Maryland Racing Commission

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

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, […]

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Maryland Commission Approves Slate Of New Rules On Starter Requirements, Transport, Medication

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 24 approved a number of “house rules” geared toward racehorse health and safety as well as accountability of participants, and also signed off on multiple proposed regulations related to the same issues. The rule changes and regulation proposals stemmed from an Oct. 10 meeting of the MRC Safety Committee and […]

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Maryland Legislator Seeks Investigation Into Racing Commission

A Maryland legislator from Baltimore sent a letter this week to the state attorney general requesting an investigation into the Maryland Racing Commission over subsidies given to the Stronach Group and potential conflict of interest issues with members of the commission. State Delegate Nick Mosby sent the inquiry, which comes after a pair of Baltimore […]

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New Direction: Goal To ‘Preserve And Enhance’ Preakness At Pimlico

The Stronach Group appears to have changed its mind about moving the Preakness away from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, according to Maryland Matters. The track is in need of significant renovations, and Stronach has spent the past several years devoting the majority of its resources to nearby Laurel Park, but Pimlico’s 144-year history may not […]

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Daniel Settling In To New Role As Equine Welfare And Medical Director In Maryland

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, who took over as state veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission in January 2017, has begun her duties as Equine Welfare and Medical Director for the MRC. A 2013 review of the MRC by the state Department of Legislative Services recommended creation of the position, which was endorsed by the MTHA […]

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Laurel Park Cancels Saturday Card; Mandatory Payouts Pushed To Sunday

Due to extreme winter weather conditions, Laurel Park will cancel live races through Saturday. Laurel will remain open for simulcasting wagering throughout the week. Laurel will also show a full card from Maronas in Latin America Saturday. Laurel is scheduled to run its first live meet of the new year Sunday with mandatory payouts of […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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Dale Capuano Held Blameless After Horse Tests Positive For Cocaine; Owners Appeal DQ

Trainer Dale Capuano has been held blameless because of what Laurel Park stewards called “mitigating circumstances” after Six Tonsafun, a horse in his care, tested positive for cocaine and its metabolites following a victory in the fourth race at the Maryland track on July 22. According to the ruling, dated Aug. 31, Maryland Racing Commission […]

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Laurel Park: Summer Meet Total Handle Up 25 Percent To $112 Million

For the third consecutive year and eighth consecutive meet, Laurel Park registered an increase in average daily handle during its recently-completed summer meet. Laurel’s average handle during its 33-day summer meet was $2.725 million, up 25.6 percent over last summer’s average of $2.170 million. Total handle on Laurel’s summer meet was $112 million, up from […]

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‘The Whole Process Was Just Not Easy’: Lengthy Delays Frustrate Those Involved In Maryland Dextrorphan Case

After nearly six months of appeals and retests, the Maryland Racing Commission ruled on Aug. 3 that trainer Mary Eppler was responsible for the presence of the prohibited drug, dextrorphan, in the system of the horse Story Spinner, which won at Laurel Park Feb. 10. Story Spinner then tested positive for the prohibited substance, which resulted in […]

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