MJC Outlines Environmental Procedures, Sanctions

The Maryland Jockey Club, citing scrutiny from the Maryland Department of the Environment, is requiring horsemen to follow specific procedures or risk fines and potential removal of horses from the grounds.

Major Mike Singletary, MJC Vice President of Security, outlined what he called “common-sense remedies” that can help the MJC avoid severe sanctions from the MDE. He said “all trainers and their employees must do their part to help the situation.” Effective immediately, the MJC is requiring everyone to follow these guidelines:

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Free seminar on “Training for Injury Prevention” Nov. 6

Beyond The Wire will offer a free seminar, “Training for Injury Prevention,” for licensed Maryland trainers, assistant trainers, and owners on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Laurel Park.

Dr. Sue Stover, a professor and director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, will cover how injuries develop, why catastrophic injuries occur, and factors that can be managed to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, Dr. Amy Burk from the University of Maryland will speak briefly on nutrition and ulcers in horses.

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October 2018 Newsletter Available

newsletter2018 8The October 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.


National Harbor OTB facility approved by Maryland Racing Commission

Maryland’s off-track betting network will expand Sept. 12 when wagering on horse races is offered at the MGM National Harbor Casino just south of Washington, D.C.

The Maryland Racing Commission approved an application for the facility after a hearing the evening of Sept. 11 at Rosecroft Raceway, which is located about four miles from the casino. Work on the betting area—on the second floor as part of an expansion—has been ongoing for months.

After taking comments from members of the local community, the MRC went into executive session to deliberate. The approval for operation of the OTB parlor is through Dec. 31, 2018, though that could be extended through September of 2019 should the Maryland Jockey Club reach agreement on a new contract with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association. The current one expires at the end of this year.

Operators of OTB facilities must get MRC approval each year.

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Groom Elite 101 Program Approaching Quickly

There is still time to sign up for the Groom Elite 101 program that will begin Sept. 17 and run through Oct. 11 at Laurel Park.

As of late August, almost 20 people had signed up, and the limit for the class is 24. However, given the chance of defections, those interested in the program are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

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Two New OTB Facilities Set for Public Hearings

Plans and schedules have firmed up for two additional off-track betting facilities in Maryland that combined are projected to generate more than $1 million a year for the Thoroughbred purse account.

The Maryland Racing Commission Sept. 11 will hold a hearing regarding an OTB facility at MGM National Harbor Casino that has been in the works for months. Another hearing will be held Sept. 20 on plans to put a betting parlor in a hotel just off Interstate 270 in Frederick.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra said the National Harbor OTB outlet could open as soon as Sept. 12. The casino is located about three miles from Rosecroft Raceway, the MJC-owned harness track that also serves as a year-round simulcast facility.

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