Award Winners

Tom Law wins David F. Woods Award for best Preakness coverage

Tom Law, senior writer for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and managing editor for ST Publishing Inc., will be awarded the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism Thursday, May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. Law will be recognized by the Maryland Jockey Club for his story “Under Cover,” a feature on 2017 Preakness (G1) winner Cloud Computing that appeared in July 2017 issue of  Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Read more. Read the story.

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Under Cover

The days ticked away last summer at Saratoga Race Course as the meeting loomed and Chad Brown prepared to launch the careers of two colts bought for one of his main clients at the same yearling sale almost a year before.
Both were by promising young stallions and Brown ranked them among the best juveniles in the barn. One was a bay named Practical Joke, a son of Into Mischief who cost $240,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. The other was a dark bay named Cloud Computing, a son of Maclean’s Music who cost $200,000.

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My Man o’ War

2017 AHP Award Winner: Feature Single Article, circulation under 10,000

All-time great produces more than a century of legend

By Maryanna Skowronski

If it’s possible to fall in love with a horse, I fell in love with Man o’ War in the second grade. It was Sister Corinne’s fault. The little Irish nun had told me that Walter Farley’s Man o’ War was an “eighth-grade” book and that I wasn’t permitted to check it out of the school library. Well, nun or no you can’t tell a horse-mad little girl that she can’t read a book about a horse so, having talked my parents into a visit to the town library, home I came with that eighth-grade book. Read it cover to cover too. And what a cover. That head-on image of Man o’ War, vivid red, pounding down the stretch coupled with Farley’s fictionalized account of the big horse’s life grabbed the bit that was my imagination and ran away with me. This horse, who had died 13 years before I was born, became my equine idol – one whose story and connections have over the years cropped up throughout my life time and again.

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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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Loving the View

2016 AHP Award Winner

Tucked away in a rural corner of Chesterfield Township, New Jersey, where the land still remains mostly forest and pasture, much the same as when Quaker settlers first set eyes upon it in 1677, is Christine Connelly’s Bright View Farm.

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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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