Seeking to address a rash of fatal breakdowns during the Laurel Park winter meet, the Maryland Racing Commission March 20 revised new claiming rules passed in February.
"The MRC is committed to chase this down and involve anybody who can help," Quade said. "There is no push-button solution."
The new rules, passed unanimously on an emergency basis, require horses to run at a 25% higher level for the first 30 days after they are claimed. Also, trainers who claim horses that are subsequently laid off for 180 days will have the option of returning the horse to the races without it being exposed to a claim for its initial outing, as long as it runs at the same price or higher.