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Nelly Madden, a graduate of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances program, is the first licensed groom in Maryland racing.

Ex-con gets ‘second chance’ in racing industry

A Baltimore man has become the first graduate in the history of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) Maryland-based Second Chances program—which teaches inmates horsemanship skills while caring for Thoroughbreds— to earn a groom’s license in the state of Maryland and a job at Laurel Park. Following a recent milestone decision by the Maryland racing authorities to issue a license, and a job offer by famous race trainer Hugh McMahon, who says he made the tender in part because “everyone needs forgiveness and a second chance,” Nelly Madden, 51, went to work for McMahon in December. And, upon graduation and release […]