Sports betting referendum on Nov. 4 Maryland election ballot

The question of a commercial gaming expansion—specifically sports betting—is one of a number of measures on the ballot statewide for the Nov. 4 general election in Maryland.

Both the state Senate and House of Delegates worked on sports betting bills during the 2020 General Assembly session, and the Senate approved its version by a 47-0 vote. The House, however, did not move forward given some differences, and the result was a stripped-down measure that simply put sports betting on the ballot for a statewide referendum. The state’s share of revenue will be earmarked for education.

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association supports the ballot measure, as do other industry organizations that lobbied for sports betting.

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Purse Release Program will become automatic Nov. 1

Several years ago the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, in cooperation with the Maryland Jockey Club, instituted an Expedited Purse Release Program to allow for our owners to get purses earned on an expedited basis and before drug test results had been returned to the Maryland Racing Commission by the commission’s testing laboratory.

The program required that interested owners sign an agreement that obligated the owner to repay and affected purse money paid that became the subject of a positive drug test.

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