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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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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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Board of Public Works Approves $1 Million to Fair Hill

Earlier this week, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved $1 million in funding for improvements at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the venue hosting a future 4* or 5* international three-day event. The venue is slated to become the second event at this level in the U.S. and only one of seven sites in the world. “The state is committed to bringing this world-renowned equestrian eventing competition to Cecil County and Fair Hill,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Working together with our friends...

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Alibi Breakfast: A Preakness Tradition

photos and text by Sara Gordon What started as a few trainers sipping coffee on the grandstand steps overlooking Old Hilltop and trading tidbits on who has the better horse, the Alibi Breakfast is a highlight of Preakness week. Held each Thursday before Preakness, the breakfast now showcases excellence in media with various awards being handed out. Oh… and those trainers still get a chance to boast on why their horse is the best of the Preakness field! This year, Jeannine Edwards, who served as senior horse racing reporter for ESPN and ABC for 16 years, providing extensive coverage...

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The Kentucky Oaks Connection

When six-year-old Liz Crow first sat on a pony at the Potomac Horse Center, she never dreamed that 23 years later she would be managing a string of successful stakes horses through BSW Bloodstock. Now 29 and living in Lexington, Kentucky, Liz grew up in Bethesda, MD, showing on the local circuits and foxhunting with her mother Rebecca Byers (former Howard County-Iron Bridge member now also living in Kentucky). “My grandparents took me to the races when I was around 8 and I just loved everything about it,” Liz said. Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Equine Business...

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