• 1 MedStar doctors bring top-notch care to Maryland jockeys, backstretch workers
  • 2 Preakness Weekend 2016
  • 3 Blown Away
  • 4 Riddle
  • 5 Hansel finds his way home in the Preakness
  • 6 Preakness time brings reflection, look toward future
  • 7 Region sends quality 3-year-olds to major races as 2016 stakes get higher
  • 8 2016 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected
  • MedStar doctors bring top-notch care to Maryland jockeys, backstretch workers

    When 5-year-old Kelly Ryan used to come to the Maryland racetracks, she wasn’t looking for a job. She just liked petting the horses. Little did she know that several decades later she would be a MedStar doctor and one of the key elements in the new Horsemen’s Health System.

    “When

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  • Preakness Weekend 2016

    Follow along as we take in all the action at Preakness 2016!

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  • Blown Away

    What are the largest winning margins in Preakness history? Impress your friends this week with some Preakness trivia.

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  • Riddle

    It was definitely not a case of love at first sight. When Meredith Somerset met Riddle, she was much more taken with the other two horses who had arrived on the van with him.

    Standing less than 16 hands without a white hair on him, Riddle was much less eye-catching

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  • Hansel finds his way home in the Preakness

    Leaving his rivals to pick up the crumbs, handsome Hansel re-wrote his story in the Preakness. His overwhelming seven-length victory was the widest winning margin since Little Current's in 1974.

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  • Preakness time brings reflection, look toward future

    Ah, May. Remember last year’s Preakness? The build-up, the buzz, the “American Pharoah this” and “American Pharoah that” and all the “When will he get here?” questions leading up to the race. The midnight-gray clouds, wind, the rain, the storm, the thermometer dropping from 86 to 56 (amateur meteorologist) in

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  • Region sends quality 3-year-olds to major races as 2016 stakes get higher

    Stuart Grant thought about the question, then tried to answer.

    “The gameplan is I have 32 mares, they’re going to produce 24 or so foals a year. The idea is to sell a dozen and keep a dozen and hopefully the ones you sell support the ones you keep and

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  • 2016 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

    Timonium, MD (4/22/16) - The Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are millionaire Dave’s Friend and Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Kauai King, the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby.

    The new inductees were selected by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA)

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Past, present, and future pillars of our region.

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Pensioners on Parade

By Maggie Kimmitt

Thoroughbreds in second careers.

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  • Senior Moment

    Senior Moment

    Hansel, who won the Preakness Stakes 25 years ago, enjoys a regal retirement at Lazy Lane Farms in Virginia. At 28, the Virginia-bred is the oldest North American classic winner. Champion 3-year-old of 1991, he won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and earned more than $2.9 million for Lazy Lane and trainer Frankie Brothers. Douglas Lees photos
  • Final Salute

    Final Salute

    The New Castle County (Del.) Police Department's mounted patrol unit stands at attention at the funeral of Harford County Sheriff's Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey in February in Maryland.
  • Snow Angel

    Snow Angel

    Retired champion Declan's Moon enjoys a roll in the snow from the blizzard of 2016 at Maryland's Country Life Farm. Ellen B. Pons photo.
  • Dawn Patrol

    Dawn Patrol

    Training starts with the sun at Fair Hill Training Center, and all around the region. Kathee Rengert photo
  • The Last Gallop

    The Last Gallop

    The Last Gallop. Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah enjoys his morning work at Keeneland before the Breeders’ Cup. Lydia A. Williams photo
  • Where's Waldo

    Where's Waldo

    Trainer Shug McGaughey’s exercise riders at Fair Hill Training Center are dressed for Halloween, but could pass for Santa’s elves too. The horses don’t seem to care. Kathee Rengert photo
  • Sky Riders

    Sky Riders

    Paris Vegas (right) and Gnostic head back to be unsaddled after a flat race at the Shawan Downs steeplechase meet Sept. 26. Trained by Elizabeth Voss, the Maryland-based stablemates finished first and third, respectively, for jockeys Jack Doyle and Gus Dahl. Lydia A. Williams photo.
  • Flying solo.

    Flying solo.

    Millionaire Eighttofasttocatch, a 12-time stakes winner who retired from the track in December 2014 at age 8, shows off his new skill as an event horse, with a hot-air balloon as a backdrop, at the Maryland State Fair for rider Rumsey Keefe. ©Anne Litz Photo.
  • Fit for a King

    Fit for a King

    Monmouth Park went all out – including a custom-wrapped van – to welcome American Pharoah to the Haskell.
  • Smooth Sailing

    Smooth Sailing

    Madeline Murphy and Bonnie take a dip during the Green Spring Valley Hounds summer pony camp. Carol Fenwick photo.
  • Triple Vision

    Triple Vision

    American Pharoah sees all while getting a bath at Churchill Downs. Six days later, he became racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978. Mary M. Meek/Eclipse Sportswire.
  • Sidesaddle

    Sidesaddle

    Sean McDermott hangs on to Choral Society at the Queens Cup in North Carolina. Tod Marks.
  • The Feet

    The Feet

    Hooves flash and fly on the turn at Laurel Park. Lydia A. Williams
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Top Midlantic-bred Poll with The Racing Biz

  • Older Horses

    Older Horses

    Page McKenney continues to dominate the older horse division.
    Page McKenney (PA)

    (44)
    Valid
    VA
    (37)
    Finest City
    PA
    (20)
    Sonny Inspired
    MD
    (16)
    Raging Smoke
    PA
    (6)
  • Three-year-olds

    Three-year-olds

    Cathryn Sophia, pictured as a yearling in 2014, tops the three-year-old division for Midlantic-breds.
    Cathryn Sophia (MD)

    (42)
    Mor Spirit
    PA
    (39)
    Tom's Ready
    PA
    (21)
    Morning Fire
    PA
    (14)
    Sunny Ridge
    NY
    (11)
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Looking Back-Maryland Hunt Cup

This Saturday is the 116th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup, the toughest timber race in the world. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred / Maryland Horse remembers. . .

Young Dubliner jumps 13th10 Years Ago, Young Dubliner (Ire)?–?owned by Delawareans Bill and Renee Lickle, ridden by Irishman Brian Moran and trained in South Carolina by Pennsylvanian Kathy Neilson–captured the Maryland Hunt Cup in course record time of 8:25 3/5, which still holds.
Neilson won her Hunt Cup debut, but followed a family tradition. Her great-grandfather Redmond Stewart Sr. won the race in 1904; her grandfather, Redmond Stewart Jr., owned winners *Ben Nevis II and Haffaday. Her father, Paddy, rode in the Hunt Cup 21 times, winning three. Her aunt, Ann Stewart, trained winners Ivory Poacher and Swayo. And her sister, Sanna Neilson, rode to victory in 1991 and 1993.

25 years Ago, in one of the closest finishes in the race’s 91-year history, the Maryland Hunt Cup was decided by the length of Sugar Bee’s neck, after a stride-for-stride battle with Our Climber from the 17th fence to the finish of the 4-mile timber test. Only three of the nine starters completed the race.
Owned by Arthur (Nick) Arundel, Sugar Bee was trained and ridden by Charles C. Fenwick Jr., making his 14th Hunt Cup appearance as a jockey and winning it for the fifth time. Sugar Bee, a 9-year-old Virginia-bred gelding, started his career on the flat and set a 6 1/2-furlong track record at Charles Town at 3. A winner over hurdles midway through his career, the chestnut was switched to compete over timber and earned Timber Horse of the Year honors in 1985.
Sugar Bee and Our Clilmber over the lastSugar Bee’s Hunt Cup win came in his first attempt over the course. “He’d never jumped fences this size before and he didn’t like the ground,” said Fenwick. “But he handled the going well and he’s a good jumper.”

50 years Ago, Mountain Dew captured his first of three Maryland Hunt Cups for owner/breeder/trainer Janon Fisher Jr.The 7-year-old gelding  won with Janon Fisher III riding. It was the first time in the 66-year history of the race that the blue and gray colors of the Fisher family had triumphed in Maryland’s famous timber race. Fisher had trained, but didn’t own, three-time winner Blockade.
Mountain Dew, by *Hunters Moon IV, bowed a tendon in his only start on the flat as a 3-year-old. “I didn’t breed him to be a jumper,” said Fisher. “I bred him for a flat horse, and he had extreme speed.”
Describing the win, Fisher said, “This was the most exciting race I’ve ever watched. I bred the horse, and I bred the jockey. And I also bred the dam and granddam of the winner.”

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