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MD Racing Commission Rejects Reduced Racing

“What’s the difference if we’re dead, shot by 100 bullets, or one to the head? We’re still dead.” Richard Hoffberger to the Maryland Racing Commission, November 29, 2010 On November, 29, 2010, before 300 horsemen and women, the State of Maryland, via the Maryland Racing Commission, unanimously rejected the Laurel/Pimlico proposal presented by owners MI Developments & the Maryland Jockey Club for a drastically truncated racing schedule. Appalled commissioner David Hayden told MI Development, Inc. and proposed investor and business partner Penn National Gaming, Inc. said, “You guys just flat out don’t give a damn!” Testifying against MI Development’s plan were representative from the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Horse Council. Summing up the position for all was MTHA’s president Richard Hoffberger who said, “These two short meets are tantamount to no meets at all.” In rejecting the 2011 racing plan, the Commission also rejected Penn National as a part owner of and an investor in the Maryland Jockey Club. As of today, there is no live Thoroughbred racing scheduled for 2011 in Maryland. It is expected that the Maryland Jockey Club/MI Developments will present a new proposal before the Christmas holidays. It is unclear whether or not Penn National will be part of that plan. To read more: The Daily Record The Blood-Horse The Maryland Horse Council The Baltimore Sun The...

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Libertytown Standoff Leaves 1 Dead

Veronica L. Harding-Perkins of Libertytown, died on June 17 after a six-hour standoff outside her home. Harding-Perkins used to own and operate Town and Country Stables, a hunter and jumper barn in Frederick County. She was also featured on the February 2007 cover of The Equiery. Police were called to the home by her husband Dean Perkins after a domestic dispute began late Wednesday evening. Perkins reported to police that she had been drinking, they argued and that she had access to several guns. Neighbors witnessed several household items being thrown out windows into the street. The Associated Press stated that when police approached the house, Harding-Perkins pointed a gun at them from the doorway. Shots were fired, Harding-Perkins was hit and then a police barricade was set up until the Maryland Special Tactical Assault Team Element forced their way into the house using tear gas around 5 a.m. Thursday morning. Harding-Perkins was found dead on the dining room floor. An investigation into the shooting is still being conducted. Perkins has gone on record as stating that he is outraged by how the situation was handled. Frederick News Post...

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BREAKING NEWS: The Ultimate Lady Legend, Kathy Kusner, to join the Lady Legends Turfside Lunch at the Black-Eyed Susan!

One of the greatest female equestrians ever, Kathy Kusner, will be joining us at Turfside Terrace Lady Legend Lunch, this Friday, May 14, at the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico Race Course! In addition to being the first licensed female jockey in the United States (after a groundbreaking 1968 lawsuit) and the first female to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup (the world’s biggest timber race), Kusner rode on three Olympic show jumping teams (silver medal in Munich ’72) and in two Pan Am Games   Her combined show jumping career, flat track and steeplechase career certainly make her the epitome of the Lady Legend! So, if you were playing with the idea of going, but had not yet made up your mind, now is the time to decide…the opportunity to meet all these legendary female riders may never happen again.  Believe me, if I didn’t close The Equiery offices and take everyone to this lunch, my staff would string me up by my toes. This is really a big deal! So, it IS going to be a great day, and many of our friends and clients have already purchased either tables (Stable Tables are $900 each for 10 seats) or individual tickets ($100 each), the Turfside Terrace is quite spacious and there are still plenty of tickets and tables available. We understand that there have been some problems ordering tickets…DO...

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Maryland Equestrian Community Loses Elder Statesman Hal C.B. Clagett

Hal C.B. Clagett, horseman, breeder, foxhunter, lawyer, and an equestrian community icon once referred to as”the most respected man in Maryland’s racing industry,” pass away yesterday, February 1, 2010. He was 94. Clagett began breeding thoroughbreds at Weston in Prince George’s County, which was established in 1670 by a land grant to the Clagett family. Weston today is overseen today by Clagett’s son, Hal Jr., after Hal Sr. married Jeanne F. Begg in a second marriage, and moved to her Roedown Farm in Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County. Roedown hosts the annual Marlborough Race Meet, chaired by his niece, Christy Clagett, MFH of the Marlborough Hunt Club. Christy was introduced as a child to the sport of foxhunting by her uncle, then an honorary whipper-in for Marlborough. Although he has bred and raced numerous champions (including, but not limited to, the famous Little Bold John), Hal C.B. Clagett will go down in Maryland history as the man who revolutionized the Maryland Thoroughbred industry. In 1962, Clagett authored and shepherded the legislation that created the groundbreaking Maryland Bred Fund, codifying in law the percentages for the track, the state and the horsemen. This legislation helped to make Maryland one of the most (and some would argue the most) preeminent states for the breeding of Thoroughbreds, and other states scrambled to duplicate Maryland’s success. There will be a memorial reception, Thursday,...

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Happy 2010! Cordish Christmas Gift, De Francis Denied, Auction Delays

The Cordish Companies were delivered a Christmas gift on December 22 when Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold signed Bill 82-08, granting Cordish’s zoning request to allow his Arundel Mills casino site to move forward. To read more, see the January issue of The Equiery or click on this link: Washington Post Explains Use of Paid Signature Gatherers by Jockey Club Meanwhile, horsemen and pundits eagerly (some nervously) awaiting the January 8 Magna bankruptcy auction for Laurel Park, Pimilco Racecourse and the Bowie Training Center will have to once again put their expectations in park, as yesterday Magna requested that the court delay the auction – ostensibly so that Magna could reach a preliminary private deal with one of the potential bidders of the property.  Privately, however, horsemen are wondering if the delay is so that Magna can have enough time to gin up enough signatures of Arundel Mill residents to nullify the Cordish zoning exemption. In the midst of all of this, according to various news reports, the bankruptcy judge overseeing the Magna case has declared that the deal Joe De Francis made with Magna (when the international company purchased the tracks from the De Francis family) for a piece of any slots action can not be transferred to a new owner. Unless De Francis purchases the tracks himself, he will not gain in the future from...

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Obituary for Linda W. Reynolds, 1942 – 2009

A freak tragic incident took the life of beloved Linda W. Reynolds while vacationing in Arizona with her husband Walter and relatives on November 11, 2009.  She was age 67. Linda leaves behind a shocked and grieving community. She had been secretary, office manager, and Chief Financial Officer for her husband’s landscape architecture office since 1976.  Horses and her life have been intertwined since her adolesence —teaching and riding professionally in Massachusetts while whipping -in for Nashoba Hunt.  Interrupted by service with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, horses returned to her life when she married Walter and moved to Maryland in 1970. While living in Maryland, Linda showed her homebred mare “Under the Weather” to Grand Champion Amateur Owner and Working Hunter awards in 1975.  Within several years, she and her husband bred the Maryland Thoroughbred Yearling Champion. During the period of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, Linda combined 29 years work with the John Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Pediatric Genetics Laboratory with being organizer of the M.C.T.A. horse trials for 25 years, and U.S.E.A. Area II Chairwoman from 1994 to 96.  Giving back to the sport of riding continued as the present Treasurer for Area II Young Riders Program, volunteering at local events and Fair Hill International 2009. During this time, Linda and her husband hunted their home country with the Mount Carmel Hounds and Green Spring Valley...

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