Maryland Commission Streamlines Rule Adoption Process: THA Racing.Com 2/23/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Maryland Racing Commission has developed statutory language that will allow it to adopt updates and changes to model rules—most recently the one on out-of-competition testing—as they are approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The MRC, which held its monthly meeting Feb. 23, falls under the state Department of Labor,

Out-Of-Competition Testing Rule Moves Forward in Maryland: THA Racing.Com 1/17/17

By: Tom LaMarra The new out-of-competition testing model rule approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in December should be on the books soon in Maryland. The Maryland Racing Commission Jan. 17 approved the rule under emergency provisions. The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission approved the rule at its meeting Jan. 11. “There is a

Stronach Tracks Address ‘Program Trainers’: Blood-Horse 9/23/16

By: Doug McCoy Believing suspended trainer Marcus Vitali may have been working with another trainer to effectively enter horses during his suspension, The Stronach Group announced this week that no entries would be taken for horses trained by Vitali. On Sept. 22, Sal Sinatra, general manager of the The Stronach Group's Maryland Jockey Club tracks

Pimlico Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance: NTRA 5/11/16

By: NTRA The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located in Baltimore, Pimlico kicks off its Spring/Summer Meet on Thursday. The 28-day Pimlico spring meeting, which will be conducted through June 28, is highlighted by

Maryland Tracks Not Accepting Entries from Trainer Vitali: Daily Racing Form 4/30/16

By: Jim Dunleavy The Maryland Jockey Club is looking into pending medication violations against trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the MJC. Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park winter meet, relocated his 35-horse stable to Laurel Park earlier this month. Vitali acknowledged Saturday that on his lawyer's advice,

Maryland Jockey Club Adopts Injection Reporting Rule: The Racing Biz 1/4/16

By: Frank Vespe Trainers whose horses are claimed must provide the state veterinarian a record of all joint injections the horse has received in the 30 days prior to the claim, according to a new policy adopted effective January 1 by the Maryland Jockey Club. The information must be provided within 72 hours and will

Vazquez Files Appeal After Xylazine Positive in Pennsylvania: The Paulick Report 7/8/15

RMTC By Ray Paulick Troubled Mid-Atlantic trainer Juan Vazquez – ejected this year from tracks in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – is appealing a June 17 ruling from stewards at Pennsylvania’s Penn National racetrack fining him $2,000 after a horse he trains tested positive for the short acting sedative xylazine. The official chemist

Delaware Park Latest Track to Boot Vazquez: The Blood-Horse 6/30/15

RMTC By Frank Angst Trainer Juan C. Vazquez is slowly running out of Mid-Atlantic tracks at which to run his horses after Delaware Park informed the trainer he is no longer welcome to race his horse there. On June 30 Delaware Park chief executive officer Bill Fasy said the track had barred the trainer from