Brooks Robinson meets Brooks Robinson at Laurel

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson met his equine namesake Feb. 15 at Laurel Park courtesy of owner Mary Boskin and trainer Hugh McMahon.

Brooks Robinson didn't race in the afternoon but Brooks Robinson, who played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1955-77 and later transitioned into a color commentator for the team, visited the 5-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Not For Love in the barn area in the morning. Boskin had reached out to McMahon to schedule a time when Robinson could come meet the horse.

Robinson is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, all-time third basemen in Major League Baseball and is a legend in Maryland.

"Hugh and Mary invited me to come out," Robinson said. "We've been working on it for the past three or four weeks. I've been following the horse, and this morning he seemed like he was ready to go."

Robinson, 82, said he visits the off-track betting parlor at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium from time to time and gets to the track when he can.

"I use to come here with (trainer) Frank Wright," he said. "I grew up going to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., and still like to do a day at the races."

Brooks Robinson—the horse—was bred by Boskin and last fall won three races in a row including an allowance event at Penn National. He has earned more than $105,000.

"I'm not familiar with baseball, but it was nice to see someone who is famous and recognized in the state," McMahon said. "When I told some of my owners he was coming to the barn, they said, 'He's a legend. You don't know how cool this is.' Mary arranged it and we put it together."

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