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Legendary Maryland Equine Sporting Photographer & Writer, Peter Winants, Dies At 82

by Margaret Worrall Well known editor, author and steeplechasing expert Peter Winants, age 82, died on May 18, at his home in Rectortown, Virginia, following a long battle with Hodgkin’s disease. Born 1926 in Baltimore to Frances Bonsal and Peter Winants, the younger Peter was ultimately raised on My Lady’s Manor by his widowed mother and her second husband, noted horseman S. Bryce Wing. Winants attended Pomfret School in Connecticut and Princeton University. Following a stint in the Army in WWII, Winants opened a successful photography business in Baltimore with his brother, Garry. In the beginning  photographing horses and equine sports were only a small part of their work, but soon Peter Winants added freelance jobs, including writing, fulfilling his pent-up passion for racing, especially steeplechasing and he was soon a regular contributor to The Maryland Horse. His first book was Jay Trump, A Steeplechasing Saga, a perceptively written story accented by Winants’ photographs of the 1965 English Grand National and Crompton “Tommy” Smith, the first American rider in the race’s history to win that event. There are now four additional books by Winants in print: Flatterer; Foxhunting with Melvin Poe; Steeplechasing, A Complete History of the Sport in North America;  and  The Sporting Art of Franklin B. Voss. At the time of his death he was working on a new book about the legendary Virginia horsewoman and Piedmont...

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What You Need to Know for the 134th Preakness Stakes

When, What, Where… This Saturday, May 16, is the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown, held at Pimlico in Baltimore. Will Mine That Bird take home his second win on his way to a Triple Crown victory? Be there and find out! The Players (in order of post position) HORSE/TRAINER / JOCKEY/ RECORD /EARNINGS Big Drama/David Fawkes/ John Velazquez/ 7-5-1-1 /$890,250 Mine That Bird/Chip Woolley/Mike Smith/ 9-5-1-0 /$1,791,581 Musket Man/Derek/Ryan Eibar Coa /7-5-0-2/ $772,600 Luv Gov / D. Wayne Lukas /Jamie Theriot/ 10-1-3-1/ $62,896 Friesan Fire /Larry Jones/Gabriel Saez/8-4-1-1 /$603,265 Terrain /Al Stall Jr/ Jeremy Rose /8-3-1-1 /$512,084 Papa Clem /Gary Stute /Rafael Bejarano /7-2-2-0/ $890,940 General Quarters/ Tom McCarthy/ Julien Leparoux/ 12-3-3-1/ $641,735 Pioneerof the Nile /Bob Baffert/ Garrett Gomez /9-5-1-1 /$1,634,200 Flying Private /D. Wayne Lukas /Alan Garcia /11-1-4-0 /$193,080 Take the Points /Todd Pletcher /Edgar Prado /6-2-2-0 /$156,190 Tone It Down /William Komlo /Kent Desormeaux /6-2-2-1 /$54,720 Rachel Alexandra /Steve Asmussen /Calvin Borel /10-7-2-0 /$958,354 Hometown Horse In the 12th post position this Saturday will be the hometown horse Tone It Down. The three-year-old colt is owned by Potomac’s Deborah and Mike Horning of M and D Stables and trained by Deborah’s father, former University of Maryland fullback, Willliam Komlo. This is their first Preakness entry. The colt has strong ties to Maryland in his linage as well. He...

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