Maryland State Fair Offering Barn Awards

The Maryland State Fair at Timonium, which currently is housing more than 550 horses from Laurel Park, will begin recognizing the “best kept” barns beginning the week of June 6.

Based on judging by Fair officials, the trainer whose stabling and maintenance of the road area is selected as best will be awarded $400, which will go to the staff of the trainer. There will be only one award per stable.

Bill Reightler, Director of Racing Operations for the Fair, said the weekly awards will continue for as long as the horses are on the grounds.

“To the horsemen, we’d like to say, ‘We hope they are as pleased to be here as we are to have them as our guests,’ ” Reightler said.

Horses were relocated from Laurel to Timonium and Pimlico Race Course to facilitate a reconstruction of the dirt track at Laurel. The Laurel summer meet dates have been shifted to Pimlico through at least June 30.

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