Governor Martin O'Malley has proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 5 as Retired Racehorse Training Day in Maryland.

The proclamation states:

"Whereas, Thoroughbred horses provide the State of Maryland with sport, recreation, and a reason to maintain open space and a rural lifestyle, and

Whereas, Thoroughbred horses are bred to race and retire from that sport at an ideal age to begin second careers, and

Whereas, a group of Maryland residents in 2010 created the Retired Racehorse Training Project to increase the demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in the sport and recreation marketplace, and

Whereas, the Retired Racehorse Training Project is hosting the first Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Racecourse beginning on October 5, 2013,

Now, therefore I, Martin O'Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland do hereby proclaim October 5, 2013 as Retired Racehorse Training Day in Maryland, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens."

The schedule and other information for the two-day Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, to be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, may be found at http://www.retiredracehorsetraining.org/

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