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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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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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