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MD Racing #WNSTSWEET16 Moments for Preakness Week

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MD Racing #WNSTSWEET16 Moments for Preakness Week

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Gary Quill

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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Down the stretch this week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes

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Down the stretch this week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes

Posted on 12 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

When you’ve been doing something as well and for as long as we’ve been doing Baltimore sports media here at WNST, you like to tell people about it.

Such is the case in 2014, as we’re celebrating our 16th year as your local sports media leader. For the record, when you said you didn’t bring a gift but you sent us a check we believed you. We’re starting to feel kinda silly.

To celebrate, we’re looking over some of the most significant “water cooler” topics of the last 16 years and defining them with lists compiled by WNST hosts and contributors. Just a warning-we’re already 18 weeks into 2014. We’ve known 2014 longer than we ever knew rapper (rapper?) PSY. If you’ve missed any of our first 18 lists, here’s a chance to refresh.

Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

And finally here in Week 19 it’s time for some new blood.

For the first time, we step away from the main WNST hosts to look into an incredibly significant local sports topic. You may remember Gary Quill as someone who covered thoroughbred racing for us for years. His work was unquestionably unparalleled in this area.

You may have noticed GQ hasn’t been heard from at WNST.net in 2014. He’s now covering “The Sport of Kings” for HorseRacingNation.com and doing an absolutely fantastic job there as well.

Well we’ve managed to steal him back for the week to help us out with the #WNSTSweet16. You can thank us later. (Again, about that check.)

With real buzz surrounding a potential run to a Triple Crown for Kentucky Derby champ California Chrome, it seems like horse racing is going to have a special week in Charm City in the lead-up to Saturday’s Preakness. The sport has a rich tradition here in Baltimore (and Laurel…and Timonium) that we want to recognize.

With that in mind, this week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 Greatest Maryland Horse Racing Moments of All Time”.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the list will be made up of Preakness moments alone although I imagine more than a few will come from the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”.

I have no idea how anything could possibly top Easy Goer and Sunday Silence battling down the stretch in 1989, but I’m not the expert. I’ll leave that to GQ…and more importantly to you.

Gary wants your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, GQ will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

We’re going to be thoroughbred crazy for the next week here in Baltimore and a pony from the coast will be an even bigger rock star than Bono. Or even Manny Machado. Before we get there, help us out in looking back on the most significant local moments in the history of the sport. Make your voice heard!

-G

 

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