Maryland Horse Industry

‘Rebounding’ Maryland Horse Industry Now Generating $1.1 Billion Per Year

The Maryland horse industry, which has struggled over the past decade, is now showing signs of strength and is beginning to grow. The Baltimore Sun reports that the results of a new study, conducted by the Sage Policy Group, indicate that the industry is now generating $1.1 billion per year, up 23 percent from 2010. Despite the increases, […]

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Slots Revenues Offers ‘Shot in the Arm’ to Maryland Horse Racing

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association credits casino revenues with a revitalization of the state’s horse industry, according to a story from CBS Baltimore. The organization says that the state’s breeding program has successfully offered incentives to horse owners and breeders to continue, and even expand, operations in Maryland. “It’s certainly a much-needed shot in the […]

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Retirement Celebration on Tap for Days End Farm Horse Rescue Founder

Kathleen Howe, who founded Days End Farm Horse Rescue in 1989, will be honored at a retirement and holiday celebration in Ellicott City, Md. on Dec. 14. Howe handed the operation over to Erin Ochoa in September. The facility rescued more than 1,800 horses since its opening and has expanded from the 10 acres at […]

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Larry Johnson interview about MTHA: ‘I’ve been rebuffed at every turn’

The That’s Amore Stable blog features Frank Vespe interviewing Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board member Larry Johnson who addresses the challenges he’s faced. Johnson has obtained enough signatures to call a special meeting of the membership of the MTHA. The meeting, to be held April 30, will look at a possible bylaw change that would […]

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Letter to the editor: Horse industry helps Maryland’s economy

According to Maryland breeder/owner Anne Hackney, the horse racing industry strengthens the economy. She feels that Maryland, however, does not provide enough incentives for members of the industry to stay in-state.

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Stronach halts closing of Laurel Park

Despite reports of closing Laurel Park after losing the slots ballot initiative to the Arundel Mills Mall, Frank Stronach says he will work with breeders and state officials to keep both Laurel and Pimlico operational. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> “I don’t believe in making rash decisions,” said Stronach. “I’d like to sit down with the […]

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The Quad Superfecta

Frank Stronach’s long talked about ‘Quad Superfecta’ bet, a $1 ticket that would allow bettors to pick the finish of four horses in each of four designated races on Saturday afternoons and pay a guaranteed $10 million to the winner, is being considered by the Maryland Racing Commission. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> “The man is […]

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BALTIMORE SUN: THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY THAT PENN NATIONAL GAMING IS ENTERING A JOINT VENTURE WITH MID…SHOULDN’T COME AS MUCH COMFORT

Is Penn National’s involvement bad for Maryland racing? That’s what the Baltimore Sun is insinuating today in their Second Opinion blog written by their editorial board. They claim, as many have who are against expanded gaming at racetracks, that Penn National is ‘now all about slots and table games, with horse racing a distinct […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: WHAT NEXT FOR MARYLAND?

By Ray Paulick If anyone can explain the confusing situation in Maryland regarding slot machine revenue to horsemen and the future ownership of the Maryland Jockey Club racetracks—Pimlico and Laurel Park, owned by Frank Stronach’s bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corporation—I figure it’s Richard J. Hoffberger. A longtime owner/breeder and operator of the equine specialist Hoffberger Insurance […]

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