REISTERSTOWN — Street Lute, bred by the Bowman family of Dance Forth Farm near Chestertown, is favored to win the 2020 Renaissance Award for Maryland-bred 2-year-old Filly of the Year.
Another Bowman-bred, Monday Morning Qb, is a finalist for 3-year-old Colt of the Year and veterinarian Dr. Tom Bowman and his wife Chris Bowman are finalists for Breeder of the Year.
A daughter of Street Magician out of a Midnight Lute mare, Street Lute won five of six starts and earned $290,000 for trainer John “Jerry” Robb and owner Lucky 7 Stables in 2020.
Street Lute emerged on the scene Labor Day weekend when she prevailed in her career debut in a maiden special weight race at Delaware Park. She returned to that oval three weeks later to capture the Small Wonder Stakes.
After suffering her lone defeat in the Maryland Million Lassie to Miss Nondescript, Street Lute capped her freshman campaign by winning three more stakes.
Monday Morning Qb, a son of Imagining trained by Robert Reid Jr., had only one win last year but it was certainly a memorable and emphatic one. He captured the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic by three lengths. Later, he was second as the favorite in the Grade III Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct Race Track in New York.
Monday Morning Qb was second to Happy Saver in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel, a commendable effort considering that Happy Saver came right back to take the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious events.
The fourth edition of the Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, will look a bit different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The top Maryland owner, trainer and jockey, Maryland stallion, broodmare and breeder, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2020 will be honored virtually.
Special awards will be presented to Pimlico and Laurel Backstretch Employees of the Year as well as to an industry Unsung Hero.
The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year.
Finalists were highlighted during the week of Feb. 15.
Champions and industry award winners will be announced throughout the week of Feb. 22.
Posts are scheduled daily, Monday through Sunday. To keep up with all of the feature posts highlighting finalists and announcing Maryland-bred champions and industry awards winners, follow the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's website and social media accounts: Facebook.com/MarylandTB; Instagram, @marylandtb; and Twitter, @marylandtb.
Printed here are the finalists, listed alphabetically.
Champion 2-year-old male: After Five, bred by Mary E. Eppler Racing Stable Inc. and A. Leonard Pineau and owned by Breeze Easy LLC; Jaxon Traveler, bred by Dr. and Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau and owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner; and Singlino, bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC and owned by John E. Worsley.
Champion 2-year-old filly: Juror Number Four, bred by Classic Thoroughbred XXIX and owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC; Miss Nondescript, bred and owned by Barak Farm; and Street Lute, bred by the Bowmans and owned by Lucky 7 Stables.
Champion 3-year-old male: Field Pass, bred by Mark Brown Grier and owned by Three Diamonds Farm; Fiya, bred by Ann W. Merryman and owned by Robert Masiello; and Monday Morning Qb, bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer and owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC.
Champion 3-year-old filly: Hello Beautiful, bred by Hillwood Stables and owned by Madaket Stables LLC, Mark Frasetto, Mark Parkinson, K-mac Stables and Magic City Stables; Project Whiskey, bred by Dark Hollow Farm and owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing; and Sharing, bred by Sagamore Farm and owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck).
Maryland-bred champion older male: Harpers First Ride, bred by Sagamore Farm and owned by MCA Racing Stable LLC; Knicks Go, bred by Angie Moore and owned by Korea Racing Authority; and Laki, bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker and owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadows.
Maryland-bred champion older female: Blamed, bred by Sagamore Farm and owned by Cleber J. Massey; Majestic Reason, bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC and Ellen Charles and owned by Hillwood Stable LLC and Richard L. Golden; and Never Enough Time, bred and owned by R. Larry Johnson.
Champion sprinter: Fiya, bred by Ann W. Merryman and owned by Robert Masiello; Laki, bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker and owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadows; and Whereshetoldmetogo, bred by David H. Wade and owned by Madaket Stables LLC, Ten Strike Racing, Michael E. Kisber and Black Cloud Stable LLC.
Champion turf runner: Field Pass, bred by Mark Brown Grier and owned by Three Diamonds Farm; Fiya, bred by Ann W. Merryman and owned by Robert Masiello; and Sharing, bred by Sagamore Farm and owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck).
Owner of the Year: Robert Bone, Men’s Grille and Michael Scheffres.
Trainer of the Year: Claudio A. Gonzalez, Brittany Russell and Mike Trombetta.
Jockey of the Year: Trevor McCarthy, Sheldon Russell and Jevian Toledo.
Breeder of the Year: Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Angie Moore and Sagamore Farm.
Broodmare of the Year: Barouchka, Love’s Reason, Over the Moon and Uniformly Yours.
Stallion of the Year: Bourbon Courage, Golden Lad and Great Notion.
MTHA Unsung Hero Award: Victor Carrasco.
Pimlico Backstretch Employee of the Year: Edgar Gallegos.
Laurel Backstretch Employee of the Year: Antonio Lopez Salazar.