Longtime Maryland State Veterinarian Zipf Passes

Longtime Maryland veterinarian Dr. David Zipf, a regular at Maryland racetracks for more than 50 years, passed away in late November.

Zipf handled the primary veterinary duties for the Maryland Racing Commission for decades. He began in August 1965 at Marlboro Races, which was part of the state’s fair circuit. He was known for his personal commitment to the health, safety and welfare of equine athletes.

Zipf in 2016 received the Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Maryland Million Board of Directors, the award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility—qualities which serve as inspiration to others.

Joe Kelly, the first and only publicist for the Maryland Million, was a close friend of founder Jim McKay and a mentor to writers, horsemen and fans alike. He earlier covered the horse industry at the Baltimore Sun.


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