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nearly $400,000. MHIB Chairman Jim Steele told the

Maryland Department of Agriculture that “Horses are a critical component of Maryland’s agricultural industry. T e Maryland Horse Industry Board and T e Feed Fund do a terrifi c job in helping to stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community without using any government funding. As a completely self-funded equestrian commodity marketing entity, MHIB is a model for how industry groups can help themselves without relying on taxpayer dollars.” Grant winners will be announced on January 1, 2017, and deadline for applications is October 3.

MJC Pays for Shipping Between Parx and Laurel

While Parx Racetrack in Philadelphia, PA is

closed from August 10 through September 2, the Maryland Jockey Club paid the shipping expenses for horsemen stabled at Parx to be able to ship and run their horses at Laurel Park. T is decision was made in order to increase fi eld size at the newly renovated Laurel Park

and provide more opportunities for mid- Atlantic horsemen. Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra stated, “We will continue working with horsemen throughout North America to card quality races on our main track and newly renovated, world class turf course throughout the entire year.”

Happy 15th to IEA!

T is month, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association will begin its 15th season. Over the past 15

years, membership has grown from 250 riders to well over 12,500. T e nonprofi t competition program was founded in Ohio in 2002 and holds several shows here in Maryland.

of the Maryland Jockey Club, announced that T e Stronach Group will begin making improvements to Rosecroft over the next 90 days. Rosecroft opened in 1949 and will begin the fall season of harness racing on September 13. “We appreciate Penn National Gaming working with us

Sale of Rosecroft to The Stronach Group is Offi cial

T e Stronach Group announced its purchase

of Prince George’s Gaming Ventures, LLC, the holding company of Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland, from Penn National Gaming, INC. T e Stronach Group owns the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course as well as Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager

Keefe & Smith Share Trainer’s Title T e Training Title for this summer’s Laurel

Park meet went down to the wire with Tim Keefe and Hamilton Smith ended in a tie. T is is the fi rst Training Title for Keefe who fi nished third last summer. T is is Smith’s fi fth career title. T e summer meet Jockey Title was won by

Jevian Toledo, who was Maryland’s leading rider in 2015. T is was his second career riding title.

to make this acquisition happen in a smooth and timely manner,” Sinatra told the Stronach Group. “We’re excited about moving forward at Rosecroft. We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington, DC market, and growing the harness racing market in the mid-Atlantic.”

Lost? Theft? Trespassing? Abandonment?

Equiery readers wanted to know more about the story behind July social media reports, which fi rst appeared on and then spread via social media, about four stolen horses. Horse theft is a felony crime, prosecuted by the State of Maryland. So T e Equiery obliged and looked into the situation, reaching out to the Montgomery County police and other offi cial sources. We learned that in late spring of this year, the out-of-state owner of an unoccupied farm in Mount Airy and the farm’s listing agent discovered that four horses had been left in one of the pastures of the listed property. Assuming the horses were from a neighboring farm, the out-of-state owner requested that the horses be returned. T e request was accommodated, although no one on the neighboring farm could apparently be found to verify that the horses continued on page 51

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