Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Maryland Horsemen Elect Seven New Directors

Following a record number of ballots returned, members of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have elected seven new directors as well as eight incumbents from a slate of 29 hopefuls in the recently concluded Board of Directors election. Ballots were mailed nationwide to 2,169 currently licensed owners and trainers in early July from Election Trust, […]

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Maryland industry groups reach 10-year agreement

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) today announced that they have come to a 10-year agreement for sustained racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park. “I am confident and pleased via this agreement,” said Stronach Group chairman Frank Stronach, who owns Pimlico […]

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Vespe: Maryland horsemen repeal decision to review bylaws

In May, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association voted to created a committee that would review the organization’s bylaws, most of which had not received an update for many years. But this week, Frank Vespe – at his That’s Amore Stable blog – says the group has reversed that decision, voting to put off any bylaw […]

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Vespe: Changes come to the MTHA

After days of meetings and an executive session that lasted more than two hours, the board of directors of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association announced a series of steps that will allow the group to enter the July session with a united front, writes Frank Vespe at his That’s Amore’ Stable blog. One of the […]

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Vespe: MTHA board decision leads to anger, frustration

On Monday, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board of directors invalidated a vote by the membership of the group to change the bylaws. The change would focus on allowing members to vote on the president and vice-president of the board, rather than allowing the directors appoint people to those positions. As a result of the […]

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MTHA Board invalidates results of vote to change bylaws

The Board of Directors of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association voted on May 7 to invalidate the results of a vote on April 30 that involved all of the members of the MTHA, writes Frank Vespe at his That’s Amore Stable blog. The full membership had voted to make changes to the bylaws that would […]

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Frank Vespe on the MTHA: ‘Time to move beyond old ways of thinking’

In his blog, That’s Amore Stable owner Frank Vespe gives his opinion of the current state of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and of the changes proposed by Larry Johnson.  Vespe recently spoke with Johnson, an MTHA board member who proposed changing the way the president and vice-president are appointed. The reaction from the MTHA […]

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Larry Johnson interview about MTHA, part two: Challenges and changes

Frank Vespe, owner of That’s Amore Stable, posted on his blog the second and final installment of his interview with Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association board member R. Larry Johnson. Johnson has proposed changes to the bylaws of the MTHA that will be discussed at a meeting on April 30 at 11 a.m. Vespe asks Johnson […]

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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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Maryland, Whose Maryland?

That’s the question a number of people are asking as a lingering dispute over jockeys insurance, racing dates, simulcasting, the relationship between horsemen and track management, and governance of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association itself has bubbled over into a war of words between one faction supporting recently elected MTHA board member and Thoroughbred owner/breeder […]

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