The third annual Renaissance Awards, a collaborative effort among the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year, was held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe. Awards were presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, broodmare and stallion, Backstretch Workers of the Year, one for Pimlico Race Course and one for Laurel Park, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2019.
MARYLAND-BRED CHAMPIONS OF 2019—SHARING TAKES TOP HONORS
Grade 1-winning juvenile Sharing took home top honors as Maryland-Bred Horse of the Year, champion 2-year-old filly and champion turf runner.
Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck) and trained by H. Graham Motion, Sharing wrote herself into the history books when capturing the $1,000,000 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1 at Santa Anita, becoming just the fourth Maryland-bred to win a Breeders’ Cup race. She went into the Breeders’ Cup after taking her stakes debut in the $200,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel Park. With three wins and a third-place finish during her campaign, the Speightstown filly earned $730,300.
Sharing, bred by Sagamore Farm, was sold as a yearling for $350,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga sale to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. In addition to being by a Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, she is out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Shared Account, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf-G1 winner trained by Motion. Shared Account also captured the Lake Placid Stakes-G2 and All Along Stakes-G3 while earning $1,649,427 in Sagamore’s colors.