Rodent Mitigation Program Underway at Laurel

Horsemen based at Laurel Park may notice an increase in the rat population, but that’s part of a current rodent mitigation project being handled by Innovative Pest Management of Beltsville, Md.

The company, which recently began the project, said it plans to dust active rat burrows with tracking powder along exterior areas of barns and use dry ice and newspaper in burrows inside or near stalls. It will also employ about 160 traps throughout the barn area. The initial placement of materials took about five days and will be followed by regular checkups once a week.

Maryland Jockey Club Director of Facilities Rick Allen said an increase in visible rats is because rather than using poison, the company is targeting their burrows.

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REMINDER: In Today Sign Use Mandatory

The Maryland Jockey Club is again reminding horsemen to use the red-and-white “In Today” signs on horses’ stalls as part of important race-day protocol at Laurel Park.

The signs, which are available at the MTHA office in the Laurel grandstand, are recommended as part of National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance best practices for security in the barn area. They are designed in part to assist regulatory veterinarians in identifying horses that are scheduled to receive Lasix on race day.

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November 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 11The November 2018 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.


Laurel track crew to address area near five-eighths pole

Training will be suspended at Laurel Park Oct. 30-31 so the track crew can examine and repair an area near the five-eighths-mile pole.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said there is a “dip” in that location on the dirt track, and that it has been addressed several times before. He said track superintendent Chris Bosley has taken a proactive approach and would like to repair it before cold weather sets in.

“It’s not bad but Chris noticed it, and I’d rather have him notice it and fix it before (there is an incident),” Sinatra said.

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Racing Community Loses Polinger

Helen Polinger, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who raced multiple graded-stakes winner and millionaire The Very One in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Sept. 12 in Maryland.

Polinger, whose farm in Montgomery County at one time stood several stallions, was a mainstay of the state’s breeding program for many years along with her late husband, Milton. She greatly reduced her operation after her husband’s death but in this decade has maintained a small racing operation in the state.

“She built her farm in the early 1960s and was very with involved with Thoroughbred breeding until the day she died,” said Stanley Herwitz, a close friend of Helen Polinger. “She was very hands-on with her breeding operation, and was a talented artist—she did portraits of her children.”

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2018 Maryland Million Day Parking Plan Set

The Maryland Jockey Club will adjust parking protocol to accommodate the first Clubhouse Festival, featuring multiple music acts, at Laurel Park on Oct. 20, Maryland Million Day.

The event, to be held adjacent the clubhouse turn, is a partnership between The Stronach Group and Club Glow, an electronic dance music promotion company headquartered in Washington, D.C. They also partner on the Moonrise Music Festival at Pimlico Race Course. According to a map, the event area of about 9 acres will be bordered by the one-mile chute, Laurel Park Racetrack Road off of Route 198, and the Racing Office. About 3 acres adjacent the one-mile chute will be used for event-related parking. The MJC is currently in the process of clearing the area and plans to put down asphalt. Download map.

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