All Things Thoroughbred! $100,000 Preakness Trainer Bonus

T e Maryland Jockey Club is off ering a $100,000 bonus to trainers who accumulate the most points by running a minimum of fi ve horses in stakes races on Preakness Weekend (May 19-20). T e weekend leader will win $50,000 with $25,000 to the second place trainer and $12,000 for third. Prize money will also be awarded to trainers coming in fourth through sixth. T ere are eight stakes races on Preakness day with the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) as the main race. Also scheduled on Saturday are the $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2) and the $200,000 Chick Lang. T e purse for the Chick Lang has doubled this year. T e $350,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) highlight Friday’s Black- Eyed Susan day.

Marylanders Win Champs through TIP

T e Jockey Club founded the T oroughbred Incen- tive Program (T.I.P.) in October of 2011 to recog- nize and reward the versa- tility of the T oroughbred. Each year,

performance Preakness Week

• Tuesday, May 16 - Friday, May 19 - Sunrise Tours • Wednesday, May 17 - Pre-Preakness Party at Mt. Washington Tavern • Wednesday, May 17 - Post Position Draw • T ursday, May 18 - Alibi Breakfast • Friday, May 19 - Black-Eyed Susan Day • Saturday, May 20 - Preakness Day

awards are given out in 13 categories broken down into 77 divisions. For the 2016 season, over 400 T oroughbreds were registered and competed in more than 80,000 classes and divisions nationwide. Year-end di- visional champions were announced in late February with winners featured on T e Jockey Club T.I.P Facebook page. Maryland horses won the top two spots in

Calista Plante and her OTTB Full Rate won several TIP awards in 2016.

sure reserve champion and placed third overall in the In-Hand category. Hannah Ong earned two reserve champion- ships in the Dressage divisions. Souza, shown as MMSC Souza, was reserve champion in the Introductory division while Pop Tart, shown as OVA Pop Tart, was reserve in the Other Dres- sage division. In addition, Souza placed third in the T oroughbred Charities of America 2014 Green OTTB cat- egory and was reserve champion for the Dressage division of that cat- egory. Souza earned another top- six ribbon with a third place fi n- ish in the T oroughbred Aftercare Alliance Adoptee category. Ong adopted Souza through Makers’ Mark Secretariat Center. Amy Par- sons of Virginia was reserve cham- pion in this category with Sassy B, who she adopted from Maryland’s MidAtlantic Horse Rescue. Sassy

B, shown as Wren Wrouge, also was named the Eventing category champion. Joanne Beusch’s Outwit was reserve champion

the All T oroughbred Shows category with Bobbie Gibbon’s Senamint, ridden by Ju- dith Schaefer, taking top honors. T e reserve was won by Acquisitive, shown by Jacqueline Needle and Schaefer under the name Love at First Sight. Acquisitive also placed sixth over- all in the English Pleasure category. Senamint placed sixth overall in the General category and earned the reserve championship for the Other General division. Calista Plante’s Full

Rate, shown as Unex- pected Fuller, was the reserve champion Junior Rider Award winner in the All T oroughbred/ In-Hand/General di- vision. T is pair also placed fi fth overall in the English Pleasure category. Plante was also the Junior English Plea-

overall in the T oroughbred Charities of Ameri- can 2014 Green OTTB category and reserve champion for the Other division of this category. For the 2015 Green OTTB category, it was

Eliza Herman and Shootmetothemoon won the 2016 overall reserve champion- ship in Eventing through the TIP awards program. | 800-244-9580

Maryland’s Stacey Olexy who made it into the ribbons with Becket’s Calling for fi fth place. MidAtlantic Horse Rescue’s We Found Love won the championship in the 2016 Green OTTB category, with Bev Strauss of MidAt- lantic TB in the irons. We Found Love also won the Other division of this category. Chloe Bellerive rode Elect Me, shown as Dream Weaver, and He’s Mine to win the Junior Equitation re- serve championship. In Eventing, Eliza Herman earned the overall reserve cham- pionship with Shoot- metothemoon. T e pair was also the Novice champion. Grace Ful- ton rode Tudor Bridge for Karen Kerlin and Halcyon Springs Stable LLC to earn the Novice

reserve championship. Herman and Shootmetothemoon won the

General category and earned champion horse and rider for the Pace/Race division. Cavalle- ria, shown as CMA Drama Queen by Jennifer Martin, placed fi fth in the General category. Christie Davis rode Jacobs Deputy, shown

as Sierra Nevada, to place fourth overall in the Jumper category. T e pair was also champion in the Jumper Intermediate East division.

New Maryland Aftercare Program

T e Maryland T oroughbred Horsemen’s Asso- ciation has teamed up with the Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and various Maryland jockeys to launch a new after- care initiative for Maryland tracks called Beyond the Wire. T e primary goal of the program is to facilitate the safe transfer of retired racehorses from Maryland tracks into new homes. “What the program will do is help move

horses from Laurel and Pimlico to T orough- bred Aftercare Alliance accredited programs for re-homing into new careers,” said program administrator Jessica Hammond. T e two fa- cilities here in Maryland that will be part of the program are MidAtlantic T oroughbred Horse Rescue in Chesapeake City and the Foxy G Foundation in Union Bridge. Both facilities are already accredited through TAA and have a good reputation for rehabbing and re-hom- ing OTTBs. “What was important to us was that both of these organizations have great fa- cilities, care for the horses and will take a horse back if for some reason its new home does not work out,” Hammond added. New Vocation in Pennsylvania has also off ered to take horses on an overfl ow basis. “Many of the horseman here in Maryland have

already been working towards fi nding homes for their retirees,” said Hammond. “Many are in- volved with equestrian sports outside of racing and are able to do the retraining themselves or pass the horse along to friends. Beyond the Wire is formed to help facilitate this process and open it up to all Maryland horsemen.” In order to participate in the program, eli- gible horses must be based at a Maryland track and run in Maryland for at least three months. Trainers and owners fi ll out an intake form and the horse is evaluated and checked over by one

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