MD Racing #WNSTSWEET16 Moments for Preakness Week

May 13, 2014 | Gary Quill

MD Racing #WNSTSWEET16 Moments for Preakness Week

Whether you are a native Marylander or a transplant, unless you are an octogenarian can you truly appreciate the rich history that thoroughbred horse racing has in the Free State.

More than a half-century before Mayflower moving vans hauled the Baltimore Colts off to Indianapolis and long before the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles, the “Sport of Kings” had already compiled a long list of great thoroughbred racing moments in Maryland.

It’s doubtful that in my 45+ years of actively being a fan, that I can accurately whittle down these great moments to a mere sixteen (16). But for the sake of celebrating WNST’s 16 years of existence, I’ve compromised and referenced only moments in my lifetime with one obvious exception.

16. Deputed Testamony (1983)
Bred in Maryland on Bonita Farm in Harford County by his trainer Bill Boniface, Jr. and ridden by Maryland native Donnie Miller, Jr. this 3-year-old son of Traffic Cop splashed home to win by 2¾ lengths. He remains the most recent of eight Maryland breds to have won the Preakness Stakes. One year later at Pimlico, he won the City of Baltimore Handicap in track record time for a 1 1/16 mile event in 1:40 4/5, which still stands today.

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  1. Ruben Says:

    Great list. One event I would have included was the 1986 debut of Mr. McKay’s Maryland Million. A template that has since been copied by all the other horse racing states.

  2. Gary Quill Says:

    Thanks Ruben and good call on the inaugural MD Million. So true that without Jim McKay’s vision to promote MD breds and stallions, all those other states that copied the state bred format would have never come about.

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