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Live Racing at Pimlico Starts Today!

Today marks the opening of the Preakness meet as live racing returns to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The spring stakes schedule offers 15 stakes races with $3.7 million in purses. Highlighted by the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), will take place on May 19 with the spring meeting ending Memorial Day, May 28. Preakness Day its self offer eight stakes races, four graded, including the Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3) and Gallorette. On Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 18, the card holds seven stakes races, four graded; the Pimlico Special (G3),...

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Little Emerges at Top US Rider at Land Rover 4*

At this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the leaderboard jumped around after each phase with England’s Oliver Townend taking home the win aboard Cooley Master Class. After jumping double clean on cross-country, the pair moved up to third heading into the final show jump round while previous winners Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST took over the lead from Frederick’s Marilyn Little. Jung added only 0.4 time faults to his dressage score while Little and RF Scandalous ended up with 8 time faults, dropping into sixth. Little jumped double clean in show jumping to move up to third place....

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Senior Senator wins Second Hunt Cup

On the last Saturday in April, nine horses lined up under starters orders at the 122nd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup. With Eric Poretz in the irons, Irvin L. Crawford II’s Senior Senator took an early lead and never gave it up to win his second Hunt Cup in three years. It was trainer Joe Davies’ third Hunt Cup win in a row with Senior Senator winning in 2016 and Derwins Prospector (owned by Gerry L. Brewster) winning in 2017. After getting stuck in traffic in 2017 and falling at the third fence, Poretz kept Senior Senator to...

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Little Leads Land Rover KY 3Day

Maryland’s own Marilyn Little rode RF Scandalous on Friday afternoon to top the dressage phase at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, currently the country’s only CCI 4* event. The pair scored an impressive 24.8, besting previous winners Michael Jung of Germany and Fischerrocana FST, who scored a 27.1. It is rumored that Little’s score is a Kentucky 3Day record! During the afternoon press conference, Little said of her mount, “I was excited to go on Friday afternoon and knew she could handle it well. She was very businesslike, and it was a great ride. She was looking to...

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11 set to run in $100,000 Hunt Cup

The 122nd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup is set to take place this Saturday, April 28 in Glyndon with 11 entries looking to capture a portion of the $100,000 purse. The field is made up of a mix of Hunt Cup newbies and several horses that have been around the 4-mile timber course before. Previous winners looking to take home another victory are Gerry Brewster’s Derwins Prospector (2017) and Skip Crawford’s Senior Senator (2016). Both horses will be ridden by their Hunt Cup winning jockeys with Frenchman Gonzague back in the country for Derwins Prospector and Eric Poretz up on Senior Senator. Both horses are also trained by Hunt Cup winning trainer and rider Joe Davies. After some previous bad Hunt Cup luck, finishing second in a photo finish in 2014 and then being disqualified after loosing a weight pad in 2015, Bethany Baumgardner and Imperial Way are entered for Merriefield Farm and trainer Elizabeth Voss and have their eyes set on a win. Armata Stable’s Joshua G, who showed a commanding lead in 2015 to finish fourth behind the winner Raven’s Choice, has a new jockey this year with Eddie Keating. The twelve-year-old gelding is trained by Katherine Neilson. Armata Stable’s second entry on the card is Wildcatter, also trained by Elizabeth Voss and set to be ridden by Major Harry Wallace. This is both Keating and...

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Ebanour & Certain Swagger Lead MSA Open Timber Standings

With two races completed and horses set to run at The My Lady’s Manor and Fair Hill Point to Point this weekend, the Maryland Steeplechase Association Governor’s Cup Series standings are already shaping up in an exciting season. Irvin Naylor’s Ebanour (pictured above) and Jeremy Batoff’s Certain Swagger are currently leading the Open Timber standings with six points each. Ebanour won in the stretch of the Edward S. Voss Memorial Open Timber this past weekend at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Point to Point while Certain Swagger dueled it out to win the Green Spring Valley Hunt Cup Frank A. Bonsal...

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