Rosecroft’s PAC CONTRIBUTION: YOUR
The Horsemen’s owner files for INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
Newsletter While its demand for simulcasts of
Thoroughbred races is still tied up in
Our state elected officials have acted favorably on a number of key issues involv-
ing the industry. We must do our best to ensure that those who have supported our
interests in the past have an opportunity to do so in the future.
Please help by making a donation to your Political Action Committee. Donations
court, Rosecroft Raceway’s owner, will go toward the election campaigns of state officials who hold the best promise for
Cloverleaf Enterprises, Inc., has filed for our industry.
June 2009 Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s PAC advocates for the entire Maryland
Volume 19 • Number 4 The filing took place on June 3. Thoroughbred industry, while promoting the interests of horsemen.
Cloverleaf’s bankruptcy proceeding Please make checks payable to Thoroughbred Horsemen’s PAC.
is unusual in that its stated assets exceed Send checks to
MTHA looks to Live racing returns its debts.
Assets for the owner of the harness
MTHA, 6314 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, Md. 21207.
AMOUNT OF DONATION
boost Maryland- to Maryland on August 1 track in Oxon Hill, Md., are estimated at
between $10 million and $50 million, $100 $250 $500 other
bred program ive racing will return to Maryland Highlighting the fall season will be
and its financial liabilities between $1
W hen slots money begins rolling in,
the earnings potential for Mary-
land-breds at Laurel and Pimlico will re-
sooner than expected, on August 1,
with an 11-day mini-meet at Laurel
the return of the Grade 1 Frank J. De
Francis Memorial Dash, with a purse of
$300,000-guaranteed, at a date to be de-
million and $10 million.
“This complicates an already murky
situation,” said MTHA President Richard
Racing at Laurel will continue through termined, and Maryland Million Day on The MTHA, along with the Maryland
ceive an extra boost, thanks to a pro- August 23, on a three-day-a-week sched- September 26. Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breed-
posed plan involving the MTHA and ule, Fridays through Sundays. Except for Maryland Fund races, no ers Association, continues to seek to re-
Maryland Horse Breeders Association The summer/fall racing program was other stakes will be offered. By authority Wayne W. Wright, Treasurer
claim fees that Cloverleaf owes for
(MHBA). developed with input from the MTHA’s Laurel’s turf course is expected to be simulcasting of Thoroughbred races.
“Details are still being worked out,” Negotiating Committee chaired by Dale in prime condition throughout the sum- An industrywide 15-year agreement
said MTHA President Richard Hoffberg-
er. “But the goals are clear—they are to
Capuano and also consisting of MTHA
President Richard Hoffberger, and Di-
mer and fall, and will be utilized to the
full benefit of horsemen and fans.
signed in April 2006 calls for Cloverleaf Hoofprints
to pay $5.9 million a year for the right to
enhance the racing program, increase rectors John Alecci, John Robb and Katy “Under the present economic cir- receive Thoroughbred signals. Clover- Gate schooling Cole, Lake top Pimlico meet
the value of our Maryland-bred product Voss. cumstances, we believe this arrange- leaf has paid nothing since December
and develop a productive working rela- Following a break for the Timonium ment provides the maximum possible
at Bowie Robert L. Cole, Jr., and Scott Lake led
31, 2008. Under a new Maryland Jockey Club the owner and trainer standings at the 20-
tionship between the two groups.” meet (August 28 through September 7), opportunities for horsemen,” said Mr. Based on Cloverleaf’s refusal to live
The new initiative will involve purse policy, gate schooling at Bowie does not day Pimlico meet that ended on May 23.
racing will resume at Laurel on Septem- Hoffberger. “Our summer break started up to the deal, the Maryland Racing
enhancements for Maryland-breds in begin until after the harrow break. Mr. Cole had seven wins, one more
ber 12 and run through December 19. It early this year, with Pimlico closing on Commission withdrew permission for
overnight races. Supported in principle The change was made to allow suffi- than Paula and Tom Haughey’s PTK
will be conducted four days a week, May 23. So fans and horsemen should Thoroughbred simulcasting into Rose-
by the MTHA’s Negotiating Committee cient time for those wanting to jog their LLC.
Wednesdays through Saturdays. be more than ready to be back when croft as of late April.
led by Dale Capuano, it is awaiting ratifi- horses the wrong way on the race track. Pimlico’s leading trainer for the
The program calls for 68 live racing racing resumes.” Cloverleaf subsequently obtained an
cation by the MTHA Board. Wrong-way jogging ends when gate fourth consecutive year, Mr. Lake won
days at Laurel through the end of the Deadline for stall applications for the injunction that has made it possible to
It will be funded in part by a portion schooling starts. winning 18 races, nine more than run-
year. fall meet is August 1. receive a few Thoroughbred signals.
of slots revenue that was redirected to ner-up Mike Trombetta.
the Purse Account during the 2009 leg-
islative session to correct an anomaly in
the original slots bill.
Trainer James W. Murphy Maryland schedule during Colonial Downs
“Whereas that money was once a
source of bitter dispute between the
reflected honor on his profession The Colonial Downs meet extends Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Charlie Hall (443) 324-6646, (301) 674-
ne of Maryland’s most respected trainers, James W. (Jim-
MTHA and MHBA,” said Mr. Hoffberger,
“we hope it will become part of the O my) Murphy, died on June 13 at the age of 82.
A native of Milwaukee, Mr. Murphy was a top show rider in
from June 5 to July 28.
Colonial Downs Racing Office:
Office will be open at Laurel Monday
through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stable area issues
foundation for a prosperous future for (877) 482-7223, (804) 966-7223; Fax:
both horsemen and breeders.” his youth, as well as a successful steeplechase rider. He served Gate schooling Bowie—Contact Victor (Blue) Mar-
(804) 966-5110. Bowie—Mondays, Wednesdays and shall (240) 876-6414.
in the Army during World War II.
MTHA Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Laurel—Contact Tony Edwards (443)
Options for horses who Since launching his training career in 1965, he was credited
with more than 100 stakes wins. His best runners included Office at Laurel will be open Monday Laurel—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sat- 250-9872.
can no longer race Grade 1 stars Bemo and Bring Out the Band; Delicate, winner through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. urdays, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Race track issues
For a list of facilities in Maryland of-
of the 1982 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes-G2; Double Sixes, who Maryland Racing Commission Laurel turf course Contact David Whitman (443) 250-
won the 1994 Pimlico Distaff Handicap-G3; and multiple stakes The turf course at Laurel will be 9870.
fering services for retired race horses, The Maryland Racing Commission of-
go to www.mdhorsemen.com. James W. Murphy winner Horatius, who went on to a long and successful stud ca- fice will be closed. Questions regarding closed during the Colonial meet. Check cashing at Laurel
reer in Maryland. Stall issues
If you know of a rescue/retirement Lasix should be directed to the Commis- Checks will be approved Mondays
In 2006, the MTHA honored Mr. Murphy as Outstanding Maryland Trainer.
facility that belongs on this list, please sion’s main office at (410) 296- Bowie—Contact Jerry Burdick (301) through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A mentor to younger horsemen at his longtime base at Laurel Park, Mr. Murphy
e-mail the MTHA at mdhorsemen@ 9682/296-9683/296-9684; Fax: (410) 802-9440. only. All checks must be approved. No
saddled the first winner over the rebuilt Laurel track in January 2005.
erols.com or call (410) 265-6842. 296-9687. Laurel—Contact Terry Overmier/ checks over $2,000 will be cashed.
He continued to oversee his stable until a few days before his death.
Thoughts, Committee bulletins Health Fairs offer valuable services—
from page 4 Bowie Laurel and they’re free
Backstretch chairman Phil Capuano Backstretch chairman Larry Murray ark your calendar now, for Dates are:
voked on the spot.
The MTHA has compiled a list of re-
tirement/rescue facilities in Maryland. It
reported that the air conditioner in the
recreation hall/track kitchen is not
reported that frequent heavy rains have
washed out major portions of the horse
M Health Fairs next month at
Bowie and Laurel.
A healthy workforce is Thursday, July 9: 9:30 a.m.
important to the horses to 12:30 p.m., Bowie Confer-
was printed in last month’s newsletter, working, despite several efforts to re- paths. Maintenance has been working
and is posted at www.mdhorsemen. pair it. on the problem.
Scheduled services will in-
clude screenings for choles-
in your barn. But don’t ence Room
Thursday, July 16: 9:30 a.m.
com. The list, while extensive, will nev- terol, prostate, blood pressure, do it just for them— to 12:30 p.m., Laurel Recre -
er be complete. Other facilities are no
doubt out there doing the same kind of
Recreation report body fat composition, carbon
monoxide and skin cancer,
do it for yourself! ation Room
Note: A 12-hour fast is re-
work, with less publicity. With a little ef- From Dan Mangum, Orioles tickets plus massage therapy and more. quired for cholesterol tests. All results are confi-
fort, owners and trainers can find the MTHA Recreation Director. Winners of the latest Orioles ticket All backstretch workers—assistant trainers, ex- dential and will be sent to the address that you
right place for an individual horse. For information on the MTHA’s drawings were Mike Thomas and J.D. ercise persons, grooms, hotwalkers, stable fore- provide. Health Fairs are sponsored by the Mary-
The point is—a viable market exists year-round recreation program call Brown. men, trainers, etc.—are invited to participate, land Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and
for Thoroughbreds who can no longer (410) 802-5798. The next drawing will be held August free of charge. Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund.
race. That might not have been true five Golf outing 1 for the final three games.
years ago but times have changed, in The MTHA will sponsor a golf outing
this case much for the better. at Ft. Meade on August 10. Sign up in Donations
As owners or trainers, we have a seri- the track kitchens or call Dan. The following generous people re-
ous responsibility. The fate of our hors- cently donated clothing, reading materi- MTHA
es is in our hands not just while they are Evening at Camden Yards al and/or other items for distribution on 6314 Windsor Mill Road
with us, but often far beyond. They The Orioles defeated the Mets 6-5 on the backstretch: Damon Dilodovico and Baltimore, Maryland 21207
place their trust in us, and we owe them June 18, much to the delight of back- his stable crew, Gene Gilhooly, Sylvia
a good life in return.
/Timothy L. Keefe, MTHA Director
stretch workers and friends who attend- and Arnold Heft and Dennis Noel.
Special thanks to the Maryland Jock-
ed the game compliments of the MTHA.
Thirty tickets were distributed in a ey Club for its donation of hats.
IN MEMORIAM drawing.
Otto Earl Begley, known as Earl Beg- Maryland Horse Industry Forum
ley, Sr., died on April 29 at the age of 78.
A former longtime assistant to the late set August 6 in Upper Marlboro
trainer Bernard P. (Bernie) Bond, Mr. Be-
gley retired several years ago. His son, All segments of Maryland’s horse The forum is organized by the Mary-
Earl Patrick Begley, is a trainer in Mary- community have been invited to partici- land Horse Industry Board in coopera-
land. pate in a Maryland Horse Industry Fo- tion with the Maryland Horse Council.
Malcolm Commer, Ph.D., 61, a for- rum to take place on Thursday, August 6 There is no cost to attend.
mer University of Maryland livestock from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in The Show For more information visit www.md
economist and Maryland Horse Council Place Arena at the Prince George’s horseforum.com or contact Kelley
president, died on June 10 at the age of
Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro. Fitzgerald at (410) 841-2785.
RACING Fasig-Tipton New York-bred
The Horsemen’s Yearlings, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
MTHA Board of Directors
Colonial Downs. . . . . . . . . . . . June 5-July 28
Laurel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 1-23;
Sept. 12-Dec. 19
(516) 328-1800. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 15, 16
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company
Thoughts and comment Richard J. Hoffberger
Published monthly by the Selected/Open Yearlings, President
Timonium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 28-Sept.7 igh-strung. Burned out. Crippled. good.
Maryland Million Day
Sept. 26 at Laurel
Ocala, Fla. (352) 237-2154. . . . . . . Aug. 24-28
Keeneland September Yearlings,
Lexington, Ky. (800) 456-3412. . . Sept. 14-27
H For too long this was the image that
many people had of ex-race horses—
The increasing number of people
willing to take on ex-race horses is good
Richard J. Meyer
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company John V. Alecci
Association, Inc. FASIG-TIPTON MIDLANTIC AUCTIONS Fall Mixed,
and the reason why some people shied news for our industry.
Howard M. Bender
6314 Windsor Mill Road, AT TIMONIUM Ocala, Fla. (352) 237-2154. . . . . . . Oct. 12-16
away from adopting them and convert- Today, it’s much easier to do the
Baltimore, Md. 21207; Eastern Fall Yearlings. . . . . . . . . . Oct. 5-7
ing them to new careers. right thing and find a good home for a Phillip L. Capuano
New York Breeders’ Sales Company
(410) 265-6842; (Entries close July 13) Saratoga Fall Mixed, Saratoga Springs, Thankfully, more people seem to be horse who can no longer race. In fact, it William T. Fitzgibbons, Sr.
Fax: (410) 265-6841; December Mixed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 6, 7 N.Y. (518) 587-1555. . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 18, 19 catching on to the fact that most Thor- may be easier to find a new home than Linda S. Gaudet
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Entries close Sept. 21) Saratoga Springs, NY oughbred race horses can have a pro- to send a horse to the killers. H. Neil Glasser
Web site: www.mdhorsemen.com Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall ductive and rewarding life beyond the And Magna’s policy reinforces the Christopher W. Grove
OUT-OF-STATE AUCTIONS Yearlings, track. point for trainers who choose to ignore
The Horsemen’s Newsletter Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555. . . . Oct. 26-28 Arnold A. Heft
reports on issues and events of interest Selected Yearlings, All it takes, in most instances, is a rea- humane options: A trainer at Laurel or Timothy L. Keefe
Keeneland November Breeding Stock,
to owners and trainers in Maryland. Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555. . . . July 20, 21 Lexington, Ky. (800) 456-3412. . . . Nov. 8-21 sonable amount of patience and the Bowie found sending a horse to slaugh- Lawrence E. Murray
Your suggestions are welcome. Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Selected right kind of re-training. When knowl- ter will have his stabling privileges re- John J. Robb
Yearlings, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Fall Mixed, edgeable people are directing the transi- Katharine M. Voss
(516) 328-1800. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 10,11 Lexington, Ky. (859) 255-1555 . . . . . . . Nov. 9 tion, the chances of success are very See Thoughts, page 3