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any medications they may need, secured in their vehicle. T eir ability to do this and provide care to horses in the fi eld is in jeopardy without this legislation. T is bill now goes to the full House for consideration. T e Senate passed its version of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in January of this year.

Steeplechasing’s Touch of Class

March 29 marked the start of the spring steeplechase racing season in Maryland with the Green Spring Valley Point-to- Point taking place at Shawan Downs in Cockeysville. During the race meet, fi ve steeplechase greats were honored with Touch of Class awards through the Maryland Horse Industry Board. MHIB Chair Jim Steele was on hand to present the awards. Jockey Mark Beecher (Baltimore County) was honored for his championship 2013 season as the top National Steeplechase Association amateur jockey. Merriefi eld Farm’s Foyle was honored as the

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Wagering Down at Laurel Park T e Maryland Jockey Club reported that

the end of 2013, sixty tax provisions benefi ting horse owners, breeders and businesses expired. T e tax extender bill would reinstate several of these provisions for two years retroactively from January 1, 2014. In addition, the bill would reinstate for

MHIB chair Jim Steele presents the Touch of Class award to steeplechase jockey Mark Beecher. To see more photos from the awards presentation, go to

NSA’s Champion Timber Horse of the Year. He is trained by Bruce Fenwick (Baltimore County). Irv Naylor (Baltimore County) was honored for the second time as NSA Champion Timber Owner. Jack Fisher (Baltimore County) was not

present at Green Spring but was also honored, as the NSA champion steeplechase trainer. Finally, Marilyn and Karry Ketts, owners of

At Last Farm in Aquasco (Prince George’s County) represented the Maryland-bred Tus- calee, who was recently inducted into the Na- tional Racing Hall of Fame. Marilyn’s father Al Smith owned Tuscalee. To read more about Tuscalee and to keep up with all of Maryland’s racing news, go to T e Equiery’s Sporting Blog on

CHA Presents Free College Lectures T e Certifi ed Horsemanship Association is

off ering free lectures to equine colleges and university students around the U.S. and Can- ada on a variety of topics including Teach- ing Techniques for Riding Instructors, Risk Management in a Riding Program, Working with At-Risk Youth and Fundraising Ideas for Equestrian Programs. T e purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and educa- tion for the benefi t of the horse industry. CHA certifi es instructors and trail guides as well as accrediting equestrian facilities and produc- ing educational material. For more informa- tion about the lectures, please contact Christy Landwehr at or call 720-857-9550.

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the Laurel Park winter meet posted average wagering fi gures that were 18.8% lower than last year’s winter meet. T e average daily handle went from $1.85 million to $1.5 million. Maryland’s rough winter did mean that the 2014 winter meet posted eight fewer live racing days than the previous year.

NSA Adopts Uniform Medication Standards

T e National Steeplechase Association

board of directors voted unanimously to adopt the medication rules outlined in the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication Program. T e new regulations went into eff ect with the start of the 2014 season in March. T e regulations state that the diuretic furosemide (commonly known as Lasix) is the only medication that can be administered on race day and must be administered by a designated veterinarian. T ere are a total of 24 controlled therapeutic substances that are identifi ed in the program as allowable. T oroughbred Horsemen’s Association chairman Alan Foreman developed the regulations.

So far 11 states, including Maryland, have adopted these regulations.

Tax Extender Bill for Horse Industry On April 3, the Senate Finance Committee

approved a tax extender bill that includes several provisions important to the horse industry. At

two more years the three-year-depreciation for all race horses that were placed in service after December 2013 through 2015. T is bill also raises the Section 179 business expense deduction back to $500,000 (currently set at $25,000) for the next two years. T e bill would also restore 50% bonus depreciation for qualifying new property, including assets used for a horse business, through 2015. T e fi rst use of the horse or equipment must begin with the taxpayer. Finally, the bill would restore favorable tax treatment for land donated for conservation purposes, particularly land donated by farmers and ranchers. T e bill must now be considered by the full


Jockey Club Releases Equine Injury Statistics

On March 31, the Jockey Club released

fatality statistics collected by the Equine Injury Database for a fi ve-year period (2009 to 2013). T e data was based on analysis of 1,871,522 starts and only included injuries that resulted in fatalities within 72 hours of the race. “T e analysis shows that although the incidence of fatal injury on dirt and synthetic racing surfaces trended slightly upward in 2013, the incidence of fatal injury declined 20% over turf. Overall, synthetic rainy surfaces continued to be associated with signifi cantly


fatal injuries than dirt and turf,” said Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow serving as a consultant for the Equine Injury Database.

It was also noted

Concern was recently inducted into the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.

that shorter races saw a slightly higher injury rate than middle and long distance races. T e

study shows that the injury rate was higher in older horses with two-year-olds showing the lowest rate of catastrophic injuries. To read more and see charts from the study, go to tables.pdf.

Concern and Tuscalee Inducted into Maryland TB Hall of Fame

Flat track racer Concern and steeplechaser

Tuscalee are the newest inductees into the Maryland T oroughbred Hall of Fame. T is is

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