Boniface reserves comment until vote taken for race dates

SPORTS DIGEST

December 21, 2005|By SANDRA MCKEE

Billy Boniface, president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, said members of the MHBA board would have nothing to say on their actions during a meeting yesterday to consider the latest proposal by the Maryland Jockey Club for 2006 racing until after the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association meeting today.

"I don't want to say anything until after the MTHA votes," said Boniface. "I think every side realizes we have to give and take to get this done to move on to the more important issues facing us in Annapolis [slots legislation] and with the standardbreds."

MTHA president Richard Hoffberger also said he will not comment until after today's meeting, "but I hope to have a lot of words to say after our meeting."

The MTHA meeting is open only to its members.

Sandra McKee

More horse racing -- An accident that killed a 16-year-old jockey during a race came without warning and probably could not have been avoided, a state investigator has concluded. Josh Radosevich died from neck and chest injuries in a spill during the third race at Beulah Park in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 16. His horse's left foreleg shattered, throwing the rider and sending the horse to the ground. Radosevich didn't have time to react because the horse went down so suddenly, according to witnesses and the accident report by Steve Zaper, chief investigator for the Ohio State Racing Commission. Zaper presented his report to the commission last week. The death of Radosevich, six weeks into his riding career, has prompted the commission to consider making Ohio the first state to require that jockeys be 18. Riders can start racing at 16 with parental consent.

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