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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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And it’s DERWINS PROSPECTOR in the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup!

  $100,000 purse. 20 horses nominated, 13 entered, 11 headed to the paddock, 10 started…and only two finished in what was a grueling duel for the wire, with Gerry L. Brewster’s Derwins Prospector edging out Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society to capture the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup; trained by Joe Davies, ridden by Gozangue Cottreau; photo by Isabel Kurek. You can more in The Baltimore Sun and on the National Steeplechase Association, but if you want to feel like you were there, the best of all articles to read is our friend and colleague Joe Clancy’s spectacular retelling in this week’s thisishorseracing.com, complete with fun facts and...

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Fair Hill $250,000 Bond Bill

On Sat. March 11, legislators in both houses heard bond bills which would help fund improvements to the equestrian facilities at Fair Hill, which is owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Senate Bill 708 and House Bill 977 would authorize the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to The National Steeplechase Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fair Hill Race Course. If passed, NSF would be required to acquire matching funds. The...

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Peter Fenwick to be Recognized with the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award

Lexington, Ky. – August 29, 2016 – Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is pleased to announce that  Peter Fenwick of Glyndon, Md. has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award. The award, named in recognition of Robert N. Clay’s equine land conservation leadership in the Thoroughbred industry, will be presented at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards dinner on September 10th in Lexington, Ky. “TOBA is pleased to have established this award in partnership with ELCR to help increase awareness of the importance of land conservation to the Thoroughbred industry and...

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Steeplechasing Switches to Saratoga

Missing the spring steeplechase season? Steeplechase racing has officially moved north to Saratoga Springs, NY and many Maryland horses, trainers and jockeys have followed. For a complete list of racing days at Saratoga Racetrack, click here: http://www.saratogaracetrack.com/steeplechase/ Can’t get to New York? Relive the Maryland season with the 2016 Maryland Steeplechase Association Governor’s Cup Series Champions video, made by Equiery intern Elizabeth...

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Black Pond wins Howard County Cup, plus current Gov. Cup Standings

With one race left in the Maryland Steeplechase Association Governor’s Cup Series, sponsored by Farm Credit, it seems the final awards standings have mostly been decided. After the Howard County Cup races on May 7, Welcome Here Farm’s Serene Harbor remains in the lead for the Open Timber championships with nine points. Raven’s Choice (Ann Jackson), Guts For Garters (Stewart Strawbridge) and Senior Senator (Irvin Crawford, II) are all tied for second place with 8.5 points. None of these horses are slated to run in this Sunday’s Potomac Hunt Races. Winning the Howard County Hunt Cup Open Timber was...

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