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Black-Eyed Susan & Preakness Preview, continued... T e 2014 benefi ciaries will be the Maryland


the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, it was announced that the 17-year-old sensation would headline the main stage on Preakness day. In addition, Switchfoot, Eli Young Band, Sundy Best and Go Go Gadjet will perform on Preakness day. T e infi eld will feature music on two stages throughout the day leading up to the running of the Preakness Stakes.


Peru Hosting International Pavilion T is year, the International Pavilion will be


hosted by the Embassy of Peru and Ambassador Harold Forsyth. T e International Pavilion was started in 2010 and past host countries have included Spain, Mexico, Denmark and Japan. T is year’s pavilion will showcase Peru’s diversity in culinary arts, tourism and cultural heritage. Highlights will include the Peruvian Paso Horses.


Pimlico Gets a Facelift Over last summer, Mike Gathagan (MJC


Vice President, Communications) started sharing photos of various changes going on at Pimlico during the off season. First the turf track was lifted as new sod was placed down beginning in July. T e whole process was chronicled via Twitter (@MDjockeyclub) and gave followers an inside look into how a turf track is made and maintained. In addition, a more noticeable change is the


Affi liate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Baltimore-based Suited to Succeed. T e mission of Suited to Succeed is to empower Baltimore area women in their eff orts to transition from training programs and unemployment to self-suffi ciency by providing free professional clothing and workshops. T is will be the last year to feature the Lady


Legends race and autograph sessions with retired legendary female jockeys. New this year will be a Project Runway-inspired fashion show and women in business luncheon.


at their T ornmar Farm in Chestertown, the colt is out of stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Cranberry Muffi n. T e Triple Crown nomination additions raised the overall total for the Triple Crown races to 424 (pending late mail), which is the largest total since a record 460 horses were nominated in 2008. T e 2014 total refl ects an 11 percent increase from the 382 in 2013 and is the eighth highest since the common nominating process for the three races was established in 1986. Late nominations of three-year-olds by owners and trainers were due by 11:59 p.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 22 and payment of a $6,000 fee was required for each late nominee.


Aftercare Not an Afterthought in Maryland


When T oroughbred Aftercare Alliance


MJC’s Mike Gathagan shared these photos of the Pimlico press box being painted and new turf being placed last summer via Twitter.


repainting of the clubhouse, press box and stewards/announcers towers. When fans get to Pimlico this year, they will be greated with a bright cheerful red. For daily news, photos, results and general


Maryland Jockey Club news, follow Gathagan on Twitter!


Black-Eyed Susan Changes Colors


T is year spectators might notice a big change in the color scheme of Black-Eyed Susan day. Gone is the pink and back is the yellow and black as BESD turns from Lady Legends to current women in business. Although the day has always been for the ladies… aka fi llies, the new look and theme of BESD embraces women in general as “T e Ultimate Girls Day Out” to support issues of importance to women year-round: Empowerment 360º.


100 Days - 100,000 People


T e American Horse Council has partnered with the National T oroughbred Racing Association, Keeneland and T e Jockey Club to launch Time to Ride. Time to Ride is an aggressive grassroots eff ort to introduce 100,000 people to horses in a 100-day period. T is is a nationwide eff ort with $100,000 in cash prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. T e program, which begins June 1, will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, racetracks,


organizations or individuals as offi cial Time to Ride “hosts.” T ese hosts compete in the challenge by providing a hands-on, interactive horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Activities may include education, riding, grooming, horsemanship and more. Hosts will be divided into small, medium and large divisions by size. Individual cash prizes up to $25,000 will be awarded as well as stable equipment, feed,


veterinary supplies and more. Hosts can register for Time to Ride “100-Day Horse Challenge” online through May 15. For more information, visit www.timetoride.com.


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Maryland-bred Twenty Percent Among Late Triple Crown Nominees


from Maryland Horse Breeders Association T e late nomination period for the classic races of the 2014 Triple Crown concluded Saturday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. (a payment of a $6,000 fee required for each late nominee) with a total of 10 additional 3-year-old T oroughbreds added to the roster of horses now eligible to complete in the 2014 renewal of the prized three-race series.


Among the additions were Neil Haymes, Dave Kenny and Wonderland Racing Stables’ Twenty Percent, a Dixie Union colt trained by Doug O’ Neill in California. On March 22, Twenty Percent scored by three and a quarter lengths at Santa Anita in his debut, garnering the attention of many, including T oroughbred Daily News, which added him to their Rising Stars list. Bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes and foaled


(TAA) Executive Director James Hastie travels around the United States and Canada talking to racing organizations and horsemen’s associations, he uses Maryland as one of his greatest success stories. Maryland racing and Maryland horsemen are paving the way in organized T oroughbred aftercare: providing safe and healthy retirement, rehabilitation, and retraining of ex-race horses, and helping them fi nd suitable adoptive homes and chances at new careers. T ree Maryland-based aftercares were awarded TAA accreditation last year: Angel Acres (based in PA but operates a satellite farm in MD), MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, and T oroughbred Placement Resources. TAA was founded in February 2012 and


in 2013, it collected and awarded one million dollars in grants to accredited aftercare facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Money donated from individual states is earmarked and given back to the accredited facilities in those states only, so donors can be assured that 100% of the money they give goes to help horses in their states. T e Maryland Jockey Club began charging racing entries $6 per start in April 2013, and as of March 2014, $61,974 has been generated; a portion of which goes to TAA, and the rest to reputable aftercare facilities in the state who are working towards the TAA’s very rigorous accreditation process. So far, a total of $23,226 has been returned to the horses. In addition, the Maryland T oroughbred Horseman’s Association, and Fasig-Tipton, the national T oroughbred auction company whose MidAtlantic component operates from Fair Hill and Timonium, have made sizable donations, making Maryland one of the TAA’s top three states participating states, along with California and Florida. Another of TAA’s valuable partners is Adena Springs, owned by Maryland Jockey Club owner Frank Stronach. In addition, MJC director of racing Georganne Hale was recently made a member of TAA’s Board of Directors.


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