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					                                                                                                                                                         Rosecroft’s                                      PAC CONTRIBUTION: YOUR
                                                                      The Horsemen’s                                                                    owner files for                                  INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                         bankruptcy
                                                                        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-
                                                          L
                                                          Park.
                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                     Hoffberger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       NAME

                                                                                                                                                                                                       ADDRESS
                                                             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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5108.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                              JIM MCCUE




   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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            June 2009
                                                 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
  61.
                                                 Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.                                 Fitzgerald at (410) 841-2785.

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                                                                           RACING                                     Fasig-Tipton New York-bred
   The Horsemen’s                                                                                                     Yearlings, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               MTHA Board of Directors
     Newsletter
                                                 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 Thoroughbred
         Horsemen’s
                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vice President
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dale Capuano
         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: mdhorsemen@erols.com                (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