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Preakness Bonus and Pimlico Titles

Motion Wins Stakes at Pimlico & Trainer Bonus Although the Black-Eyed Susan is certainly the richest race on the day’s card, it was the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 18 that really got the crowd going, as Maryland-based Irish War Cry dominated the 1 and 3/16 mile race to win for owner/breeder Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso. The four-year-old Curlin colt, who finished second in the Belmont Stakes in 2017, is trained by H. Graham Motion out of the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Irish War Cry also won both the Holy Bull Stakes and Wood Memorial last year....

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The Licensing Game: State and County Stable Licenses

first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery A common question among horse owners in Maryland is whether or not they must be licensed. Often this question is directed towards state stable licenses, which fall under the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Maryland has been licensing stables since 1968, and in 1998 the authority to license and inspect stables was given to the newly established Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB). However, in recent months, there have also been many questions surrounding county stable licenses. At this time, only Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Baltimore Counties require stable licenses, though the definition of a “stable” varies slightly from county to county. Although these definitions might vary, the one common theme among all three counties as well as the state is the welfare of the horses. It is to help ensure the safety and care of the horses that the state and these counties require licenses. The Purpose All 23 counties in Maryland offer some sort of animal control or humane society, however, not all these are equipped to deal specifically with equine welfare, which is where the Maryland Horse Industry Board steps in to fill the void. According to the Code of Maryland Regulations for the Department of Agriculture, Title 15, Subtitle 16, Chapter 01, (COMAR 15.16.01.01) the purpose of state stable licensing is to “insure the humane treatment of horses and the...

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Horseman’s Son Wins Gold in PyeongChang

first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery The Winter Olympics continued in South Korea at the end of March with the PyeongChang Paralympics, where 18-year-old Noah Grove of Frederick helped Team USA’s Sled Hockey team earn gold! Noah, son of Maryland-based Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Chris Grove, had his left leg amputated below the knee when he was five years old due to bone cancer. When he was diagnosed, the Maryland racing community came together to create the “Noah Fund” and raised more than $120,000 to assist with his needs. Grove did not let the amputation stop him and found success in Sled Hockey. He has been on several medal winning Sled Hockey teams for the US, earning a Silver Medal in 2017 at the World Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. He was also on the winning US teams for the World Sled Hockey Challenges in 2016 and 2017. Both those championships were held in Canada. Grove and Team USA also competed, and won again in Italy earlier this year at the Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament. At the Paralympics, Team USA tied Team Canada with only 35 seconds left in regulation time. They scored a goal in sudden death to win the Gold...

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Rosecroft Raceway Leading the Way for Females

By Gina Maybee (first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery) As we celebrated Women’s History month in March, one does not hear much about women holding positions of authority in the historically male dominant sport of horse racing. However, at Rosecroft that is what is happening. In August of 2016, Rosecroft Raceway was purchased by The Stronach Group, whose chairman and president is the successful businesswoman Belinda Stronach. Many in the Thoroughbred world are aware of her accomplishments, but the harness industry may not be since this is their first venture into harness racing. Belinda has held many powerful positions in another male dominated automotive industry. In 2010, Belinda shifted her focus from the automotive industry and became a leader in world-class horse racing, entertainment and pari-mutuel wagering technology. Her vision leads the way for the horse racing industry with the younger generation and women. Working on the day-to-day success at Rosecroft, the Director of Operations Lisa Watts, is a force to be reckoned with. Lisa started her career as a teller in 1987 at Rosecroft. As a teller, she has worked at every track in Maryland both Thoroughbred and Standardbred. After 30 years working in the horse racing business, she has worked as a horsemen’s bookkeeper to mutuels manager. Her experience and expertise of making a racetrack run streamlined and efficiently is part of the success of Rosecroft....

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Kent Co. Horseman Honored at Chino Chase

By David Turner with photo by Louisa Emerick (first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery) Washington College’s Equestrian Team presented Master of Foxhounds Ed Fry the “Kent County Cup”. The 1836 English silver trophy is annually awarded to a person whose love of horses and contributions to the equine industry on the upper Shore merit recognition by the Chestertown Horsemen’s Club. “Clearly, Fry’s volunteerism and his lifetime dedication to equine sports from his home base, Rose Hill Farm, make him the County’s most prominent horseman,” says the Chestertown Club’s founder Dave Turner. Judges and venues for the Chestertown Horsemen’s...

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Two Down, One to Go for Justify

On a sloppy track at Pimlico this evening, Mike Smith and Justify added the second jewel of the Triple Crown to their hats beating out Bravazo and Good Magic at the wire! Trained by the legendary Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Justify (owned by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing  and China Horse Club) broke well from the gate and moved to an early lead with Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown, falling into stride right beside him. The two quickly turned the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes into a match race, running side by...

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