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’60 Minutes’ to Feature Segment on Maryland Hunt Cup This Sunday

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Amid the building hype for the Kentucky Derby early next month, CBS is taking the time to spotlight a different high-profile horse racing event that covers far more ground.

Grand National Steeplechase Next Saturday, April 22 – Three Miles of Heart Pounding Thrills

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Imagine it’s the late 1800s. Entertainment and sport were quite a bit different than they were today. If you weren’t hunting foxes or quail, you were probably racing your well-trained horse across miles of lush, green fields.

Post-Preakness: Horse Racing and Loving Horses

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Photo via preakness.com

By post time Pimlico Race Course had been downgraded to “sloppy.” It was a day of steady rain. Coming off the infield, the boots of the party kids were covered in mud. Hat feathers drooped. Women’s lace gloves — the revival of an 80s-esque Madonna trend? I hope so! — were spangled with raindrops.

Don’t Miss ‘Hats & Horses’ to Benefit Kennedy Krieger

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Elegant woman with her beautiful hat at the Prix de Diane, France

Break out the mint juleps, bow ties, and big hats! Don’t Miss Hats and Horses, a night of dinner, dancing, and gaming, at the Baltimore Country Club on May 6 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Laurel Park with the Maryland Jockey Club

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Crowd shotThe luck of the Irish will be strong at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 12, when the park hosts its annual St. Paddy’s Day Pig Roast.

The party, organized by the Maryland Jockey Club, runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the first post time at 1:10 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be fantastic thoroughbred racing, including the $75,000 Caesar’s Wish Stakes and the $75,000 Private Terms Stakes.

Orioles Owner Peter Angelos Named His Horse Showalter

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Buck Showalter (Kenya Allen/Pressbox)
Buck Showalter (Kenya Allen/Pressbox)

Peter Angelos has been dipping a toe into horse racing in recent years, but it seems the Orioles owner will never forget his first love. 

The Preakness Analysis: An Insider’s Take

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California Chrome on the track at Pimlico.

I received the following analysis from former jockey Charlie Fenwick, whose wife Muffy is a contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl. Charlie is an inveterate racing fan, and in the weeks leading up to the Preakness he emails a long list of friends with the inside scoop on the horses’ chances, the races and assorted stories. Below, his latest on what’s what for the Preakness. – SD

CALIFORNIA CHROME has no apparent weaknesses. He has tactical speed, rates behind, he is emotionally mature and likes the distance. For as many times as he’s run, he appears to be sound and fresh. Actually, he works the crowd a bit (see the photo above for him hamming it up in the Pimlico Stakes Barn). I don’t think Espinoza asked him for too much in the Derby, although he beat a weak field.

Baltimore Female Jockey Forest Boyce Builds on Success, Eyes Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Races

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Forest Boyce. Photo by Ignacio Correas

In just five years, Baltimore born and bred jockey Forest Boyce has established herself as a contender in the competitive sport of flat racing. Last year, she ranked seventh in local standings with 57 wins. With the Preakness approaching, she’s eyeing the stakes races, hoping for mounts on both Black Eyed Susan and Preakness days.

Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 26

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Copyright 2013 Douglas Lees
Winner of the 2012 Maryland Hunt Cup: Twill Do, owned by Lucy A. Goelet, trained by William Meister, and ridden by James Stierhoff.

catch of the day fish (2)With this phenomenal spring weather, there’s really no reason not to hit every steeplechase race of the season. And since every steeplechase presents its own unique course of obstacles, each one offers an exciting and unpredictable race. But few can rival the tradition and challenge of the Maryland Hunt Cup.  The thrill of horse racing coupled with the sport’s rich tradition in Maryland make a day at the races a fabulous weekend outing for the family, or a really cool date idea, or simply a great way to get away from it all momentarily. When you attend the Hunt Cup, you’re attending a horse race that has been run here in Maryland since 1894, when members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged the members of Green Spring Valley Hounds to a timber race. Thus was born the Hunt Cup.  In keeping with the challenge, the first race was limited to members of the two original fox hunting clubs, but it proved such a success that the next year it was opened to all fox hunting clubs in Maryland. The race’s popularity spread like wildfire, and in 1903, members from recognized clubs all throughout the United States and Canada were invited to participate.

Tomorrow – My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase: Horse Racing at its Finest

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Thunderously exciting and heart poundingly beautiful, My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races should not be missed.  The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for clear skies and temps in the low 70s, and the surrounding gardens are in their state of sweet young bloom.  Perfect conditions for a day at the races!  There’s still time to purchase tickets in advance, and there will be tickets on sale at the gate.

The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Gates open at 10:00 am, with the first race at 1:30 pm. The races are located at Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146) and Pocock Road. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.marylandsteeplechasing.com.