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TIMONIUM, MD (12/20/12) - Winning with a Maryland-bred just became more lucrative because there will be $50,000 purse premiums on thirteen open stakes at the Laurel Winter meet beginning in January 2013.  Also on the schedule is the restricted $100,000 Conniver Stakes.

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), along with the other industry groups, has just signed an unprecedented ten-year agreement that means long-term stability for the breeding industry.  "This agreement allows us to focus our attention on encouraging business, and adding value to Maryland-bred horses. These purse premiums for Maryland-breds are designed to stimulate competition in our state and result in profit for breeders and trainers as well as owners," says Tom Bowman, president of the MHBA.

The Maryland Bred Race Fund will see increased revenue over the next several years as new slots sites come on line.  The bonus plan that has been approved for the next six months is as follows: Owner - 17.5%; Loyalty - 12.5%; Breeder - 17.5%; Stallion -- 8.75%.

For more details please see the Description of the Maryland Fund For more information go to

marylandthoroughbred.com or call 410-252-2100

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