Flynn, Maryland Horse Breeders Part Ways

Michael Flynn, executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, left the organization June 11. Flynn accepted the position earlier this year when Tim Capps resigned to take a position with the Maryland Jockey Club.

Michael Pons, president of the association, said June 18 it was a joint decision. The board of directors is scheduled to meet June 20 to decide on a future course of action.

"(Flynn) did a nice job for us, but the job is different than it used to be," Pons said. "We had a split on which direction to go. Rather than see the split widen, we said let's just agree to separate. Both of us left on pretty good terms."

Pons said the position now is "very political" in that it involves dealing with the MJC and legislative issues. At one time the executive vice president dealt primarily with running the Maryland Million and heading the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, but some of those responsibilities have gone to other people, Pons said.

Pons said the organization will develop a new job description, take a "cooling-off period," and then begin another search for a candidate. Flynn came from the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, where he served as executive director, and still has a house in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.