Award Winners

Starting Gate: Preakness Winning Desormeaux brothers fueled by early days in Maryland

2017 David F. Woods Award

Just beyond the finish line on the turf course a few minutes after the Preakness, Baltimore Police Department mounted patrol officer Janine Gilley sat tall in the saddle aboard the coal-black Percheron Slurpee and thought about a young, hotshot kid riding for her old boss Mike Campbell. At home in front of her television, former jockey Andrea Seefeldt Knight remembered learning how to ride races from that same hotshot kid while also smiling about a win for his brother at Pimlico nearly three decades ago. Also watching on television, Charlie Hadry went back to the 1980s, when his father had a barn full of stars, and thought of all the hours of work with the subtly funny guy from Louisiana and the dozens of wins with his hotshot kid brother who rode like nobody else.

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A Real War Horse

Sgt. RecklessSgt. Reckless inspired many while serving her country as member of Marine Corps.

The Oscar-nominated film War Horse brought the majesty of the equine hero to the silver screen in a grand but poignant Steven Spielberg spectacle. And the charismatic mare Havre de Grace reflected some of her Horse of the Year glory on a Maryland city previously best known for mispronunciation of its name.

Both War Horse and Havre de Grace’s owner, Fox Hill Farm’s Rick Porter, may help cast a renewed spotlight on another amazing animal. She was a real war horse, a decorated hero of the Korean War who packed ammunition to the front lines and carried wounded soldiers back down. The thing is, she often did it by herself. She became a mascot so revered by the U.S. Marines that they refused to leave her in Korea and rewarded her with military parades and a lifetime green pasture in southern California. 

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