Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame (MTHOF) celebrations and commemorations will be held at Pimlico Race Course during its program on Saturday, May 11.
A collaboration of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA), the MTHOF was introduced last month as an on-line showcase
(www.mdthoroughbredhalloffame.com). A state racing industry coalition selected an inaugural class of 12 to represent the most accomplished Maryland-breds ever: flat runners Broad Brush, Challedon, Cigar, Find, Gallorette, Jameela, Politely, Safely Kept, Twixt and Vertex and steeplechasers Elkridge and Jay Trump.
Pending the establishment of a permanent Maryland-bred racing museum, mdthoroughbredhalloffame.com serves to distinguish the honorees with biographies, photos, videos and complete race records. That exhibit will be supplemented on Saturday with ceremonies, remembrances and races named for inductees.
Assembled by MHBA executive director Cricket Goodall and MRMA president Ted Black, the selection committee used the following criteria to determine its first dozen inductees:
Challedon, Cigar, Elkridge, Gallorette, Jay Trump and Safely Kept were, at the time, the only Maryland-breds in the National Racing Hall of Fame (1960s steeplechaser Tuscalee subsequently was voted into the National Hall of Fame late in April); Find and Vertex were included in a comprehensive 1963 vote of state sportswriters who determined the greatest racing Maryland-breds; and Broad Brush, Jameela, Politely and Twixt are the only remaining two-time Maryland-bred horses of the year, an honor first awarded in 1962.
All but three of the dozen inductees won stakes at Pimlico, including Preakness and Pimlico Special winner Challedon, and Pimlico Special winners Cigar and Vertex. The committee considered only racehorses retired five or more years for the initial class but left open the possibility of inducting notable persons in subsequent years. It also determined to limit future classes to no more than two equine inductees.
The MTHOF endeavors to celebrate the racing and studbook achievements of state-bred Thoroughbred horses nationally and internationally, and to showcase their enduring legacies. Visit mdthoroughbredhalloffame.com for more information.