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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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Davies Wins Wing

first published in the November 2017 Equiery When the committee feels it is appropriate, the Maryland Hunt Cup Association will select a member of the steeplechase community for the S. Bryce Wing trophy, to honor that individual’s outstanding contribution to Maryland timber racing, S. Bryce Wing was a member of the Maryland Hunt Cup Association from 1939 until his death at age 85 in 1975. Mr. Wing was Secretary of the Maryland Hunt Cup from 1956 to 1966 and also president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association (now the National Steeplechase Association) from 1948 to 1964. He was...

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Keystone Velocity Wins Potomac Pace in Record Time

In case you missed it… Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, won the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace on November 5 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington setting a track record in the process! The gelding is owned by Rene Allard, VIP Stable, Earl Hill, Jr. and Kapildeo Singh. Keystone Velocity beat out last year’s winner All Bets Off by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:47.3. In 2016, All Bets Off equaled the previous track record of 1:48.2 set in 2007 by Nuclear Breeze. To read more about Keystone Velocity...

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Mary Shunk Wins Joe Kelly Award + Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic

Mary Shunk Named Joe Kelly Award Winner Yesterday, during Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, Mary Shunk, director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, received the 2017 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. The award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd. in honor of the memory of Joe Kelly. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility – qualities that serve as inspiration to others. Shunk is also the founder of The Retreat at Beckleysville, located in Hampstead. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International....

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Harford College Honors Jim McKay

Maryland Million is THIS weekend! And the man behind the day that celebrates Maryland racing is being honored next month with the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. For details on the award, see below. For details on this year’s Maryland Million, click here: first published in the October 2017 Equiery The late sports broadcaster Jim McKay will be awarded posthumously the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism on November 10. The Hays-Heighe House, at the Harford Community College in Bel Air, presents the award. The Hays-Heighe House is a public historic site that was the centerpiece of the Heighe’s 225-acre Prospect Hill Farm, where they bred and trained Thoroughbred racehorses from 1921 until 1953. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” is an exhibit on McKay’s life that will be open before the reception and awards presentation. McKay’s family will be accepting the award while Bill Boniface, a friend of McKay, will share remarks. McKay began covering racing here in Maryland in November of 1947 with live reporting from Pimlico Racecourse. From there, McKay’s love affair with racing began and he covered several Triple Crown races for ABC as well as heading to England to cover bigger races such as the Royal...

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