RACING COMMUNITY FONDLY REMEMBERS EDDIE GAUDET

Horsemen in Maryland and beyond remember Edmond “Eddie” Gaudet not only for his horsemanship, but for his love of family and friends and for his sense of humor.

Gaudet, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died Jan. 4 at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Linda, who took over the stable several years ago; and daughters Lacey, now the trainer of record, and Gabrielle, a racing analyst and reporter in New York and Florida who began her on-air career in Maryland.

“Do you want the PG version?” Laurel Park-based trainer Ferris Allen said with a laugh. “Eddie was certainly among the most colorful members of the backside—always. He was sometimes irreverent but with a humorous bent on everything, and erroneously thought he was a poet.”

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Laurel Park Backstretch Worker Of The Year: Arturo Pinones

Arturo Pinones considers himself very fortunate to have been the primary groom for Ravalo, a winner of 18 races and more than $1.34 million in his career. And people associated with the Laurel Park-based Donald Barr stable feel fortunate to have had Pinones on the team for more than two decades.

Pinones, selected as the Groom of the Year at Laurel Park for 2017, came to the United States from Mexico in 1984 and spent 12 years in California. He moved to Maryland and has worked for Barr for 22 years.

Pinones became the go-to guy for Barr when the trainer was vacation, and often traveled with horses that raced out of town. One of Barr’s clients said Pinones is invaluable not only for his work ethic but his love of family.

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Pimlico Backstretch Worker Of The Year: ENRIQUE LOPEZ

Mexico native Enrique Lopez began working with horses in Kentucky in 1988 and in 2002 moved to Maryland, where he worked for the late trainer Richard Small for a short time.

The following year he took a job with trainer Ann Merryman and, 14 years later, still works for the Pimlico Race Course-based stable. His dedication to Thoroughbreds and conscientiousness as an employee have earned him the honor of Groom of the Year at Pimlico Race Course for 2017.

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Match Series Gaining Steam For A Revival

Racetracks and horsemen’s groups in the Mid-Atlantic region have met twice over the past few months in an attempt to fashion a series of races that would lead to the return of the widely acclaimed Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships, commonly referred to as the MATCH Series.

MATCH, created by the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in the mid 1990s, was last held in 2001. It featured five divisions, each with six stakes at tracks in the region, and offered up to $500,000 in bonus money for participating owners and trainers.

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Beyond The Wire Sponsoring Horsemen’s Informational Seminar

Owners, trainers and assistant trainers are encouraged to attend a Feb. 6 seminar on racehorse injuries and their implications for racing and retirement.

Dr. Patty Hogan, a New Jersey-based equine surgeon who regularly works with retired racehorses and assists various aftercare programs in the region, will be the guest speaker. The program, sponsored by Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the clubhouse at Laurel Park.

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Indian Paint Wins Fantasy Owner’s Challenge; Some Participants Invest

A timely and successful trip to Pennsylvania in September proved the deciding move that gave Gunpowder Farms’ Indian Paint the top spot in the 2017 Fantasy Ownership Challenge sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

The Challenge, launched March 18 at Laurel Park as part of a Fantasy Owners Day promotion that included a seminar on Thoroughbred ownership, offered $50,000 in prize money to the “owners” of the top five horses based on their earnings through Dec. 31. The horse’s names were drawn randomly by those who participated in the new owner seminar. Indian Paint, a 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly trained by Kelly Rubley, who is based at Fair Hill Training Center, won three races in 2017, all of them in the contest period. She won a maiden special weight event at Laurel in April, an allowance race at Delaware Park in June, and another allowance race at Parx Racing in September, and also had a second and third in allowance company during her campaign.

Indian Paint’s contest earnings were $111,745 according to official Equibase statistics. The promotion encouraged several people to invest in racehorses, including Cara Neary of Alexandria, Va. Neary is one of the three “owners” of Indian Paint.

Neary on March 18 visited the Taste of Victory Stables booth, got information on partnerships, and eventually invested in two 2-year-olds purchased by Laurel-based trainer Phil Schoenthal at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale in May.

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