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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses...

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Cloud Computing wins the Preakness Stakes in front of a record crowd

As the starting gate opened for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire that shot out in front to take a side-by-side lead. The pair dueled it out in front for much of the race with Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing, a 12-1 long shot, stalking the leaders in third at the half mile point but then dropping to fourth behind Term of Art at the 2/3 mile marker. Classic Empire pulled ahead in the far turn and kept on running with Always Dreaming falling...

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Joe Clancy and Jim McCue recognized by MJC for their contributions to Maryland horse racing

We are off to the races! Literally, as The Equiery offices will be closed this afternoon so that the staff can head to Pimlico for the “Ultimate Girls Day Out:” The Black-eyed Susan Stakes, featuring all fillies (and mares) all day! As sporting fans around their world train their eyes on this weekend’s running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes, The Equiery is pleased to continue to focus those Marylanders behind the scenes who make the Preakness possible and who are an indelible part of the fabric of our equestrian community. Yesterday, the Maryland Jockey Club recognized two of our...

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Maryland: 2017 Open National Interscholastic Polo Champions

Apparently, no one really expected Maryland to win. On April 29, Maryland faced off against Houston the United States Polo Association’s Open Interscholastic National Championship, hosted this year by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, quickly scoring the first two goals. From USPA: Brennan Wells going straight to goal, followed quickly by teammate Parker Pearce executing a classic “walk the dog” team play. Houston’s Sloan Stefanakis sunk a beautiful backshot and Grayson Price tallied another from the field to keep it close. Bennan Wells then finished an end-to-end run to put Maryland up by one at the end of the...

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And it’s DERWINS PROSPECTOR in the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup!

  $100,000 purse. 20 horses nominated, 13 entered, 11 headed to the paddock, 10 started…and only two finished in what was a grueling duel for the wire, with Gerry L. Brewster’s Derwins Prospector edging out Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society to capture the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup; trained by Joe Davies, ridden by Gozangue Cottreau; photo by Isabel Kurek. You can more in The Baltimore Sun and on the National Steeplechase Association, but if you want to feel like you were there, the best of all articles to read is our friend and colleague Joe Clancy’s spectacular retelling in this week’s thisishorseracing.com, complete with fun facts and...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on tharacing.com, the official website for the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). The Maryland racing industry’s efforts to educate lawmakers and present a unified front paid off during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended April 10. The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act contained several provisions that, had they passed, would have shifted money from the Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a percentage of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos. On the table was a recommendation for the industry, not the state, to pay about $2.5 million for Maryland Racing...

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