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MD-bred Knicks Go Wins Pegasus, Heads to Dubai World Cup


In early January, the Maryland T oroughbred


racehorse Knicks Go was named Top Mid- lantic-bred Horse of the Year for the second year in a row by a Mid-Atlantic T oroughbred and T e Racing Biz poll. Bred in Maryland by


Stakes at the Saratoga Races before fi nishing third in the Hurdle Handicap Stakes, also at Saratoga, in August. T e Eclipse Awards are voted on jointly by


the National T oroughbred Racing Associa- tion, the Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.


Brynn Miller Receives Affl oVest Ten-year-old Brynn Miller of Dickerson re-


ceived a surprise Affl oVest donation from the Lea Marie Faraone Foundation as part of the organization’s “Fly Me To T e Moon” grant pro- gram. T e program helps young people battling with chronic illnesses. Miller is a Cystic Fibrosis patient who hasn’t let the illness slow her down as she foxhunts, shows and even races ponies. T e Affl oVest is the fi rst battery-operated


Maryland-bred Knicks Go wins the $3 mil- lion Pegasus World Cup Invitational.


Angie Moore, the fi ve-year-old grey just added the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) to his list of wins, bringing his career earnings up to $3,088,995 as of press. Trained by Brad Cox for owners KRA Stud


Farm, Knicks Go broke early around the fi rst turn of the 1 1/8-mile race to take the lead with Last Judgment and Tax close behind. With Joel Rosario in the irons, Knicks Go maintained control of the race throughout the far turn and down the homestretch. Rosario mildly encour- aged Knicks Go in the fi nal stretch to win by 2 ¾ lengths. “He’s a very special horse. He just goes faster and faster,” Rosario stated after the race. Next up for the Maryland-bred is the 25th


running of the $12 million Dubai World Cup, set to run this month on March 27 at the Mey- dan Racecourse in the UA. T e son of Paynter, Knicks Go is out of the Outfl anker mare Kosmo’s Buddy.


Moscato Earns Eclipse Award Bruton Street-US had a stand-out 2020 sea-


son with three horses making it as fi nalists for the Eclipse Award in Steeplechasing. Earn- ing the Eclipse was Moscato, the British-bred 10-year-old gray gelding. His 2020 season in- cluded two wins in just three starts. Trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Michael


Mitchell, Moscato won the Hurdle Handicap Stakes at the Middleburg Spring Races in June. T e following month, he won the Hurdle


High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation ther- apy that lets patients with CF, bronchiectasis and other neuromuscular diseases receive state- of-the-art airway clearance therapy on the go.


Riders Raise Funds for KY 5* On February 2, the organizers of the Land


Rover Kentucky T ree-Day Event announced it would be canceling the April 5* for the sec- ond year in a row due to the COVID-19 pan- demic. “With so many uncertainties still re- maining regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is premature for US Equestrian to remove its restrictions on spectators,” stated Mike Cooper, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), which produces the Kentucky 5*. T e cancel- ation made the Maryland Five Star at Fair Hill, slated for this October, the only 5* on the U.S. FEI calendar for 2021. Immediately after the announcement, upper


level event riders and Kentucky 5* fans created a social media grassroots fundraising eff ort. By February 9, the eff ort had raised over $550,000 for the event, prompting organizers to an- nounce on February 10 that they will hold the event as scheduled. “We are humbled and hon- ored by the response of the eventing commu- nity as they’ve stepped up in a mind-blowing way enabling us to go forward,” Cooper stated. EEI had previously stated it needed $750,000


to run the event without spectators. In its Feb- ruary 10 press release, the organization stated they feel confi dent they can fi nd the remaining funds needed to hold the event. As of press, spectators still are not allowed


Potomac Hunt member Brynn Miller wearing the new Affl oVest, donated by the Lea Marie Faraone Foundation.


T e International Biosphysics Corporation out of Austin, TX, developed the vest. T e vest was presented to Miller on Janu-


ary 23 at her family’s Furnace Ford Farm. “Donations like this are what the Lea Marie Faronoe Foundation is all about,” said Laura O’Donnell-Faraone, Director and Co-Founder of LMFF. “T e Affl oVest will improve Brynn’s quality of life by allowing her to receive treat- ments on the go and not take away from time she can devote to things she is passionate about, like foxhunting.”


at the event, however organizers have said that if restrictions are lifted, they will work towards allowing a limited number of spectators to at- tend in a COVID-19 safe way. Priority will be given to those who purchased tickets in 2020 and elected to roll over their tickets to 2021.


New Protocols for Claimed Horses at MD Tracks


On February 12, the Maryland Racing Com- mission implemented a new protocol con- cerning claimed horses at Maryland tracks. Claimed horses will no longer be picked up in the paddock and instead will be brought to a new Claim Only Barn by the horse’s original groom. T at groom will stay with the horse un- til it is released. While in the Claim Only Barn, the horse


will be observed during cooling out and will be required to jog for the State Veterinarian. At this point, the horse will either be cleared to leave with the new owner’s groom or the claim will be voided.


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