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Maryland Thoroughbred industry hosts inaugural Renaissance Awards

Renaissance Award trophies designed by artist Peggy Kauffman and cast at New Arts Foundry in Baltimore are displayed at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Renaissance Award trophies designed by artist Peggy Kauffman and cast at New Arts Foundry in Baltimore are displayed at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

A crowd of 200 people attended the inaugural Renaissance Awards dinner at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Fells Point. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

A crowd of 200 people attended the inaugural Renaissance Awards dinner at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Fells Point. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Craig Gregorek, a co-founding member of CPA consulting firm Gregorek & Company, PA; Gerry Brewster, a board member with the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society; Becky Brashear, assistant general manager of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society; and Donna Myers president of the board of directors of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, take time for a photo during the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Craig Gregorek, a co-founding member of CPA consulting firm Gregorek & Company, PA; Gerry Brewster, a board member with the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society; Becky Brashear, assistant general manager of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society; and Donna Myers president of the board of directors of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, take time for a photo during the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Janice Murray; Larry Murray, vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; Willie White, president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; and Bob Manfuso, a board member with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, enjoy the evening at the Sagamore Pendry hotel for the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Janice Murray; Larry Murray, vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; Willie White, president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; and Bob Manfuso, a board member with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, enjoy the evening at the Sagamore Pendry hotel for the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Lyn De White; Willie White, the president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and part owner of Just Howard; Graham Motion, Just Howard’s trainer; Anita Motion; and Bob and Joyce Orndorff, part owners of Just Howard, display the award for Maryland-bred Horse of the Year at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. Just Howard also won the award for Maryland-Bred Champion Turf Runner. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Lyn De White; Willie White, the president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and part owner of Just Howard; Graham Motion, Just Howard’s trainer; Anita Motion; and Bob and Joyce Orndorff, part owners of Just Howard, display the award for Maryland-bred Horse of the Year at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. Just Howard also won the award for Maryland-Bred Champion Turf Runner. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Jevian Toledo shows off his Jockey of the Year award presented to him at the Sagamore Pendry hotel during the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Jevian Toledo shows off his Jockey of the Year award presented to him at the Sagamore Pendry hotel during the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Members of the Sagamore Farm team accepted the award for Owner of the Year at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. Pictured from left are Hunter Rankin, Sagamore Farm president and a Maryland Horse Breeders Association board member; Jocelyn Brooks, chief of staff; Katlyn Lamp, communications manager; Carolyn Johnson, general accountant; and Randy Lewis, director of guest services & business development. Joining them was David Richardson, far right, executive director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Members of the Sagamore Farm team accepted the award for Owner of the Year at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. Pictured from left are Hunter Rankin, Sagamore Farm president and a Maryland Horse Breeders Association board member; Jocelyn Brooks, chief of staff; Katlyn Lamp, communications manager; Carolyn Johnson, general accountant; and Randy Lewis, director of guest services & business development. Joining them was David Richardson, far right, executive director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Elizabeth Voss, the trainer of Swoop, collects the award for Maryland Bred Champion Steeplechaser at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

Elizabeth Voss, the trainer of Swoop, collects the award for Maryland Bred Champion Steeplechaser at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, John Salzman Jr., trainer and part owner of Limited View); Marla Salzman; Mike Pons, co-manager of Country Life Farm and past president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; Carol Kaye, representing Limited View’s breeder Barbara Smith and Dave Pons, son of Mike Pons, receive the award for Maryland-Bred Champion 2-Year-Old Filly at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, John Salzman Jr., trainer and part owner of Limited View); Marla Salzman; Mike Pons, co-manager of Country Life Farm and past president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association; Carol Kaye, representing Limited View’s breeder Barbara Smith and Dave Pons, son of Mike Pons, receive the award for Maryland-Bred Champion 2-Year-Old Filly at the inaugural Renaissance Awards. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Gen Pierce, representing Buckingham Farm, Crabcakes’ breeder; Bernie Houghton, Crabcakes’ trainer; and Susie Chatfield-Taylor, Crabcakes’ owner, accept the award for Maryland-Bred Champion 3-Year-Old Filly at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, Crabcakes also won the award for Maryland-Bred Champion Sprinter. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

From left, Gen Pierce, representing Buckingham Farm, Crabcakes’ breeder; Bernie Houghton, Crabcakes’ trainer; and Susie Chatfield-Taylor, Crabcakes’ owner, accept the award for Maryland-Bred Champion 3-Year-Old Filly at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, Crabcakes also won the award for Maryland-Bred Champion Sprinter. (Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

(Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

(Photo by Jerry Dzierwinkski, Maryland Horse Breeders Association)

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Maryland Jockey Club recognized excellence in Thoroughbred racing at the inaugural Renaissance Awards Feb. 12 at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Fells Point.

More than 200 guests attended the event and a portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit local charities Beyond the Wire, the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation and Maryland horse industry scholarships.

The Renaissance Awards were created to celebrate the resurgence of the racing and breeding industries in Maryland. The Maryland Jockey Club reported a total handle of more than $600 million in 2017, a 12 percent increase from 2016. Several of the state’s most prominent race days reported record crowds and wagers including the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes which set all-time records with a crowd of more than 140,000 fans wagering more than $97.1 million. In the past eight years, the number of mares bred to Maryland sires and the number of Maryland-bred foals has increased more than 40 percent.

Renaissance Awards winners included Maryland-bred Horse of the Year: Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender, owned by Skeedattle Associates); Owner of the Year: Sagamore Farm; Trainer of the Year: Claudio Gonzalez; Jockey of the Year: Jevian Toledo; Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male: Whirlin Curlin (bred and owned by Marathon Farms Inc.); Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly: Limited View (bred by Barbara G. Smith, owned by John E. Salzman Jr., Fred Wasserloos and George Greenwalt); Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male: Just Howard; Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly: Crabcakes (bred by Buckingham Farm, owned by Morgan’s Ford Farm); Maryland-bred champion older male: Struth (bred by Fitzhugh LLC, owned by Mark Sitlinger); Maryland-bred champion older filly: My Magician (bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Brooke C. Bowman and R. Larry Johnson, owned by Euro Stable); Maryland-bred champion sprinter: Crabcakes; Maryland-bred champion turf runner: Just Howard; and Maryland-bred champion steeplechaser: Swoop (bred and owned by Mary Voss).

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