Hold Your Horses: After Trainer Objections, Maryland Holds Back Proposed Reforms

by | 11.21.2019 | 6:10pm

Less than a month after announcing the approval of a number of “house rules” and commission policies aimed at improving racehorse safety and welfare, the Maryland Racing Commission is walking things back. According to a report by The Racing Biz, the proposed measures — which included pushing back administration of several medications, veterinary record transfers, added veterinary scrutiny to horses pulling up, lame, or flagged — produced an outcry from many of the state's horsemen.

The Commission now expects the new rules, which had been expected to come into effect Dec. 1 or Jan. 1, will now be pushed back at least until Feb. 1.

Horsemen say the pushing back of drug administrations will do more harm than good, increasing the number of horses bleeding and easing in races.

In a number of social media posts, trainers also expressed concern about the safety of the track surface at Laurel Park.

Read more at The Racing Biz

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