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.
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
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
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
“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-
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-
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
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 email@example.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.
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-
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
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
Richard J. Meyer
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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