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					                                                                                                                                                       MTHA’s Board of Directors 2008 to 2011
                                                        The Horsemen’s                                                                                      John V. Alecci—Serves
                                                                                                                                                            on MTHA’s Negotiating
                                                                                                                                                            Committee. . . Began
                                                                                                                                                                                             Photographs courtesy of Jim McCue
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Linda S. Gaudet—
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Owns, breeds and trains
                                                                                                                                                                                                              horses with husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Timothy L. Keefe—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             First elected to MTHA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Board in 2005, a dozen

                                                          Newsletter                                                                                        training his own horses
                                                                                                                                                            15 years ago, 13 years af-
                                                                                                                                                            ter becoming an owner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bowie-based condition-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              er Edmond D. “Eddie”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gaudet. . . Serves on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             years after becoming a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             trainer. . . Has 30 horses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at Laurel Park for 12
                                                                                                                                                            . . Owns and manages a                            Maryland Racing Com-                           owners. . . Trainers Jack
                                                                                                                                             John Alecci construction firm, E & A         Linda Gaudet mission’s             Medication       Tim Keefe     Mobberley, Ron Cart-
                                                                                                                                                            Contractors, in Balti-                           Committee. . . Board         wright and Jimmy Murphy were his
                                                     August 2008                                     Volume 18 • Number 8                 more. . . Certified public accountant.         member of Maryland Horsemen’s Assis-             mentors. . . One of first backstretch
                                                                                                                                          Howard M. Bender—                              tance Fund, Inc.                                 scholarship recipients (in 1987), earned
                                                                                                                                          Longtime Chairman of                           H. Neil Glasser—One                              degree in business from University of
MTHA completes                                       MTHA responds to criticism                                                           MTHA’s Finance Com-
                                                                                                                                          mittee. . . Has owned
                                                                                                                                                                                         of Maryland’s longest-ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tive owners, first voted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maryland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Richard J. Meyer—
    Board of                                          regarding Pimlico closing                                                           and bred numerous
                                                                                                                                          stakes winners with
                                                                                                                                                                                         to MTHA board in 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                         . . . Retired four years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MTHA’s Vice President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          since 2002. . . Chairman
Directors election                                     hen the Maryland Jockey Club        tribution this year, because our Purse Ac-
                                                                                                                                          wife, Sondra. . . Recipi-                      ago from career as part-                         of MTHA’s Health and


T   he MTHA’s Board of Directors elec-
    tion was completed, as scheduled,
on August 11.
                                           W           (MJC) announced its decision
                                                       to close the Pimlico stable area
                                           as of August 31, many Pimlico horsemen
                                                                                           count can’t afford it. For that same rea-
                                                                                           son, all of our open stakes have been
                                                                                           eliminated from the fall calendar.
                                                                                                                                          ent of MTHA’s outstand- Howard Bender
                                                                                                                                          ing owner award. . .
                                                                                                                                          Maintains about 20 horses at Laurel Park
                                                                                                                                          with trainer Larry Murray. . . Chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                         ner in Chateau Builders.
                                                                                                                                                                                         . . Bought first horse in Neil Glasser
                                                                                                                                                                                         1971, and has been
                                                                                                                                                                                         client of Maryland trainer Dale Capuano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Welfare Committee. . .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has assisted and orga-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nized many programs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          improve quality of life Rich Meyer
   Fifteen members—seven owners,           were understandably distraught.                     MJC’s parent company, Magna Enter-         of the board of family-owned Blake Con-        for about 18 years.                              on backstretch. . . Presi-
seven trainers and one at-large mem-          The MTHA does not, in any way,               tainment Corp., is facing grave financial      struction Co., Inc., in Washington, D.C.                            Christopher W. Grove        dent of Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance
ber—gained election to three-year          downplay the severity of the situation          problems of its own. Keeping three sepa-                         Dale Capuano—Chair-                               —Won election to the        Fund, Inc.. . . Member of Maryland State
terms. Brief profiles of the board mem-    that some Pimlico horsemen are facing.          rate training facilities open has been a                         man of MTHA’s Negoti-                             MTHA board in his first     Fair Board. . . Has several horses at Lau-
bers appear on the next page.                 However, it is unfortunate—and com-          stretch for the MJC, and now it has come                         ating Committee. . . Led                          time as candidate. . .      rel with trainer Tim Keefe.
   The MTHA thanks all of those mem-       pletely unfair—that the MTHA has be-            to a breaking point in regard to Pimlico.                        Maryland’s       training                         Honored last year by                           Lawrence E. Murray—
bers who participated in the election,     come a lightning rod for horsemen’s                 MTHA leaders are surprised that so                           ranks in eight of the last                        MTHA as outstanding                            Private trainer for Son-
and welcomes new board member              protests regarding the Pimlico closing.         many Pimlico horsemen apparently have                            17 years and has to his                           Maryland trainer. . . Has                      dra and Howard Bender.
Christopher W. Grove.                         It is largely through the efforts of the     been unaware of this organization’s long-                        credit 30 meet titles. . .     Chris Grove made his mark over the                                . . Has developed nu-
                                           MTHA that the Pimlico stable area has re-       standing commitment to their welfare.           Dale Capuano Trains current top turf                               last several seasons with                      merous stakes-winning
                                                                                                                                                            sprinter Heros Reward        a number of good runners, including                                 homebreds for the Ben-
    Scholarship                            mained open year-round, with facilities
                                           for training, until now.
                                                                                               Magna made the decision to close Pim-
                                                                                           lico; the MTHA did not agree to let it hap-    (an ex-claimer on his way to the Breed-
                                                                                                                                          ers’ Cup ). . . Has total of 80 horses at
                                                                                                                                                                                         millionaire Silmaril. . . Trains 50 horses
                                                                                                                                                                                         at Bowie for 15 owners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ders, as overall manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Larry Murray of their Glade Valley
                                              For many years, the MTHA has ap-
  deadline: Sept. 5                        proved expense contributions to the
                                           MJC totalling millions of dollars. In ex-
                                                                                           pen, but could do nothing to avert it.
                                                                                           However, MTHA representatives have             Laurel Park and Bowie for 15 owners.
                                                                                                                                          Phillip L. Capuano—
                                                                                                                                                                                         Arnold A. Heft—Long-
                                                                                                                                                                                         time       Chairman          of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Farms in Frederick, Md. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          . .Began career with Phipps racing stable
     eminder: The application deadline                                                     negotiated on behalf of Pimlico horse-
R    for this year’s Maryland Thorough-
bred Scholarship Fund is September 5.
                                           change for the allocations, the MTHA re-
                                           quired that Pimlico remain open for sta-
                                                                                           men to ensure that those who support
                                                                                           the Maryland racing program receive pri-
                                                                                                                                          Active in formation of
                                                                                                                                          MTHA and has served on
                                                                                                                                                                                         MTHA’s            Legislative
                                                                                                                                                                                         Committee. . . He and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and John Russell in New York in late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1960s and early ’70s .
                                           bling and training.                             ority when seeking appropriate stall as-       board since its incep-                         his wife, Sylvia, have                           John J. Robb—Charter
   Backstretch and farm workers en-                                                                                                       tion. . . Has never missed                     been honored by MTHA                             member         of    MTHA
rolled in college or graduate school are      There is only a minimal expense con-         signments at Laurel and Bowie.
                                                                                                                                          a      board      meeting                      as outstanding Maryland                          board. . . Member of Ne-
eligible to apply.                                                                                                                        . . . Owner/breeder                            owner. . . Maintains ac- Arnold Heft             gotiating Committee,
   Applications may be downloaded
from the MTHA Web site at www.md                 Fall stakes program dismantled                                                           since 1962, father of Phil Capuano
                                                                                                                                          Maryland trainers Dale
                                                                                                                                                                                         tive stable with Tim
                                                                                                                                                                                         Keefe at Laurel. . . Longtime referee for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          former longtime Chair-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          man of Purse and Con-
horsemen.com. For more information              ecause of a shortage of funds in the
call Vinnie Perrone at (301) 890-8776.     B    Purse Account, the Maryland Jockey
                                           Club and MTHA have agreed to eliminate
                                                                                           through December 27 on a four-day a
                                                                                           week schedule (Wednesday through Sat-
                                                                                           urday, except for Columbus Day).
                                                                                                                                          Capuano and Gary Capuano. . . Chair-
                                                                                                                                          man of the MTHA’s Backstretch Commit-
                                                                                                                                                                                         National Basketball Association, played
                                                                                                                                                                                         professional baseball for several minor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tract Committee. . . Has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ranked among Mary- John Robb
                                                                                                                                          tee at Bowie, a post he’s filled for many      league teams, including Orioles. . . In          land’s leading trainers
                                           all open stakes from the fall schedule.                                                        years. . . MTHA has honored him for out-       Washington Metropolitan Area Basket-             for more than 20 years. . . Among first to
    For Maryland,                              The Frank J. De Francis Memorial
                                           Dash, one of Maryland’s three Grade 1              Kozak will be missed                        standing service to Maryland horsemen.
                                                                                                                                                            William T. Fitzgib-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ball Hall of Fame and Greater Washing-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ton, D.C., Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          receive MTHA’s outstanding trainer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          award. . . Has 25 horses at Laurel Park.
    For Our Future                         races, will not be run in 2008. Also on
                                           hiatus are the venerable Laurel Futurity        M     aryland horsemen will say a reluc-
                                                                                                 tant good bye to Glen Kozak, who
                                                                                                                                                            bons, Sr.—Has served
                                                                                                                                                            as chairman of MTHA’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Richard J. Hoffber-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ger—Has served as Pres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Katharine M. Voss—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Had major role in the
   or Maryland, For Our Future—the
F  ballot committee that is spearhead-
ing efforts to secure passage of the No-
                                           and Selima Stakes and Grade 3 Safely
                                           Kept Stakes.
                                               “It’s a drastic step, but absolutely nec-
                                                                                           has served as superintendent of facilities
                                                                                           for the Maryland Jockey Club since 2005.
                                                                                              Mr. Kozak will leave at the end of Au-
                                                                                                                                                            Backstretch Committee
                                                                                                                                                            at Pimlico for many
                                                                                                                                                            years, and has been hon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ident of MTHA since its
                                                                                                                                                                                                              founding in 1987. . .
                                                                                                                                                                                                              President of The Hoff-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             founding of MTHA and is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             longtime board member,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             as well as member of Ne-
vember slots referendum—posts news         essary in order to preserve our over-           gust for a similar post at the New York                          ored by the MTHA for                              berger Insurance Group                         gotiating Committee. . .
and information on its Web site at         night program,” said MTHA President             Racing Association.                            Bill Fitzgibbons outstanding service to                             . . . Grew up within the                       With Bob Manfuso, owns
www.formaryland.org.                       Richard Hoffberger. “Hopefully, the ref-           “Glen did an excellent job; he was re-                        Maryland horsemen. . .           Richard          Maryland horse industry         Katy Voss      and operates Chanceland
   Horsemen are urged to visit this        erendum will pass and things will begin         sponsive and understanding, and the            Owner/ breeder for more than 25 years             Hoffberger and has been involved in                             Farm, a large training and
Web site and download its Fact Sheet.      to turn around next year.”                      new turf course and dirt track at Laurel       . . . Owned and operated a roofing busi-       it all his life. . .Currently owns about 12      breeding facility in West Friendship, Md.
Then tell everyone you know exactly            The 17-week fall meeting will be con-       are mostly a tribute to his expertise,” said   ness, Fitzgibbons Enterprises, Inc., for       horses, including several in training with       . . . Has trained in Maryland for nearly 40
why it’s vital to vote FOR slots.          ducted at Laurel from September 4               MTHA President Richard Hoffberger.             more than 50 years.                            Tim Keefe at Laurel Park.                        years.
Thoughts and comment, from page 4                                                                                                                                                       Timonium enters                                                          MRMA Crab Feast set
about a year ago in Vegas has become
the highest-grossing restaurant in the
                                             unite behind this effort.
                                                One of my favorite figures in history
                                                                                                              erendum passes. It is every man and
                                                                                                              woman on deck to win this fight.
                                                                                                                                                                                       127th year of racing                                                       Sept. 26 at Laurel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA)’s
                                                                                                                                                                                imonium opens in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair on Au-
U.S.
   To be seated at a small cocktail table
                                             is Winston Churchill, the British Prime
                                             Minister who rallied his nation to fight
                                                                                                                 One of the best ways to help is sim-
                                                                                                              ply to tell everyone you know how im-                         T   gust 22 for a meet spanning 11 days and including seven live racing
                                                                                                                                                                            cards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         annual Crab Feast will take place on Friday, Septem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ber 26 in the Carriage Room at Laurel.
in the nightclub you have to buy a bottle    off the Germans in World War II.                                 portant it is to vote FOR slots.                                                                                                              As usual, the menu includes all-you-can-eat crabs,
of liquor—and the prices start at $400 a        Churchill didn’t spend a lot of time                             For Maryland, For Our Future, the                             Live racing will be conducted on August 22, 23 and 24 (Friday, Sat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         plus a buffet featuring chicken and side dishes and an
bottle. On big weekends it costs $5,000      trying to figure out how they got in that                        ballot committee that is leading the lob-                     urday and Sunday) and August 29, 30, 31 and Sept. 1 (Labor Day week-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks.
for a table next to the dance floor.         situation; the United Kingdom just took                          bying effort, posts current information                       end, Friday through Monday).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MRMA scholarship winners will receive their
   Amazingly, the restaurant is sold out     on the Luftwaffe.                                                at www.formaryland.org.                                          There will be simulcasting on 10 of the 11 days from August 22 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         checks at this event.
every night, with long lines of people          It was their “finest hour” and so too                            Let’s get out the word, because No-                        September 1. The track will be dark for simulcasting on Tuesday, Au-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MRMA’s annual awards will go to:
waiting to get in.                           can this point in time be ours.                                  vember 4 is getting closer by the day.                        gust 26.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • William J. Passmore, Humphrey S. Finney Award
   The point is, we are in the entertain-       Please don’t count on the “other                                        /John B. Franzone, Chairman                            “There are not a lot of changes from last year,” said Andy Cashman,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for lifetime contributions to Maryland racing.
ment business and slots will provide us      guy” or “fat cats” to ensure that the ref-                                Maryland Racing Commission                           assistant general manager of the Maryland State Fair. “The track is in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Robert L. Cole, Jr., outstanding achievement.
with an opportunity to integrate our                                                                                                                                        good shape and we’re ready to roll.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tickets are $60 each, or $550 for a table of 10.
form of entertainment—Thoroughbred                                                                                                                                             Maryland’s last remaining half-mile track, Timonium is in its 127th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To order tickets call David Richardson at (410) 239-
                                                                                                                                                                            season of racing.
racing—into a total package that will
only further grow our core business.
                                                                                                          Backstretch                                                                                                                                    7022 or e-mail drichardson@darkhollowfarm.com.

   Would anyone mind if we have an
arena for high-class nightclub acts at                                                                  Appreciation Day:                                                                                       MTHA
Laurel, and it generates another $10 mil-                                                                                                                                                             6314 Windsor Mill Road
lion a year for purses?
   But there is a catch. None of this can
                                                                                                        Sept. 28 at Laurel                                                                           Baltimore, Maryland 21207
happen without widespread support for                                          The MTHA will sponsor a Backstretch Apprecia-
the referendum.                                                             tion Day cookout at Laurel Park on Sunday, Septem-                                                                      August 2008
   We must rally behind lobbying efforts                                    ber 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in the
for the referendum.                                                         area next to the white house, near the racing office
   Wishing, by itself, won’t get us any-                                    and paddock.
where. We must suspend all of our dif-          All backstretch employees are invited to participate—compliments of the
ferences, avoid our usual infighting and      MTHA. The menu will include pit beef and ham. There will be door prizes and DJ
                                              music by Absolute Sound. Soda will be served.
                                                For more information call Dan Mangum at (410) 802-5798.
       IN MEMORIAM
     Norman G. “Bucky” Coe, Jr., a long-      Recreation report
  time owner and former trainer, died July
  26 at the age of 66. Mr. Coe was the un-           From Dan Mangum,                                         Donations
  cle of current trainer Pasquale (P.J.)      MTHA Recreation Director. For more
  Pane.                                        information call (410) 802-5798.                                  The following generous people re-
     Dr. Joseph LiPira, 85, an avid racing                                                                    cently donated clothing, reading materi-
  fan and former owner, died on July 30.     Bowling                                                          al or other items for distribution on the
                                                The MTHA will sponsor a bowling                               backstretch: Linda Audrisani, Gene
                                             tournament on Monday, September 15
                                             beginning at 11 a.m. at the Laurel Fair-                         Gilhooly, Ruth Katzenellenbogen, Rus-
  The Horsemen’s
    Newsletter
                                             lanes. Call Dan at (410) 802-5798 or sign
                                             up in the track kitchens.
                                                                                                              sell C. Schalk, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Frank
                                                                                                              P. Wright.                                                    Thoughts and comment                                                                           MTHA Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richard J. Hoffberger
                                                                                                                                                                                 acing in Maryland has descended to      nally have the ability to tie racing in to a
       Published monthly by the
 Maryland Thoroughbred
                                             Horsemen’s calendar                                                                                                            R    an all-time low. We have just learned
                                                                                                                                                                            of the closing of the Pimlico stable area,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         major entertainment venue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A recent discussion with MGM’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Richard J. Meyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vice President
       Horsemen’s                            RACING                                                           Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company                                 had almost all of our stakes program         chairman and CEO Terry Lanni under-                          John V. Alecci
                                                                                                              Fall Mixed,                                                   wiped out for the balance of the year,       scored my faith in our future. When Mr.
    Association, Inc.                        Timonium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22-Sept. 1         Ocala, Fla. (352) 237-2154. . . . . . . . Oct. 6-10           and seen an overall cutback in racing        Lanni started in the Las Vegas casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Howard M. Bender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dale Capuano
       6314 Windsor Mill Road,               Laurel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept.4-Dec. 27
                                                                                                              New York Breeders’ Sales Company                              dates this year.                             business in the early 1970s, approxi-                     Phillip L. Capuano
                                                                                                              Fall Mixed, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
        Baltimore, Md. 21207;                                                                                 (518) 587-1555. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 12       But this dark cloud hovering over us     mately 90 percent of casino revenue                   William T. Fitzgibbons, Sr.
            (410) 265-6842;                  FASIG-TIPTON MIDLANTIC AUCTIONS                                                                                                does indeed contain a silver lining. That    came from gaming. Currently at the Bel-                     Linda S. Gaudet
                                                                                                              Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall
          fax (410) 265-6841;                AT TIMONIUM                                                      Yearlings,                                                    is the slots referendum to take place on     lagio, MGM’s flagship Vegas hotel and                       H. Neil Glasser
                                             (410) 392-5555                                                   Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555. . . . Oct. 20-22               November 4. When the referendum              casino, only 35 percent of the revenue
   e-mail: mdhorsemen@erols.com              Eastern Fall Yearlings. . . . . Sept. 29-Oct. 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christopher W. Grove
                                                                                                              Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Selected                                passes—notice I did not say “if”—and         comes from gaming. The balance is gen-                       Arnold A. Heft
  Web site: www.mdhorsemen.com               December Mixed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 7, 8            Fall Mixed,                                                   new gaming facilities are up and run-        erated by room rentals, food and retail                    Timothy L. Keefe
     The Horsemen’s Newsletter               (Entries close Sept. 21)                                         Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555 . . . . . . . Nov. 2
                                                                                                                                                                            ning, we will have one of the best racing
reports on issues and events of interest                                                                      Keeneland November Breeding Stock,                                                                         sales and shows.                                        Lawrence E. Murray
  to owners and trainers in Maryland.        OUT-OF-STATE AUCTIONS                                            Lexington, Ky. (800) 456-3412. . . . Nov. 2-15                programs in the country.                        A nightclub/restaurant that opened                         John J. Robb
                                             Keeneland September Yearlings,                                   Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Adena Springs Mixed,                        With slots at Laurel, I envision a                                                                 Katharine M. Voss
    Your suggestions are welcome.                                                                             Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555. . . . . . . Nov. 6             brave new world of racing. We will fi-                     See Thoughts, page 3
                                             Lexington, Ky. (800) 456-3412. . . . Sept. 8-21

				
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