As we face a bleak spring, here is a spot of bright new – and the answer to the question: “Does the Maryland Goveror’s Cup Series really matter?”

For Charlie Marquez, the answer is yes!

Charlie Marquez accepting the 2018 Leading Jr Horse Rider of the Year Award from then MSA vice president Jay Young. Photo by Bob Keller

Charlie started riding out in the medium pony races in 2015, graduating to junior horse races by 2017, and earning Leading Junior Horse Rider of the Year in 2018. Charlie rode in his last pony race in spring of 2019 at Green Spring, and by the fall of 2019, he was riding in amateur claimings at Laurel. On January 1, he turned pro and now he is in third place in the winter meet standings! Congratulations, Charlie, on your moment in the sun, and thanks for letting us share in your sunshine! Our friends at The Racing Biz published this nice article; enjoy!

Charlie Marquez and Mast Strike challenge Teddy Davis and Classical Art in the stretch in the 2019 Howard County Cup Jr Horse Field Master Chase. Charlie and Mast Strike had to settle for 2nd that day. Bob Keller photo


Bug Boy Marquez posts Sunday hat trick


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