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About the Cover: A Brewster Family Hunt Cup History

When Derwins Prospector crossed the finish line at last year’s 121st Maryland Hunt Cup ahead of Drift Society by a nose, owner Gerry Leiper Brewster celebrated his first Hunt Cup win. Although this was Gerry’s first personal victory in 16 attempts, the Brewster family has a long history of successes at the Maryland Hunt Cup, which began over a century before Derwins Prospectors win last year. Gerry was born and raised on Worthington Farms, where the Hunt Cup has been run since 1922. Gerry’s parents Senator and Mrs. Daniel Brewster owned the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and...

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Maryland Racing Media Award Winners Honored at Laurel Park

More Maryland Thoroughbred racing awards were celebrated on February 17 during the Winter Carnival at Laurel Park with the Maryland Racing Media Association’s 2017 awards. MRMA is the nation’s oldest state-level racing media organization and was established in 1937. Fair Hill-based Irish War Cry was named Maryland-bases Horse of the Year for trainer Graham Motion and owner/breeder Isabelle de Tomaso. Irish War Cry won the Holy Bull (G2) and Wood Memorial (G2) in 2017. In addition, he ran second in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and is expected to make his 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at...

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Maryland Horse Breeders Association Announces 2017 Champions

Earlier this month, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced its 2017 Maryland-bred champions during its inaugural Renaissance Awards. This new awards celebration was a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club. The event was held on February 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore. Below are a list of the 2017 champions that were honored at the Renaissance Awards. Just Howard – Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Champion Turf Horse Just Howard, owned by Skeedattle Associates’ (based out of Clarksville), won the Commonwealth Derby (G3) at Laurel...

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Steeplechase National Award Winners

First published in the February 2018 Equiery Maryland steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher topped both trainer standings (by races won and by money won) with the National Steeplechase Association again this year. This was his fifth consecutive title and 11th overall. Out of 117 starts in 2017, Fisher-trained horses won 25 times, finished second 27 times and third 15 times for total earnings of $1,321,150. This is nearly double the second place finisher Ricky Hendriks for races won (14) and is twice as much as Elizabeth Voss for money won ($514,950). Darren Nagle earned his first NSA jockey title with...

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Maryland’s National Eventing Winners

At the end of the 2017 season, several Maryland eventers found themselves on various U.S. Eventing Association national leaderboards at Beginner Novice through Advanced. Marilyn Little and Colleen Rutledge, both from Frederick, made it onto the country’s Overall Top 50 riders list once again this year. Little was tied for 26th while Rutledge was ranked 32nd. Little’s main equine partner for 2017 was RF Scandalous, the mare owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. She topped the Top 10 Mares list for the second year in a row and was ranked 10th on the Top 10 Horses overall list. Confidence Game,...

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Scorpiancer wins Eclipse Award

The 8-year-old Scorpiancer, owned by Maryland’s Bruton Street-US, has recently been crowned the 2017 Eclipse Award for Steeplechase Horse of the Year. With just two starts in 2017, the Irish-bred Scorpaincer won two of the most prestigious jump races in the U.S. On April 22 he won the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (G3) in Middleburg, SC and on May 13, the Calvin Houghland Iroquoise Steeplechase (G1) at Percy Warner Park, just outside of Nashville, TN. Bruton Street-US is a partnership between Mike Hankin, Charlie Noell and Charlie Fenwick, Jr. Trained by¬† Jack Fisher, who won both NSA trainer titles this year, Scorpaincer was ridden by Sean McDermott. Scorpaincer’s 2017 season was cut short by a tendon injury but plans for a fall 2018 campaign are already in the words. Fisher told the Daily Racing Forum in early January, “He’s out in a field. He should be back.” Scorpaincer has already earned $455,360 in his career, which began in Great Britain in...

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