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The People Behind Preakness

With well over 100,000 people converging on Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for one important race day in May and billions watching around the world, the Preakness Stakes is very much in the spotlight. The pressure is high to put on a good show and the race goes off each year without a hitch only because of the people behind the Preakness. These men and women hold all kinds of jobs from general manager to track farrier to pony riders and each and every one of them makes the second jewel in the Triple Crown the people’s party, the race that horsemen and spectators alike often say is just plain done right. Each year we catch up with a few of these people to chat about their roles at the Preakness stakes, memories and more. (first appeared in the May 2017 issue of The Equiery) Assistant General Manager Tim Luzius Although Tim Luzius has only recently been named Assistant General Manager for the Maryland Jockey Club, he has been a member of the MJC family for 30 years. Tim got his start at the racetrack as a mutuel teller in 1988 when he and his brother answered an ad in the paper while looking for part-time work. “I started by just working some of the bigger races at Pimlico, Laurel and nights at Freestate, the harness track,” Tim explained....

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Secret Lives

The Secret Lives of Maryland Horse People What they do when they are not doing horses! Do you have a passion outside of horses? Email a photo and caption to editor@equiery.com for future editions. Melanie Biemiller Runner Melanie Biemiller, executive director of Maryland Horse Rescue, finds stress release in running. She ran her first marathon at age 50 and has also run several half-marathons. Melanie also ran a 200-mile, 36-hour relay race from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC! (appeared in the March 2017 issue of The Equiery) Fritz Boniface Singer & Musician Jump jockey Fritz Boniface of Havre de Grace sings and plays the guitar. (appeared in the Nov. 2016 issue of The Equiery) John Brophy Musician Kiser Scholar and steeplechase jockey John Brophy (far left) playing the fiddle at Fair Hill International. (appeared in the Oct. 2016 issue of The Equiery) Sheila Jackson Brown Singer Green Spring Hounds MFH Sheila Jackson Brown singing at the MSA Governor’s Cup awards reception. (appeared in the Oct. 2016 issue of The Equiery) William "Beaver" Brown Basketball Periwinkle Farm manager William “Beaver” Brown, pictured here with boarder Jean Peterson, shows off his basketball skills each year at the Howard County Fair. (appeared in the Oct. 2016 issue of The Equiery) Gretchen Butts Runner Waredaca co-owner and eventing judge/official Gretchen Butts, pictured here completing the Disney Half Marathon this past January, is an...

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Jody Petty 25 Years of Racing Memories

by Katherine O. Rizzo (First Appeared in the June 2017 Issue of The Equiery)    When you pull up Jody Petty’s race record on Central Entry Office, it is 30 pages long! Thirty pages of very small print! The database states that he has had 1281 starts in his two and a half decades as a jump jockey. And that is all by a man who says he “sort of just fell into the sport.” Originally from Elkton, Petty now lives just over the border in Unionville, PA and officially retired from steeplechasing at this year’s Fair Hill Point-to-Point...

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A peek at the people behind the Preakness

by Katherine O. Rizzo with photos by Jim McCue (first appeared in the May 2017 print edition of The Equiery; #Preakness2017) With well over 100,000 people converging on Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for one important race day in May and billions watching around the world, the Preakness Stakes is very much in the spotlight. The pressure is high to put on a good show and the race goes off each year without a hitch only because of the people behind the Preakness. These men and women hold all kinds of jobs from general manager to track farrier to pony riders...

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Who’s Who in Equine Studies

Dr. Charlie Apter Dr. Apter joined the faculty of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at University of Maryland College Park in August 2012 as Livestock Lecturer. He received a BS from Clemson University and a PhD in Animal Science (Equine) from Texas A&M University, after which he taught for 11 years in NE Missouri at Truman State University where he managed a 45-head university-owned horse herd. He was then named Director of Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, TX, where he worked for five years before joining the faculty at University of Maryland. He...

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Who’s Who on the Maryland Horse Industry Board

Maryland Horse Industry Board • 410-841-5861 • http://mda.maryland.gov/horseboard/Pages/horse_board.aspx Established by legislation in 1998, the Maryland Horse Industry Board, housed within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, functions as a commodity board to help develop and promote the state’s horse industry. To understand more about what the board can and cannot do, and how it differs from the Maryland Horse Council, please visit equiery.com. Board members are appointed by the Governor to represent different segments of the horse industry; these segments are outlined in the law authorizing the Board. The Maryland Department of Agriculture and other interested parties can make recommendations...

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