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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: https://www.marylandmillion.com/ 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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The Junior’s Thoroughbred

In just a few days, nearly 400 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses will begin competing at the Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, KY) in the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. The competition and educational symposium runs from October 5-8 with 22 trainers hailing from Maryland. There are 341 trainers in total competing, the largest field of entries so far. Although the majority of the trainers are classified as “professional,” 13% of this year’s entries are “juniors” showing how trainable these horses can be. One such junior Marylander who jumped on the Thoroughbred bandwagon a few years ago is Chloe...

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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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