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MHBA Elects New Board Officers

On July 9, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced the election of three new members of the board of directors. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade was elected vice president; and Kent Allen Murray was elected secretary and treasurer. Dr. Harrison owns Willowdale Farm in Butler and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 35 years. Harrison earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. He breeds, races and owns Thoroughbreds and served on the MHBA board from 2009-2016. He has also served as chairman of MHBA’s Legislative Committee. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is also a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Wade is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, as well as Northview PA in Peach Bottom, PA. In addition, he is the manager of Sycamore Hall Farm and is a Thoroughbred sales agent. Wade was the former yearling manager at Ryehill Farm and was an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College. He has served on the MHBA board since 2016 and is a member of the association’s Sales Committee, Stallion Committee, Events Committee and Yearling Show Committee. He was also on the...

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Hale Named VP of Racing Development; Merz new MD Racing Secretary

Breaking news from the Maryland Jockey Club! MJC announced this afternoon that longtime Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Georganne Hale has been named Vice President of Racing Development while Chris Merz, assistant racing secretary at Los Alamitos, has been named as Maryland’s new Racing Secretary. Hale became the first and only woman to serve as racing secretary at a major North American racetrack in 2000. Hale first started working at the Maryland Jockey Club in 1984 as assistant racing secretary. In 1986, she was named racing secretary at Timonium and then was promoted to the position of...

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Cindy Halle Named US Polo Associations’ Woman of the Year

(First published in June 2018 issue of The Equiery) In Maryland, Cindy Halle may be best known as former coach of Garrison Forrest School’s polo teams, but her dedication to the sport of polo goes much further. She is a player, umpire, clinician and even a certified trainer to train other polo instructors. Since she first started playing nearly four decades ago, she has helped grow the sport in many ways. For her role within the US polo community, the US Polo Association recently named her their Woman of the Year. Halle said, “The award is not just for playing,...

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Preakness Bonus and Pimlico Titles

Motion Wins Stakes at Pimlico & Trainer Bonus Although the Black-Eyed Susan is certainly the richest race on the day’s card, it was the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 18 that really got the crowd going, as Maryland-based Irish War Cry dominated the 1 and 3/16 mile race to win for owner/breeder Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso. The four-year-old Curlin colt, who finished second in the Belmont Stakes in 2017, is trained by H. Graham Motion out of the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Irish War Cry also won both the Holy Bull Stakes and Wood Memorial last year....

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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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