Longtime Trainer Donald Souder Passes

Donald Eugene Souder, a longtime Maryland-based trainer, died Oct. 16. He was 85.

Souder, who began training in 1979, had 255 career victories and earnings just shy of $4 million. His most successful earnings year was 2004, when his horses banked $429,000.

Souder was an entrepreneur—he was involved in the car dealership Wynn Kelly Chevrolet in Clarksville, Md.; restaurants; and construction. He usually operated a small stable at Laurel Park, and earnings-wise, 2018 and 2019 were his best years in more than a decade.

Among Souder’s top horses were Maryland-bred Higher Strata, a multiple stakes winner who captured the Mister Diz, Maryland City and Endless Surprise at Laurel. Higher Strata, who Souder owned, also was multiple stakes-placed in a 56-race career. The filly Jubilees Galore, who he also owned and trained, won the Oakley Stakes at Colonial Downs.

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October 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 10The October 2019 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.

 

Aguirre on his way to accomplishing goals in the racing business

After years of helping with the family’s horses, exercise riding for other trainers and serving as an assistant trainer in Maryland, 24-year-old Anthony “T.J” Aguirre Jr. got his trainer’s license July 7 and had his first starter less than two weeks later.

On Aug. 15 he quickly achieved a milestone—a 2-year-old he acquired as a yearling after the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic September sale made his first start, and Aguirre was particularly proud because the colt, a Maryland-bred named Benny Havens, is also the first horse he purchased at auction and the first he broke on his own.

“I bought him privately for $1,500,” Aguirre said. “He was went through the ring and wasn’t sold. I don’t what happened. The mare is nine-for-nine with her racing foals and he’s a beautiful horse. The whole purpose was to get a Maryland-bred. I train in Maryland and I want to stay in Maryland. That was the goal.

“I’ve been with him every day. I haven’t spent a day away from him because he was at my mom’s farm.”

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September 2019 Newsletter Available

newsletter2019 9The September 2019 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to licensed owners and trainers in the state of Maryland.

 

MARYLAND THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY 2019 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Scholarship Fund (MTISF) committee has selected 16 recipients to receive scholarships this year, highlighted by the Lucy Acton Memorial Scholarship and the Eddie McMullen Memorial Scholarship. 

Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Scholarship Fund was founded more than 30 years ago, and managed until recently, by the Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA).  Today the MTISF is a joint venture with MRMA and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, the Maryland Jockey Club.The program is designed to provide meaningful financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are active in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry. 

To be eligible, applicants had to be enrolled at a college or university for the upcoming fall semester and had to have worked in Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry. 

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MTHA’s Lillis to receive Godolphin TIEA Community Award

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association congratulates Bobby Lillis, its long-time Benevolence Administrator, for being selected the winner of the 2019 Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Community Award.

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards recognize and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of farm and racing stable staff. The Community Award is for those who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and who contribute to the greater good of the sport.

Lillis and the other winners will receive their awards at the Godolphin TIEA luncheon Oct. 11 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

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