- Published: Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:50
Trainers Bobby Leaf and Laura Roadcap are the winners of the first two “best kept” barn awards at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium.
The State Fair, which currently is housing more than 550 horses from Laurel Park, the week of June 6 began recognizing trainers who keep the area around their barns spruced up. One barn is recognized each week for as long as the horses are stabled at Timonium during the reconstruction of the Laurel dirt track.
Andy Cashman, General Manager of the State Fair, said the judges walk the barns on a daily basis and take notes on trainers whose stabling and maintenance of the stables and road area are organized, raked and generally clean. Each judge selects the top three in their estimation and takes into consideration the work required for horsemen with a larger number of horses.
“One of our judges today noticed flowers near some of the barns, so it seems people are taking it very seriously,” Cashman said. “They take different notes about different things. This is a good thing and we’ll try to keep it going for as long as the horses are here.”
Based on the judging by Fair officials, the trainer whose stabling and maintenance is selected as best each week will be awarded $400, which will go to the staff of the trainer. There will be only one award per stable.
The Laurel summer meet dates have been shifted to Pimlico through Aug. 22. Officials with 1/ST RACING (The Stronach Group) have indicated horses may be permitted to return to Laurel beginning Aug. 2 depending on the status of the reconstruction project.