Horsing Around

A horse owned by several top county officials, including Fred Homan and Arnold Jablon, takes first place at Laurel.


He might not be Secretariat but a horse named Lil Mr. B did pretty well on his first time out for his owners, which include a who's who of top Baltimore County officials.

Lil Mr. B, a 4-year-old chestnut gelding, won the 7th race at Laurel Park (with video of the race) on March 9. The win netted about $19,000 for his owners, which include Suzanne Berger, an assistant county attorney.

Four other county officials—County Administrative Officer Fred Homan; Donna Morrison, the deputy county administrative officer; Arnold Jablon, director of Permits Approvals and Inspections, and Bob Barrett, a senior advisor to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston—own shares of the horse through a corporation known as Lil Mr. B LLC, according to financial disclosure records filed with the county and obtained by Patch.

Homan is known as somewhat of a. Last summer he was during a trail ride in northern Baltimore County.

The members of the group aren't the only county officials to race horses. James O'Neill, the director of the county Department of Corrections, also owns and races horses.

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lemmy winks March 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Why is it that the county executive has not been directly questioned about the double pension he and his cronies got. Is it too much to expect that he answer questions about the pension that taxpayers are funding. That is arrogance that knows no bounds. No conspiracies or lowest common denominators here, and I don't know any of the previous posters. But I do know that the Kamenetz pension is not only immoral, but illegal as well, and that point will be driven home when a lawsuit is filed, sworn testimony is taken, and everyone can find out the illegalities involved. I wonder how many people know just what was involved, and the back room deals that were cut to get these double pensions for these guys. And Mr. Homan is at the center of it all.
Paul Amirault March 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Buzz, the article is about a horse, nothing else. A 4 year old horse at that. They knew they would have to disclose it. It has nothing to do with anything else IMO. Do you know what all of your friends are doing? Of course not.
Buzz Beeler March 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Paul, exactly. Now, who started this - my warped mind bit? People should know about the subject of which they speak. If they don't, then be careful when you (not Paul) start calling me names, because I do know what I'm talking about. Everything I write about is documented. It is called research. Some of those victims are friends of mine. Oh by the way, I was a victim also, or just a number as the saying goes.
Calm down March 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Sure, Ginny, I mean Lemmy. Get a life.
Bart March 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Here we go again. Bryan looking for a big story, where not much exists. He even stated that it was a small piece, under 200 words for a big bang from the usual dolts. Buzz, and the usuall reactionaries respond not knowing the details. Knowing the business, I can tell you that it doesn't cost much for a group of people to invest in a horse that might run in a "claims race". If you don't know all the facts, you can't responsibly criticize. But when has that ever stopped some people?
Emma Norton March 14, 2012 at 02:59 AM
let's get it correct for anyone seeking to muddy the waters....Kevin Kamenetz is indirectly involved. He owns the jobs that pay these men. Both the hefty salary received by Homan and the illegal double pension being collected by Jablon, enabled these guys to share ownership of this horse. KEVIN KAMENETZ--THE ONE WHO HAS YET TO BE QUESTIONED BY THE MEDIA-- is surely the one responsible for the "luxuries" these men share.... Let's stop dancing around the topic and go for a real story with relevance and worth to the taxpayers....a story that explores where all this money is coming from in our administrative office at Baltimore County! ....Everyone else is struggling, yet Kamenetz and his boys seem to be doing just fine.... Why is that????? Let's research the real reason why Baltimore County's budget is in the toilet...
Buzz Beeler March 14, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Bart, let me say this, if one of your sons was the victim of some of these issues, I don't thing you would be singing the same tune. I know some of the victims and what they went through and still are going through. I love how easy it is for people who have never gone through any of this to defend the actions of these politicians while masking claims that we don't know what we are talking about. What is especially poignant is the same silence Ms. Costello was referring to in her reply to RMI with her comment of "Your silence is deafening.", is taking place here. I'm not a reactionary in serious issues involving topics like this. Ms. Costello chose to incite some issues and when faced with a challenge to back up those incitement filled remarks, she conveniently disappears, like most people - who can't stand the truth. Now since you opened the proverbial can of worms lets here from all of your wisdom on these issues. You know, all of the reasons you accuse others of "not knowing the details." Let's here those details? If Homan did to one of your family members what he has done to others, and you took the attitude you just did, then either you are a very weak and timid man, or a member of said group. But just like Ms. Costello, I suspect you won't have much to offer in the way of factual information. You never do. I guess I scared Ms. Costello away when I yelled.
Bart March 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
This article is about a HORSE. Nothing more, nothing less. This doesn't mention victims, and I don't know any details, either. It's about a HORSE.
fred r. March 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
horseracing is a sport & a buisness. There is MONEY involved. Should a supervisor of others be involved in a buisness (LLC )with those he or she supervises ?? Think about possibje implications.Appearencess are important too.
Buzz Beeler March 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Bart, I have a question about your comment of: "This article is about a HORSE. Nothing more, nothing less." The other names listed in the article, are they horses to? The way I read it was besides the horse's - name I mean - it was about who owned it including the name of the LLC. If you are going to refer to others who make comments as dolts, you might want to make sure you are dolt-less, otherwise you sound like Ms. Costello. By the way, what happened to her? All I did was ask a question. Emma, thought you might like to see this on the county's budget woes. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-budget-preview-20120312,0,6319009.story
Mr. Paul B March 14, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It seems Mr. Sears time could be better spent talking about DOJ investigations and the amount that has been payed out in taxpayer dollars attempting to defend poor decisions of our county leaders
M. Sullivan March 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Hey Bryan, I bet you didn't expect all this from your Lil Mr. B horse story!
Buzz Beeler March 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
M, you remember the words to this little song, - "A horse is a horse of course ..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLR4iZJLgc4 I thought I heard the ending, with the name of Ed or was it - never mind.
Meg O'Hare March 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This is not about hobbies and horses. It demonstrates the inbred nature of political relationships in Baltimore County, Maryland. They work and play together. Balltimore County government reminds me of South Africa: Still white with engineered black leadership in a few Baltimore County departments; still run by the politcal descendants of the good old boys from 1970. Remember Kevin Kamenetz was the driver for Ted Venatoulis and now he is the County Executive. Kamenetz has his sights set on Maryland Attorney General next I guess. Don't let the fact that there is one black and two women on the County Council fool you. The overwhelming power in Baltimore County still rests with the County Executive who is the most powerful County Executive in Maryland.
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 15, 2012 at 03:16 PM
While we are at it, perhaps these lover of horses and other friends in high places could weigh in on preventing "horse slaughter houses" from being activated here in the Great State of Maryland. Word is that the effort to do so has been given votes of approval by Senators Cardin and Mikulski.
K Blue March 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It is about hobbies and horses. You are making too much of this. People invest in many things, either individually or collectively. If someone is going to enter in a collective investment, why cant people who work together do the same without people overanalyzing it? It seem natural to me that coworkers or people who run in the same circles with common outside interests would choose to invest in something together. There's nothing wrong with it. Coworkers can be like family -- you spend a large portion of your life with them. There is nothing wrong with working and "playing" together. I also think you are giving the County Council too little credit and the County Executive too much. This is the most independent council collectively this County has seen in a long time.
Bart March 15, 2012 at 03:34 PM
K Blue, you are right. I've known some people who have been part owners of racehorses, and it is just a hobby for them. Not terribly expensive, either, often less than country club dues. And it supports a long standing and venerable industry in Maryland. Many of the people complaining about this have their own personal axes to grind.
Bart March 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Good idea.
K Blue March 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Bart, it is a shared interest just like book clubs, poker games, boating, season tickets and NCAA/NFL/MLB bracket pools (to name a few) are a common shared hobby/interest among coworkers. I would not characterize people who engage in those activities together as "inbred" which is why I chimed in.
Bart March 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Agreed. It can also be a whole lot of fun for many generations of a family on a beautiful, sunny day at the track.
Buck Harmon March 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Buck Harmon March 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Buck Harmon March 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
A shits & giggles investment....at best...
Lablover March 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Meg, you are wrong that the overwhelming power in Baltimore County still rests with the County Executive. He does not run the county, the Administrative Officer Fred Homan does.
Buck Harmon March 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
These kinds of investments are ..for the most part made with tax purposes in mind. Nothing wrong with that......I don't think that Bryan thought that this would be taken so seriously by some..
Buck Harmon March 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The title.."Horsing Around" says a lot.....Thanks for dangling the carrot Bryan !
Jose Escalante March 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I thought it is an article about a horse. How did it become political?
Buzz Beeler March 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
It is about a horse along with the byproducts.
Buck Harmon March 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hopefully these "byproducts" will help with improving the very soil that we trample....stinky at first...fertile at last.......hopefully..
Buzz Beeler March 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Buck a perfect ten on that reply. There is more politics in horse racing then there is hay in the barn. We're just trying to make sure the barn don't burn down.


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