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Racing commission implements new contract to enhance safety

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION IMPLEMENTS NEW CONTRACT TO ENHANCE SAFETY OF HORSES AND ATHLETES

Truesdail Laboratories to perform analysis of all horses competing in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD (February 6, 2014) – In Maryland’s continuing effort to comply with the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication and Drug Testing program which requires laboratories to be fully accredited, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a 5-year contract with Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin California on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Truesdail Laboratories will perform the analytical analysis of all urine and blood specimens taken from horses competing in Maryland races.

“The implementation of the Truesdail Laboratories contract is another step in the Maryland Racing Commission’s comprehensive medication reform policy and its ongoing efforts to provide for the safety of our human and equine athletes and to ensure the integrity of our sport,” said Maryland Racing Commission Chairman Bruce Quade.

The implementation of this contract will provide the Maryland Racing industry with state-of-the-art technologies to screen, quantitate and confirm drugs and medications administered to horses which exceed the permissive levels allowed by regulation or are not allowed to be present in a horse’s system on race day. The partnership with Truesdail Laboratories along with other aspects of the medication policy will reinforce the integrity of horse racing in Maryland and will ensure that the Preakness is consistent with other legs of the Triple Crown Races regarding medication policies. The services of Truesdail Laboratories will begin with races conducted at Laurel Park on Saturday February 8,

2014.

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Preakness purse raised to $1.5 million starting in 2014

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, 12-12-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced it has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (G1) from $1 million to $1.5 million. The middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown is Saturday, May 17 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

It is the first increase for the 1 3/16-mile classic since the purse was raised to $1 million guaranteed in 1998. Throughout the years, the Preakness purse has been among the highest in American racing.

“The Preakness Stakes is the centerpiece of a terrific stakes program that weekend,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Seventeen of the twenty-six races on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan days are stakes. With this increase the total value of our stakes program over the two-day period is nearly $4 million.”

The May 16 card on Preakness eve features eight added-money races, headlined by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3).

The Preakness undercard features eight stakes races, including the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2) and three $150,000 G3 stakes: the Maryland Sprint Handicap, the Gallorette Handicap and Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes.

“I support the move,” said Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade. “It is another step in bringing Maryland racing back to a preeminent spot in the racing landscape.”

At its inauguration in 1873, the Preakness carried a value of $1,000. The first major increase occurred in 1919 when the race had a $25,000 value. It climbed to $100,000 in 1946 and in 1959 was raised to $150,000, the highest among Triple Crown races.

From 1979 to 1989, the purse rose four times from $200,000 to $500,000, before attaining its present status of $1 million.

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