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Maryland

Executive Director: 
Cricket Goodall
Address: 
at Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 
(410) 252-2100
About Us: 

Since 1929, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) has been the leading horse industry advocate within the state of Maryland. 

The main purposes of the MHBA have always been to encourage, promote, protect and improve the horse breeding industry in Maryland.

The Maryland Bred Fund

Maryland was the first state to develop a legislated incentive program to encourage the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. The Maryland Bred Fund was created by the General Assembly in 1962. 

In order to earn breeder or owner awards, the horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA. In order to earn a stallion award, the horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred, and the sire must be registered with the MHBA, in addition to having been standing in Maryland at the time the horse was conceived.

For information on eligibility and registration, please visit marylandthoroughbred.com/registration, or call our registrar at, 410-252-2100, ext. 122 or registrar@marylandthoroughbred.com.

Under the direction of the Maryland Racing Commission, the actual implementation of the Maryland Bred Fund, including maintaining the Maryland-bred registry and computing and distributing all bonus awards, is performed by the MHBA.

The Maryland Million

The Maryland Million is a one-day stakes program offering purses totaling $1 million, restricted to the nominated progeny of nominated stallions standing in the state. Read more at http://marylandmillion.com.

Restricted Races: 

Maryland Pride Day – a full card for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired* horses, featuring stakes races, maiden special weight races, and “A Other Than” allowance races.

*Preference to horses 1) Maryland-bred 2) Maryland-sired

 

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes, for registered Maryland-breds. The stakes program is planned on a meet-by-meet basis and is based on projected revenues for the coming year.

Purse Supplement in Open Races: 

N/A

Owners Awards: 

30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st. The horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA.

Maryland Million bonuses paid on all maiden races for Maryland Million-sired winners:

$2,500 owner award bonus for MD Million nominated/certified** winning horses, maiden special weight & maiden claiming $40,000

$2,000 owner award bonus for MD Million nominated/certified** winning horses, maiden claiming $25,000

$1,500 owner award bonus for MD Million nominated/certified** winning horses, maiden claiming $16,000

$1,000 owner award bonus for MD Million nominated/certified** winning horses, maiden claiming $10,000

$125 award to nominator of any MD Million nominated horse born before 2009

$125 award to nominator of MD Million nominated/certified* horse’s sire

**Starting with the crop of 2009, horses sired by a fully nominated Maryland stallion are automatically certified for the program

The information pertaining to the Maryland Bred Fund program is correct through March 15, 2020, but with dramatic economic challenges facing the Thoroughbred industry since that time the Maryland Racing Commission with review and evaluate the program when racing in Maryland returns.

 

 

Breeders Awards: 

30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st-3rd in all overnight races***. 15% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all stakes.  The horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA.

*Paid with purses.

**Stakes capped at $100k. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical.

The information pertaining to the Maryland Bred Fund program is correct through March 15, 2020, but with dramatic economic challenges facing the Thoroughbred industry since that time the Maryland Racing Commission with review and evaluate the program when racing in Maryland returns.

Stallion Awards: 

10% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all overnight races.  5% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse

for placing 1st through 3rd in all stakes***.

Note: Stallions must be registered with MHBA each year, prior to progeny racing 

*Paid with purses.

***Stakes capped at $100k. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical.

The information pertaining to the Maryland Bred Fund program is correct through March 15, 2020, but with dramatic economic challenges facing the Thoroughbred industry since that time the Maryland Racing Commission with review and evaluate the program when racing in Maryland returns.

 

 

Out of State Awards: 

N/A

Breed-Back Rule: 

A horse by an out-of-state sire may be registered with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Inc., only if the horse was foaled in Maryland as shown by a foal certificate from the Jockey Club, and, after foaling, the mare was covered by a Maryland stallion during the season of that foal’s birth. To check eligibility and see all requirements for Maryland-bred registration, click here: marylandthoroughbred.com/registration.

Or call our Registrar at (410) 252-2100 Ext. 122, or email registrar@marylandthoroughbred.com

Distribution Purses: 

In 2019:

Breeder:  $4,968,812 (this figure includes Maryland Million Day Breeder Bonuses of $93,300)

Owner:  $4,119,695 (paid by purse account, with purses)

Stallion: $854,143 (this figure includes Maryland Million Day Stallion Bonuses of $20,700)

Distribution Awards: 

Breeder and Stallion bonuses are paid monthly, as soon as practical, 45-60 days after the end of the month your eligible horse wins.  Owner bonuses are paid with purses.

 

Registration Fees: 

 Foal Registration by May 31 of Yearling Year:  $75 (Members $200 annual dues), $275 (Non-Members)

 Foal Registration after May 31 Yearling Year:  $250 (Members), $450 (Non-Members)

 Annual Stallion Registration: $250 

 

For more information on MHBA membership: marylandthoroughbred.com/membership

For more information on registration: marylandthoroughbred.com/registration