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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses...

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Cloud Computing wins the Preakness Stakes in front of a record crowd

As the starting gate opened for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire that shot out in front to take a side-by-side lead. The pair dueled it out in front for much of the race with Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing, a 12-1 long shot, stalking the leaders in third at the half mile point but then dropping to fourth behind Term of Art at the 2/3 mile marker. Classic Empire pulled ahead in the far turn and kept on running with Always Dreaming falling...

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Joe Clancy and Jim McCue recognized by MJC for their contributions to Maryland horse racing

We are off to the races! Literally, as The Equiery offices will be closed this afternoon so that the staff can head to Pimlico for the “Ultimate Girls Day Out:” The Black-eyed Susan Stakes, featuring all fillies (and mares) all day! As sporting fans around their world train their eyes on this weekend’s running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes, The Equiery is pleased to continue to focus those Marylanders behind the scenes who make the Preakness possible and who are an indelible part of the fabric of our equestrian community. Yesterday, the Maryland Jockey Club recognized two of our...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on tharacing.com, the official website for the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). The Maryland racing industry’s efforts to educate lawmakers and present a unified front paid off during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended April 10. The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act contained several provisions that, had they passed, would have shifted money from the Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a percentage of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos. On the table was a recommendation for the industry, not the state, to pay about $2.5 million for Maryland Racing...

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Racing’s Equine Medical Director: Victim of Legislative Chaos?

by Frank Vespe; originally appeared on theracingbiz.com; reprinted and reposted with permission of Frank Vespe Legislation that would have created an equine medical director position in Maryland has been withdrawn, victim to the fast-moving chaos of the legislative session. The bill, supporters decided, was “untimely,” as Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) president Sal Sinatra termed it. The MJC, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Maryland Horse Breeders Association, as well as the state’s Standardbred interests, all were on board. But the bill became untimely in the face of a proposal to take millions of dollars out of racing industry purses. With...

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Cathryn Sophia named top Mid-Atlantic TB

Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia was just named the top horse bred in the Mid-Atlantic by a poll put out by the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz. Voting was done by about two dozen media members and other Thoroughbred racing participants in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cathryn Sophia’s stellar 2016 season had her finishing in the money in all seven of her starts, winning four of them. She won three graded races and earned more than $1.1 million in 2016 alone. The big win of the year by the 2013 daughter of Street Boss was the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May. She won by 2 3/4 lengths with Javier Castellano in the irons. The filly’s breeder Robert T. Manfuso told The Racing Biz, “It’s exciting. She’s a Maryland-bred and winning the Kentucky Oaks in an incredible thing.” The filly is out of Sheave, an unraced mare by Mineshaft. She was sold by Manfuso in 2014 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale in Timonium and was bought by Charles Zacney for $30,000. He named the filly after his niece. She went in training with John Servis, based out of Prax Racing and was campaigned under the Cash Is King LLC silks. Servis called her a true campaigner. Zacney sold Cathryn Sophia at this past November’s Fasig-Tipton sale for $1.4 million. She was bought by SF Bloodstock and will be bred to Pioneerof the...

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