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From press release - January 30, 2020

Baltimore, Md.—The third annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards will be presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, broodmare and stallion, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2019, on Feb. 11 at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery 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 Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s 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 and seating is limited. The deadline to RSVP is Feb. 4. 



The following are finalists in the award categories. The winners will be announced the evening of Feb. 11.



Award finalists (listed alphabetically)



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 LLC and LC Racing LLC); 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 LLC, Mark Frasetto, Mark Parkin­son, K-mac Stables and Magic City Stables); Selflessly (bred by George Louis Doetsch Jr.; owned by Klaravich Stables Inc.); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable [Antony Beck])


Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male: Alwaysmining (bred by Avla Pitts; owned by Runnymede Racing LLC); 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 LLC)

Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly: Introduced (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; owned by Colts Neck Stables LLC); 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 LLC; 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 LLC); Cordmaker (bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss; owned by Hillwood Stable LLC); Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender; owned by Skeedattle Stable)


Maryland-bred champion older female: Another Broad (bred by Fitzhugh LLC; owned by Madaket Stables LLC, Elayne Stables and Brian Martin); Blamed (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Cleber J. Massey); Majestic Reason (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC and Ellen Charles; owned by Hillwood Stable LLC 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 LLC; 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 [Antony Beck])


Owner of the Year: Hillwood Stable LLC, 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 A. Vargas Jr.
Breeder 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
Pimlico Backstretch Employee of the Year: Urizar “Uri” Velazquez
Laurel Backstretch Employee of the Year: Troy Singh

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