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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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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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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, 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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