The fourth annual Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, will look a bit different this year as the top Maryland owner, trainer and jockey, Maryland stallion, broodmare and breeder, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2020 will be presented virtually this month. Special awards will be presented to Pimlico and Laurel Backstretch Employees of the Year as well as to an industry Unsung Hero.
The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year. Finalists will be highlighted the week of Feb. 15, with champions and industry award winners announced throughout the week of Feb. 22, via the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's social media accounts and website.
For the next two weeks, posts are scheduled daily, Monday through Sunday. To keep up with all of the feature posts highlighting finalists and announcing Maryland-bred champions and industry awards winners, be sure to follow our social media accounts:
The following are finalists in the award categories.
Award finalists (listed alphabetically)
Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male: After Five (bred by Mary E. Eppler Racing Stable Inc. and A. Leonard Pineau; owned by Breeze Easy LLC); Jaxon Traveler (bred by Dr. and Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau; owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner); Singlino (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; owned by John E. Worsley)
Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly: Juror Number Four (bred by Classic Thoroughbred XXIX; owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC); Miss Nondescript (bred and owned by Barak Farm); Street Lute (bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Dr. Brooke Bowman; owned by Lucky 7 Stables)
Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male: Field Pass (bred by Mark Brown Grier; owned by Three Diamonds Farm); Fiya (bred by Ann W. Merryman; owned by Robert Masiello); Monday Morning Qb (bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer; owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC)
Maryland-bred champion 3-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); Project Whiskey (bred by Dark Hollow Farm; owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable [Antony Beck])
Maryland-bred champion older male: Harpers First Ride (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by MCA Racing Stable LLC); Knicks Go (bred by Angie Moore; owned by Korea Racing Authority); Laki (bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker; owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadows)
Maryland-bred champion older female: 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); Never Enough Time (bred and owned by R. Larry Johnson)
Maryland-bred champion sprinter: Fiya (bred by Ann W. Merryman; owned by Robert Masiello); Laki (bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker; owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadows); Whereshetoldmetogo (bred by David H. Wade; owned by Madaket Stables LLC, Ten Strike Racing, Michael E. Kisber and Black Cloud Stable LLC)
Maryland-bred champion turf runner: Field Pass (bred by Mark Brown Grier; owned by Three Diamonds Farm); Fiya (bred by Ann W. Merryman; owned by Robert Masiello); Sharing (bred by Sagamore Farm; owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable [Antony Beck])
Owner of the Year: Robert Bone, Men’s Grille, Michael Scheffres
Trainer of the Year: Claudio A. Gonzalez, Brittany Russell, Mike Trombetta
Jockey of the Year: Trevor McCarthy, Sheldon Russell, Jevian Toledo
Breeder of the Year: Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Angie Moore, Sagamore Farm
Broodmare of the Year: Barouchka, Love’s Reason, Over the Moon, Uniformly Yours
Stallion of the Year: Bourbon Courage, Golden Lad, Great Notion
MTHA Unsung Hero Award: Victor Carrasco
Pimlico Backstretch Employee of the Year: Edgar Gallegos
Laurel Backstretch Employee of the Year: Antonio Lopez Salazar