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Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety & Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, “Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse,” provides veterinary guidance on many issues challenging the racing industry and the care of the racehorse. Recommendations within the white paper are focused in four key areas: the racing business model, the veterinarian-owner-trainer relationship, medication, and the public perception of racing. Additionally, changes to the structure of claiming races and medication usage in horses intended for sale at public auction are addressed. “As an organization with the primary mission of protecting the health and welfare of the horse, the safety of the racehorse is one of our highest priorities,” said AAEP President Dr. Harry Werner. “This is a critical time for the racing industry, and we join the efforts of other groups who are determined to make improvements for the health of our equine athletes.” Key points in the white paper include: •    Continued identification and implementation of procedures and strategies that will significantly reduce the injury rate of horses. •    Standardization and enhancement of pre-race and post-race veterinary examinations with mandatory cross-jurisdictional sharing of information. Universal adoption in all racing jurisdictions of the Association of Racing Commissioners International model medication rules which state that no medication should be administered on race day except for...

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100 Years of Racing at Laurel Park

2011 Racing at Laurel Park debuted on October 2, 1911, making October 2011 the start of the Maryland Jockey Club’s celebration of this great milestone. Below you will find just a few fun facts about Laurel Park and the history that has unfolded there. When the park opened in 1911, it was part of the Laurel Four Corners Country Fair. The property was spread across Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s counties and ideally set in between Baltimore City and Washington, DC. In 1914, James Butler, a grocery magnate from New York, bought Laurel Park and placed Col. Matt Winn as the general manager. A match race between Kentucky Derby winner Omar Khayyam and Belmont Stakes winner Hourless took place in 1917 to determine which was the better three-year-old. Hourless won the match race by a length. Triple Crown winner War Admiral won two races at Laurel Park in October of 1937 during his Horse of the Year season. In addition, Triple Crown winners Sir Barton, Whirlaway, Secretariat and Affirmed all won races at Laurel during their Hall of Fame careers. Seabiscuit prepped at Laurel Park for his famous match race against War Admiral in 1938. On October 15, 1938, he finished second in the Laurel Stakes, which is a race he won in 1937. In 1950, the track changed ownership when Baltimore industrialist Morris Schapiro purchased the track....

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Building Racing’s Future

(first appeared in The Equiery July 2011) By Regina Welsh It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since Mason Lampton, George Strawbridge and George Sloan asked me to assist in starting an organization that would help amateurs learn to steeplechase race. Being the Executive Director of an organization was a reach from the Biochemistry Master’s degree I was working on at the time, but not so far of a reach from my commitment to the sport of steeplechasing as a trainer and fan. One thing led to another and this crazy “idea” of Lampton’s quickly turned into a full-fledged 501c3 nonprofit organization, which Lampton dubbed the North American Point-to-Point Association (NAPPA). The mission: to promote and perpetuate the sport of steeplechase racing, and foster its relationship with foxhunting. Joe Davies was one step ahead of NAPPA in his revitalization of the Maryland Junior Hunt Cup, which ran for its 11th consecutive year in 2011. Davies created the Field Master’s Chase where the “field” follows a “Field Master” at a solid hunting pace over a timber course suitable for the skill level of the entrants. Lampton heard about Davies’ idea and incorporated it into NAPPA. The Field Master’s Chase became the foundation from which many riders, young and old, have learned to race ride. It was after the first few years of NAPPA, that we realized the future of...

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America’s Top Thoroughbred

Maryland’s Connections at the 2015 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover & Symposium By Katherine O. Rizzo Let’s face it. Trainers like to show off their horses. Whether it is the fastest timber horse, the best-conditioned endurance horse, that dressage horse who scores a perfect 10 on its final halt or that foxhunter who stands perfectly quiet at every check. The horse becomes a trainer’s best form of self-promotion. And yet, at this year’s Retired Racehorse Program Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, well over 100 trainers from across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom, came together with 165 retired racehorses to promote one thing: the Thoroughbred as America’s top sport horse. RRP’s Maryland Roots The Retired Racehorse Training Project (now RRP) was formed in 2010 by Steuart Pittman, Jr. of Dodon Farm (Davidsonville) along with a small group of friends. One year earlier, the group had hosted a symposium on retraining the racehorse; it met with such success that the nonprofit was formed to help trainers and owners transition racehorses into second careers. In 2011, RRP held a Trainer Challenge at the Maryland and Pennsylvania Horse World Expos. Then in 2012, the concept was expanded into the 100-Day Thoroughbred Challenge with horses provided by four top Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred farms. The first official RRP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium was held at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore in 2013 with...

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Maryland Dominates U.S. Steeplechase Titles

In the Company of an Eclipse Winner  by Sarah L. Greenhalgh (first printed in the March 2012 Equiery) In one short season, Black Jack Blues gave his trainer J. W. Delozier III his first sanctioned win and his first Eclipse Award, and catapulted his owner Irv Naylor into the record books. No question, Black Jack Blues, the nine-year-old son of Definite Article, is one special horse with some very interesting connections. A virtual unknown last fall, Black Jack Blues only popped up on the radar when he won at the Virginia Fall Races on October 1. The little world traveler had only been in the country for less than 24 hours before that first win, having just been imported from Ireland. Not new to the business of steeplechasing, Delozier is a former jockey, and has first-hand experience, having raced on just about every course the National Steeplechase Association and Mid-Atlantic point-to-point circuits have available. Most recently, Delozier came out of retirement to try his luck in the $15,000 allowance race at the 2011 Grand National and was second on Joe Gillet Davies’ timber prospect Fort Henry for trainer Blythe Davies. He still has his eye on a possible Maryland Hunt Cup run in the future. Late in the summer of 2011, Delozier got the call to head up Naylor’s Stillwater Farm in Glyndon and the rest is glorious history....

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Steeplechase Racing

Brett Owings & Church Music (February 2017) The American Dream Fades: A Challenge from Across the Pond (March 2015) James Stierhoff & Twill Do (March 2015) Tom Voss – Lion of Maryland (March 2014) Justin Batoff & Prospectors Strike (March 2014) Tumultuous & the Spirit of Hurdy Gurdy (March 2013) Hurdy Gurdy – From Foxhunting to the Maryland Hunt Cup (March 2011) Buck Jakes – Tribute to a Legend (2012) Circuit Bar – Champion Steeplechase Horse By Mokhieba (2008) Good Night Shirt – Double Eclipse Winner (2008) Maryland Dominates US Steeplechase...

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