Tickets On Sale Now For Maryland Renaissance Awards

The third Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards, which recognize equine and human excellence in the state in 2019, will be presented Feb. 11 at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery located at 5001 Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe.

The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year and are a cooperative effort between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club. 

Invitations to the Renaissance Awards have recently been mailed, and tickets may be purchased at MarylandThoroughbred.com. Tickets are $125 per person. 

The MTHA already has announced the winners of its Backstretch Employee of the Year awards: Urizar “Uri” Velazquez for Pimlico Race Course and Troy Singh for Laurel Park. They will receive their awards at the dinner. The following is a list of finalists for various categories. 

Owner of the Year: Hillwood Stable, No Guts No Glory Farm, Smart Angle 

Trainer of the Year: Dale Capuano, Claudio Gonzalez, Mike Trombetta 

Jockey of the Year: Trevor McCarthy, Sheldon Russell, Jorge Vargas Jr. 

Breeders of the Year: Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss, Sagamore Farm 

Broodmare of the Year: Casual Kiss, Taft Lil Queen, Tanca 

Stallion of the Year: Friesan Fire, Great Notion 

Maryland-bred Horse of the Year: Alwaysmining (bred by Avla Pitts; owned by Runnymede Racing); Cordmaker (bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss; owned by Hillwood Stable); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable) 

Maryland-Bred Champion 2-Year-Old Male: Laddie Liam (bred by Hillwood Stables; owned by Joseph E. Besecker); Monday Morning Qb (bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer; owned by Cash is King and LC Racing); Ournationonparade (bred by John E. Williamson III; owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing) 

Maryland-Bred Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: Hello Beautiful (bred by Hillwood Stables; owned by Madaket Stables, Mark Frasetto, Mark Parkinson, K-mac Stables and Magic City Stables); Selflessly (bred by George Louis Doetsch Jr.; owned by Klaravich Stables); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable) 

Maryland-Bred Champion 3-Year-Old Male: Alwaysmining (bred by Avla Pitts; owned by Runnymede Racing); Stranger Danger (bred by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes and Tim Keefe; owned by Elizabeth A. Dacosta and Ian K. Kong); Top Line Growth (bred and owned by The Elkstone Group) 

Maryland-Bred Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Introduced (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds; owned by Colts Neck Stables); Las Setas (bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss; owned by Wayne A. Harrison, Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss); Zonda (bred by Willow Oaks Stable; owned by Matthew Schera) 

Maryland-Bred Champion Older Male: Clubman (bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Quin Bowman and Rebecca Davis; owned by Caonabo Stable); Cordmaker (bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss; owned by Hillwood Stable); Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender; owned by Skeedattle Stable) 

Maryland-Bred Champion Older Female: Another Broad (bred by Fitzhugh; owned by Madaket Stables, Elayne Stables and Brian Martin); Blamed (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Cleber J. Massey); Majestic Reason (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds and Ellen Charles; owned by Hillwood Stable and Richard L. Golden) 

Maryland-Bred Champion Sprinter: Laki (bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker; owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadows); Lewisfield (bred and owned by Linda L. Zang); Taco Supream (bred by Ann Biggs Jackson; owned by Big Bertha Stable) 

Maryland-Bred Champion Turf Runner: Beach View (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds; owned by Levy Racing); Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender; owned by Skeedattle Stable); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable)

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