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Members Join Winners Circle Following the ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic Race

Posted in on Fri, Oct 21, 2011

For Immediate Release

Members Celebrate the ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic Race in Laurel, MD

Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413,
BALTIMORE, MD (October 21, 2011) –The horse Shesmylittleman ridden by Travis Dunkelberger won the ‘ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic’ thoroughbred race at Laurel race track Thursday. The race was held in honor of ASSE’s and Laurel Race track’s 100th anniversaries. In addition to the race, ASSE member Pat J. Wheltle, MS, CSP, safety and environmental director for the Maryland Jockey Club, provided key behind-the-scenes tours and information on Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the ASSE Chesapeake and National Capital Chapters.
Featured in the photo from left to right are chapter
members Lori Lewman, Alan Sactor, Ron LeClair, Ken Shorter, Carol Woodruff,
Mike Wolf, Dunkelberger, Mike McCullion, Robert Bergamaschi and Wheltle.
ASSE was founded October 14, 1911, and the Laurel Park racetrack opened on October 2, 1911.
In addition to the special race, the ASSE chapter’s meeting featured presentations on the safety aspects of working in the horse racing industry as well as reviewing the regulatory requirements for public access automatic external defibrillator (AED) programs. Following the meeting, the “ASSE 100th Anniversary Classic” race took place.
“Working for the Maryland Jockey Club provides for some unique and interesting challenges. In addition to ensuring the health and safety of patrons and employees, we have to deal with the safe interaction between the horses and the people that work with them. We also have to plan annually for the Preakness Stakes, which routinely draws more than 100,000 spectators,” Wheltle said.
The Maryland Jockey Club is a sporting organization dedicated to thoroughbred horse racing and was founded in Annapolis, MD, in 1743. It is chartered as the oldest sporting organization in North America. After 267 years it remains the corporate name of the company that operates: Pimlico Racecourse, , in Baltimore, Maryland, which opened in 1870, home of the Preakness Stakes TM — the middle jewel of the Triple Crown TM; Laurel Park Racecourse, in Laurel, Maryland, which opened in 1911; and, Bowie Race Track in Bowie, Maryland, which opened as a race course in 1914 and ceased operations as a track in 1985. The track now serves as a training center for thoroughbred racehorses.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.  For more information and to register to attend go to To view the new “ASSE – A Century of Safety” film go to
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