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About the Cover: A Brewster Family Hunt Cup History

When Derwins Prospector crossed the finish line at last year’s 121st Maryland Hunt Cup ahead of Drift Society by a nose, owner Gerry Leiper Brewster celebrated his first Hunt Cup win. Although this was Gerry’s first personal victory in 16 attempts, the Brewster family has a long history of successes at the Maryland Hunt Cup, which began over a century before Derwins Prospectors win last year. Gerry was born and raised on Worthington Farms, where the Hunt Cup has been run since 1922. Gerry’s parents Senator and Mrs. Daniel Brewster owned the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and...

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Steeplechase National Award Winners

First published in the February 2018 Equiery Maryland steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher topped both trainer standings (by races won and by money won) with the National Steeplechase Association again this year. This was his fifth consecutive title and 11th overall. Out of 117 starts in 2017, Fisher-trained horses won 25 times, finished second 27 times and third 15 times for total earnings of $1,321,150. This is nearly double the second place finisher Ricky Hendriks for races won (14) and is twice as much as Elizabeth Voss for money won ($514,950). Darren Nagle earned his first NSA jockey title with...

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Scorpiancer wins Eclipse Award

The 8-year-old Scorpiancer, owned by Maryland’s Bruton Street-US, has recently been crowned the 2017 Eclipse Award for Steeplechase Horse of the Year. With just two starts in 2017, the Irish-bred Scorpaincer won two of the most prestigious jump races in the U.S. On April 22 he won the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (G3) in Middleburg, SC and on May 13, the Calvin Houghland Iroquoise Steeplechase (G1) at Percy Warner Park, just outside of Nashville, TN. Bruton Street-US is a partnership between Mike Hankin, Charlie Noell and Charlie Fenwick, Jr. Trained by  Jack Fisher, who won both NSA trainer titles this year, Scorpaincer was ridden by Sean McDermott. Scorpaincer’s 2017 season was cut short by a tendon injury but plans for a fall 2018 campaign are already in the words. Fisher told the Daily Racing Forum in early January, “He’s out in a field. He should be back.” Scorpaincer has already earned $455,360 in his career, which began in Great Britain in...

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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, 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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