Dear Horsemen,

The Maryland Jockey Club welcomes you to Maryland racing.  It is our desire to ensure that your racing experiences in Maryland are pleasant and memorable ones.

To obtain a license please visit the Maryland DLLR website at and click on the Multi-Jurisdictional License Application on the right side of the page.
*** New Claiming Rules (Click to read)***

Please be advised that if you have claimed a horse at the current Pimlico Race Spring Meeting which concludes on June 6. 2015, the claimed horse remains in “jail” and may not race outside the State of Maryland during the 60 day period which started the day after the horse was claimed unless 1) to participate in a claiming race for a price which would cause the horse to become ineligible to be entered at Laurel or Pimlico, or 2) to participate in a stakes race, or 3) during the scheduled absence of a live thoroughbred race meet in Maryland for at least 15 days.

 If a claimed horse’s ‘jail” time is between June 7, 2015 and July 2, 2015 when there is no live Maryland racing being conducted, that horse may run outside the State of Maryland; however, when live racing resumes at Laurel and the 60 day jail time for that horse has not expired, that horse is required to return to Maryland when live racing resumes to complete its “jail” time.

Maryland Jockey Club Text Alert System - Text MJCRACING to 95577 to sign up.

 Your phone number will automatically be added to the messaging list.


Georganne Hale
Director Of Racing/Racing Secretary
Maryland Jockey Club
Horsemen's Bookkeeper
Pimlico hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Phone: 301-725-0400 x 5659
Pimlico Fax: 443-923-1688
Laurel Fax: 301-725-0410


Horsemen’s Accounts
All accounts to be established must have a valid Maryland Racing Commission license and a completed W-9 on file with the horsemen’s bookkeeping office.  No check will be issued without a current license and a valid W-9 on file.  In order to change your address you will also need to complete a new W-9. (Download a W-9 form here)

All checks to be deposited into your racing account should be made payable to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, Inc.

Maryland Jockey Club Text Alert System - Text MJCRACING to 95577 to sign up.
Your phone number will automatically be added to the messaging list. 

Use of Lasix

Effective January 1, 2014 the horse you enter to run at Laurel Park that is eligible to use Lasix will be administered Lasix by the designated Commission veterinarian.

You are responsible for providing the Lasix Clerk, Melanie Martin the dosage information for your horse. She can be contacted at Laurel Park at Extension 8329 or by Cell at 443-631-4891.

 Dirt and Turf Shoe Rules

A horse may not be permitted to start if it has shoes on the front hooves that have toe grabs that are greater than four (4) millimeters in height or contain bends, jar calks, or any other traction device.
(Maryland Racing Commission)

Equine Injury Database

In consideration of the acceptance of a nomination of any horse to any race described in this condition Book, the owner(s) and trainer of such horse consent to the collection of information related to any equine injury occurring at the Laurel Racing Assoc. Inc. (“Laurel”) or The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc. (“Pimlico”) or Bowie Training Center (“Bowie”) to such horse and entry of said information into a database maintained by The Jockey Club (the “Equine Injury Database”). Said owner(s) and trainer further agree to indemnify, release, hold harmless and covenant not to sue Magna Entertainment Corp. and the Laurel Racing Assoc. Inc. (“Laurel”), The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc. (“Pimlico”), and Bowie Training Center (“Bowie”),any state or track-appointed veterinarian collecting such information and The Jockey Club (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) from and against any liability, cost, loss, or expense of any kind or nature (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees ) arising from any claim, demand, or action (a) alleging that the data entered into the Equine Injury Database (either directly or indirectly ) violates the rights of the owner(s), trainer or any third party, or (b) relating to any equine injury report run, published or otherwise created by any of the Indemnified Parties, including the owners, stewards, directors, officers, employees and agents of any of them (either directly or indirectly).


Horses shipping in all MJC facilities must have a Health Certificate with the information below with the horse, before the horse will be allowed to come through the stable gate.

You must have a health certificate dated within 72 hours of arrival with a rectal temperature and a certificate of veterinary inspection containing the following statement and signed by the attending veterinarian.


A. Have not originated from a barn with a confirmed or suspect case of
equine herpes virus, nor have shown signs suggestive of this disease, nor have
been febrile within the previous 3 weeks.

B. Have not originated from nor been stabled on a premise under quarantine
or restriction due to EHV-1 or from a premise which has had equine herpes virus
diagnosed during the previous 30 day period.

C. Have been vaccinated against EHV-1 no less than 7 days and no greater
than 90 days.