Governor’s Cup Series Awards

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GOVERNOR’S CUP 2019 AWARDS & QUALIFYING RACES

Governor’s Cup 2019 Awards & Qualifying Races With the Conditions for each race there is a bracketed number. The Qualifying Races
for each award are listed by these numbers under each award. Award winners must
meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the Conditions. For changes in qualifications
and an updated list of points please check www.marylandsteeplechasing.com.
MARYLAND OPEN TIMBER CHAMPION
Awarded to the horse that accumulates the most points in open timber races and that
meets all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions. Awards: Perpetual
Trophy, Keepsake Trophy, & Cooler.
Qualifying Races: 11, 18, 29, 47, 49, 57, 70, and 81
MARYLAND NOVICE TIMBER CHAMPION
Awarded to the horse accumulating the most points in novice and allowance timber
races. Eligible horses are those that meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the
General Conditions. Horses may only win this award once. Awards: Perpetual Trophy,
Keepsake Trophy, and $1,000 Cash Prize. In the event of a tie, the prize money will
be split.
Qualifying Races: 10, 19, 30, 46, 50, 72, 83, and 95
MARYLAND HEAVYWEIGHT TIMBER CHAMPION
Awarded to the horse that accumulates the most points in heavyweight timber races and
that meets all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions.
Awards: Keepsake Trophy & Cooler
Qualifying Races: 9, 20, and 45
H. BROOKS DURKEE MEMORIAL LEADING TIMBER RIDER AWARD
Earner of the most points in timber races (Open, Allowance, Novice, Heavyweight,
Maiden). Winner must meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions.
Awards: Keepsake Trophy, and a Perpetual Trophy donated by the Durkee
Family and Brooks’ many friends.
Qualifying Races: 9, 10, 11, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 57, 70, 72, 81,
83, and 95
MARYLAND-BRED & MARYLAND MILLION-SIRED
TIMBER HORSE AWARDS
The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (which oversees the Thoroughbred breeding
registry in the state) and the Maryland Million, Ltd. will provide $1,000 in cash
bonuses for Maryland-bred and Maryland Million-sired Thoroughbreds in the 2019
Governor’s Cup Series. $500 will be awarded to the owner of the registered Marylandbred
timber horse earning the most points in the series, and $500 will be awarded to the
owner of the Maryland Million-sired timber horse earning the most points in the series.
Maryland Million-sired eligibility can be checked at marylandmillion.com. You can
check Maryland-bred eligibility at marylandthoroughbred.com. Eligibility for either
may also be confirmed by calling 410-252-2100 x122
AMATEUR APPRENTICE TIMBER HORSE & RIDER CHAMPION
Presented to the horse and rider combination that accumulates the most points in amateur
and/or apprentice timber races and that meets all eligibility requirements as defined
in the General Conditions. Awards: $500 to owner and a keepsake trophy to rider.
Prize money to be split in event of tie. Sponsored by Michael Wharton.
Qualifying Races: 21, 31, and 51
THE VOSS AMATEUR FLAT RACE SERIES
Trophy to highest placing jockey in amateur flat races of approximately 2 miles. Award:
Keepsake Trophy
Qualifying Races: 12, 28, 43, and 79
THE HURDY GURDY PERPETUAL TROPHY
Presented (not necessarily annually) to the foxhunting horse and rider combination that
meets all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions and that has the
best racing season, as determined by Governor’s Cup Series Committee. Perpetual
Trophy donated by the family of Kingdon Gould and the Howard County Cup Race
Meet. Award: 1 year possession of the Perpetual Trophy and a Keepsake trophy; 2 caps
to EHHC, GSV, HCIBH, Marlborough, and Potomac.
LEADING TRAINER AWARD
Trainer earning the most points from races over fences and on the flat. Winner must
meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions. Awards: Keepsake
Trophy & $1,000 Cash Prize. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be split.
Qualifying Races: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,
46, 47, 49, 50, 57, 70, 72, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, and 95
OVERALL LEADING RIDER
Awarded to the rider with the most cumulative wins over timber (Open, Allowance,
Novice, Heavyweight, Maiden), hurdle, and on the flat. Winner must meet all eligibility
requirements as defined in the General Conditions. Awards: Keepsake trophy.
Qualifying Races: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,
46, 47, 49, 50, 57, 70, 72, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, and
95
THOMAS H. VOSS MEMORIAL PERPETUAL TROPHY
FOR THE LEADING AMATEUR RIDER
Awarded to the amateur rider with the most qualifying wins over hurdles, timber, and on
the flat. Winner must meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions.
Awards: Perpetual Trophy donated by Elkridge-Harford Hounds.
Qualifying Races: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46,
47, 49, 50, 57, 70, 72, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, and 95
THE BETSY FIREY MEMORIAL TROPHY
Presented in memory of Betsy Firey and awarded to the female jockey accumulating the
most points in all flat, timber (Open, Allowance, Novice, Heavyweight, Maiden), and
hurdle races. Winner must meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the General
Conditions. Awards: Keepsake Trophy donated by the Firey Family Trust.
Qualifying Races: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46,
47, 49, 50, 57, 70, 72, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, and 95

MARYLAND JUNIOR RIDER AWARDS:

LEADING JUNIOR HORSE RIDER
Awarded to the Junior Rider who races at least twice (in division qualifying races) and
wins at least once, and has the most cumulative points in Junior Field Master’s Chases.
Winner must meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the General Conditions.
Awards: Keepsake Trophy to leading TB and non-TB riders.
Qualifying Races:
Thoroughbred Division: 7, 25, 38, 55, 63, and 69
Non-Thoroughbred Division: 8, 26, 39, 56, 64, and 69
LEADING PONY RIDERS
Awarded to the Junior Pony Riders who races at least twice (in division qualifying
races) and wins at least once, and has the most cumulative points in Junior Field Master
Chases & flat races. Each pony division (small, medium, and large) will be awarded.
The Junior Pony Rider accumulating the most points in all divisions combined will be
awarded the Overall Pony Rider Award. Winners must meet all eligibility requirements
as defined in the General Conditions.
Awards: Keepsake Trophies.
Qualifying Races:
Small: 1, 4, 15, 22, 32, 35, 52, 59, 65, 76, and 84
Medium: 2, 5, 16, 23, 33, 36, 53, 60, 66, 73, and 85
Large: 3, 6, 17, 24, 34, 37, 54, 61, 67, 71, and 86
THE JONATHAN KISER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Presented in recognition of a Junior Rider’s race participation, horsemanship, sportsmanship,
talent, and dedication to the sport of steeplechasing. Recipient to be selected
by the MSA Board from among all Junior Riders currently riding in Junior and Pony
races. One recipient per year. Awards: Position as a working student for a week with
NSA trainer (Todd Wyatt) and tuition to the National Steeplechase Foundation Summer
Steeplechase Camp/Clinic.
JUNIOR FOXCHASING SCHOLARSHIP
Presented in recognition of a Junior Rider’s commitment & dedication to the sport of
steeplechasing, to foster the relationship and tradition between foxchasing & steeplechasing.
Recipients to be selected by the MSA Board from among all Junior Riders
currently riding in Junior and Pony races. Number of recipients at the discretion of the
MSA Board. Awards: Capping fees for Junior Riders and chaperoning adults, tuition to
foxchasing camps and clinics.
LEADING JUNIOR & YOUNG RIDER GROUP –
THE D. M. SMITHWICK AWARD
Award based on participation of amateur Young or Junior Riders affiliated
with an MSA-recognized Foxhunting, Riding or Pony Club. The club whose members earn the most number
of points during the current MSA season will receive a cash prize. Riders who wish
to apply for this award must be a current member of the club(s) they wish to represent,
and must complete and submit an MSA registration form to participate in this series.
(forms available here)
Points will be awarded to the club(s) represented by each rider pursuant to the MSA
General Conditions, and ALL finishers not placing will receive 1/2 point for participating.
Winners of all awards MUST meet all eligibility requirements as defined in the
General Conditions. Each rider is responsible for downloading the participation form
from www.marylandsteeplechasing.com in order to have all of their points counted.
Award: $500 cash to winning group; in the event of a tie, the prize money will be split.
Qualifying Races: All MSA races for which the riders qualify.

Race numbers in bold italics, which are the races at the MSA sanctioned Fair Hill
meet on Saturday, May 25, are subject to change. Changes will be reflected in the
Condition Book at marylandsteeplechasing.com.
Please direct ALL questions, concerns, and comments regarding the Maryland
Governor’s Cup Series General Conditions or points to:
Governor’s Cup Chief Steward
J.W.Y. Martin, MFH
410-833-1167 • 410-370-1144 • Jwymfh@aol.com