The Bob Baffert trained Fiftyshadesofhay, owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman, came from behind to win the 89th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Grade II race at Pimlico Racecourse today with Joel Rosario in the irons.
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The Equiery extends its sincerest condolences to Maryland steeplechase trainer Alicia Murphy, whose father (a longtime member of the Green Spring Valley Hounds), A. Herman (Humpy) Stump, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Alicia’s mother, Louise Warfield Stump, died on December 31, 2012. Funeral services for Mr. Stump will be held at St. John’s Church in Reisterstown, at 3 PM on Friday, May 17. Donations may be made to St. John’s in his honor.
On Tuesday, May 14, racing fans gathered at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring for an evening dedicated to honoring equine excellence. The evening began with a live taping of ESPN.com’s “In the Gate,” a podcast panel discussion on the controversy behind Secretariat’s record-breaking time at the 1973 Preakness Stakes. On the panel were Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery and jockey Ron Turcotte also with biographer Bill Nack and several racing analysts, journalist and representatives from the Maryland Jockey Club.
Ryan Lasek photo of Orb winning the Kentucky Derby!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 was a glorious day for Maryland’s Thoroughbred connections, with triumphs in two of racing’s most prestigious events: The Kentucky Derby and the Virginia Gold Cup.
Going For the Gold
Starting closest to home, Michael Wharton’s Grinding Speed, with Mark Beecher in the irons, handily won the 88th running of the Virginia Gold Cup by 6 3/4 lengths over Straight To It, making that back-to-back wins for the Maryland-bred over the Great Meadow course after last fall’s victory in the International Gold Cup. The win was a trifecta of Maryland connections, as the seven-year-old grey gelding is owned, trained and ridden by Marylanders.
It has certainly been a heady spring for Reisterstown jockey Mark Beecher, with his claiming of the Maryland Hunt Cup the week prior aboard Mr. Maxwell. Indeed, the only bobble this year for the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup Overall Rider of the Year, Leading Timber Rider and Leading Amateur Rider was a tumble at My Lady’s Manor aboard Grinding Speed, which obviously has stopped neither the horse nor his rider (despite a broken collarbone) in their spring barnstorming tours.
A son of Grindstone, Grinding Speed was bred for the flat, but switched to the jumps in 2010, winning his first over the hurdles at Potomac that year before the pair switched to the sticks, and since then, with the Manor as the only exception, the Hunt Valley-based Alicia Murphy-trained horse has finished first or second every time. (It is no surprise to see a touch of Turn-To in the bloodlines of this timber horse.)
First Crown for Orb
Maryland connections continued to triumph, from over the sticks to around the oval, as Orb captured the 139th running of The Kentucky Derby. Although bred in Kentucky, Orb’s sire, Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy x Macoumba) has deep Maryland roots. Malibu Moon was purchased by the Pons family and originally stood at Country Life Farm in Bel Air. When his popularity began to increase, he was shipped to Kentucky where he now stands at Spendthrift Farm. Looking at Orb’s pedigree, you also see ties to Maryland-bred Native Dancer of Sagamore Farm when the Vanderbilts were in residence.
Meanwhile, Orb’s owner, Butler-based Stuart Janney III, has an equally illustrious Maryland pedigree, as his father (Stuart Janney Jr.) has won four Maryland Hunt Cups, the first in 1935 aboard Mrs. W. A. Wadsworth’s Hotspur, and then three consecutive wins in the ’40s aboard his own Winton. Janney, Jr. and Janney III have played prominent roles in both Maryland and U.S. Thoroughbred racing, with Junior having served as chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission and president of the Maryland Breeders association, and his son serving as a vice chairman of The Jockey Club and chairman of its safety committee.
Now the buzz around the news wires is all about who is going to enter the 138th Preakness Stakes to challenge the Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
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by Ann E, Dwyer, DVM, president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners
The American Association of Equine Practitioners Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council is working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Congress to ensure that veterinarians can provide complete care to their animal patients. The recent introduction of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), we have the opportunity to make an impact.
As large animal veterinarians, most of us have frequent need to use controlled substances to treat our patients at the stables, ranches, farms and other sites where they live. However, the provisions of the existing Controlled Substances Act (CSA) make it illegal for any veterinarian to transport and/or use controlled substances outside of the DEA license location that is registered for that individual. This means that it is currently illegal for veterinarians to carry and use these vital medications for pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia on farms, at house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or in ambulatory response situations.
Veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, many veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally administer controlled substances away from their registry site. The DEA has already notified some veterinarians in California and Washington State that they are in violation of this law.
We encourage you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528). This act would amend the CSA that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat their animal patients outside of their registered locations.
Please join us in telling Congress that veterinarians need to be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of their animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, but for public safety.
The link below takes you to the AVMA Legislative Action Center where you can easily express your support of H.R. 1528. Contact information for your representative(s) is generated automatically by your zip code and a message which you may edit is provided.
Thank you for your advocacy.
Patrick Smithwick wins Seventh Annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award
Writer, teacher, photographer and lifelong horseman Patrick Smithwick has been awarded the seventh annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, for his 2012 autobiographical workFlying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing.
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An Equiery Plea to Maryland Attorneys Who Own Horses
More lawyers who happen to be horse people to join the Maryland State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and/or at attend the 4thAnnual MSBA Animal Law Symposium.
As many regular readers of The Equiery are aware, there is a fundamental philosophical difference between advocates for animal rights and advocates for animal welfare.
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On April 2, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it has temporarily suspended processing most petitions for new H-2B temporary non-agricultural workers. This announcement was in response to a court decision issuing a permanent injunction against certain parts of the current Department of Labor (DOL) rule governing H-2B program wage rates.
This will effectively prevent most H-2B employers, including those in the horse industry, from hiring any new H-2B workers for at least 30 days. H-2B workers currently in the country will not be impacted.
On March 21, 2013, a judge in Pennsylvania granted a permanent injunction against the 2008 H-2B wage rule that is currently used to issue “prevailing wage determinations” and gave DOL 30 days to come into compliance with the Court order. H-2B employers must receive a “prevailing wage determination” as part of the process to bring an H-2B worker into the county. The DOL will continue to process some prevailing wage requests not subject to the court order, such as those based on Collective Bargaining Agreements, acceptable private wage surveys, the Service Contract Act or the Davis Bacon act.
DOL has said they plan to issue a new emergency wage rule within 30 days.
The AHC and other H-2B user groups are looking at all options to ensure the H-2B program resumes processing new applications as soon as possible.
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