It’s a little-known secret, but common knowledge amount equine pros … the state of Maryland vies Kentucky for great horse country. Equestrian centers around Baltimore offer an array of superb lessons, trails, boarding, rescue farms, breeding programs and more. Here’s just a sampling of facilities.
They’re Assateague Island’s famous wild horses. Park officials said the very thing that makes the horses a national treasure and draws millions of visitors to this 48,000-acre seashore south of Ocean City each year is under threat: Their wildness.
Right now in Howard County, there are more than 100 abused and neglected horses being nursed back to health.
Horseback riders are at odds with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission after the utility blocked access to a trail that’s been used for decades.
Maryland is one of eight states with a horse rescue farm operated by prison inmates. The farm gives a second chance to retired race horses. An anonymous gift could open doors for inmates, too.
Preakness winner Shackleford and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom could meet again in next month’s Belmont Stakes, resuming a newfound rivalry among 3-year-old colts that haven’t gotten much respect this year.
Nick Zito believes his horse Dialed In is the best 3-year-old in the country. He’ll be keeping an eye on a rival
in Saturday’s Preakness, though, and maybe even rooting a bit for Norman Asbjornson.
Eighteen months after finishing her final chemotherapy treatment, Mary Wiley-Wagner had another reason to
Four years ago trainer Steve Asmussen won the Preakness with Curlin, a lightly raced colt who developed into a two-time Horse of the Year. Two years ago, he came with another Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra, the first filly to win the Preakness since Nellie Morse in 1924. Asmussen will try his hand again Saturday, this time with Astrology. The son of A.P. Indy was co-owned by the late Jess Jackson, who also owned Rachel Alexandra.
U.S. Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Nick Zito like their positions heading into the Preakness Stakes.
Despite Nehro’s absence, the race is expected to attract the maximum 14 horses — only the third time since 1991 that 14 horses have run in the Preakness.
Trainers for Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro along with other candidates for the Preakness are watching the weather before setting workouts early this week at Churchill Downs.