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Alibi Breakfast: A Preakness Tradition

photos and text by Sara Gordon What started as a few trainers sipping coffee on the grandstand steps overlooking Old Hilltop and trading tidbits on who has the better horse, the Alibi Breakfast is a highlight of Preakness week. Held each Thursday before Preakness, the breakfast now showcases excellence in media with various awards being handed out. Oh… and those trainers still get a chance to boast on why their horse is the best of the Preakness field! This year, Jeannine Edwards, who served as senior horse racing reporter for ESPN and ABC for 16 years, providing extensive coverage...

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The Kentucky Oaks Connection

When six-year-old Liz Crow first sat on a pony at the Potomac Horse Center, she never dreamed that 23 years later she would be managing a string of successful stakes horses through BSW Bloodstock. Now 29 and living in Lexington, Kentucky, Liz grew up in Bethesda, MD, showing on the local circuits and foxhunting with her mother Rebecca Byers (former Howard County-Iron Bridge member now also living in Kentucky). “My grandparents took me to the races when I was around 8 and I just loved everything about it,” Liz said. Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Equine Business...

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Live Racing at Pimlico Starts Today!

Today marks the opening of the Preakness meet as live racing returns to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The spring stakes schedule offers 15 stakes races with $3.7 million in purses. Highlighted by the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), will take place on May 19 with the spring meeting ending Memorial Day, May 28. Preakness Day its self offer eight stakes races, four graded, including the Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3) and Gallorette. On Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 18, the card holds seven stakes races, four graded; the Pimlico Special (G3),...

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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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