The Potomac Hunt Races in Poolesville, Maryland was run this past Sunday, May 20th. The final point-to-point of the spring was preceded by a week of daily rain, but on race day the sun came out, as did the racing fans. Wet ground made for a soft course, and sloppy conditions in the parking lot keeping ground crew busy on tractors all day freeing mud-bound vehicles. Horses had better luck than most vehicles on the day, as they managed to get around the course with a lot more ease giving spectators the performance they came to see. Winning the feature $7,500 Preakness Open Timber Race was Be Great, owned and trained by Diana Gillam. Eddie Keating steered the son of Gulch to win by a nod over Ray de Light. Trainer Leslie Young also saddled two winners, Star Glitter in the $7,500 Preakness Open Hurdle and Eddie Keating also rode Makkadangdang in the Alice Keech Maiden Hurdle, both. You can find Bob Keller’s photos of the day here and full results from the Potomac Hunt Races here.
The final hunt meet of the spring is slated for this coming Saturday, May 26th at the Fair Hill Races in Elkton, Maryland. This also marks the close of the MSA Governor’s Cup Series. Full fields on the nine-race card should make for a great day of racing. Don Clippinger takes a look at the line up for Fair Hill in For Goodness Sake seeks Coggins Memorial repeat. You can find the entries here.
Horsemen are reminded that they must be licensed with the Maryland Racing Commission to participate in this event and should contact the NSA office in advance for details on applying for credentials. This goes for all owners, trainers and riders. There will be pari-mutuel wagering on the grounds for this day of racing and also Maryland Million Premium Bonuses will be offered to Maryland Million nominated entries. The bonus will be offered for all races excluding the flat and maiden claiming hurdles races. The top three Maryland Million nominated finishers in each race have the opportunity to split $5,000 with 60% to the winner, 30% to second and 10% to third.