Ara­bi­ans to race at Fair Hill next year


While I was out and about ... Nancy Sim­pers, chair­woman of Ce­cil County Breeder’s Fair, re­cently stopped by our of­fice on a re­turn trip from An­napo­lis, where she par­tic­i­pated in a bill sign­ing cer­e­mony for House Bill 815, a bill she helped write.

The bill, which takes ef­fect Oct. 1, au­tho­rizes the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ara­bian breed in the Fair Hill Races, con­ducted dur­ing the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day each year.

“We’re very ex­cited to be able to add Ara­bi­ans to the other breeds we al­ready are al­lowed to race,” she said.

Since the bill doesn’t be­come law un­til Oct. 1, how­ever, Ara­bian horses won’t race un­til the 2017 Fair Hill Races.

“We will fea­ture them in only one of the sev­eral races that take place on that day,” she said.

The Ara­bian horse rac­ing bill was one of 196 bills signed into law last Tues- day by Gov. Larry Ho­gan, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the State House.

Also signed that day was House Bill 1071, in­tro­duced by the Ce­cil County Del­e­ga­tion, that will take ef­fect July 1. This bill au­tho­rizes a Class 9 lim­ited dis­tillery li­cense and a Class 7 mi­cro­brew­ery li­cense for Ce­cil County.

A se­condary, re­lated bill that will al­low dis­tillery li­censees an off-site per­mit and a liquor fes­ti­val per­mit for a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion was also was signed into law Tues­day and takes ef­fect July 1.

*** Sally Goswell, man­ager of Fair Hill Train­ing Cen­ter, sent me a news clip that I’d like to share with my read­ers.

For­mer Whig sports editor Joe Clancy and his brother, Sean, re­ceived a pres­ti­gious award from the Ken­tucky Thor­ough­bred Own­ers and Breed­ers Board of Di­rec­tors on April 21 dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Keeneland Race Course.

The Clancy broth­ers, both grad­u­ates of the Univer­sity of Delaware, re­ceived the Charles W. En­gel­hard Award for over­all out­stand­ing news cov­er­age of the thor­ough­bred in­dus­try. This award puts them in the same cat­e­gory with past re­cip­i­ents like Jim McKay, NBC Sports, An­heuser-Busch, Se­abis­cuit, Red Smith, Joe Hirsch, Kent Hollingsworth and Ca­wood Ledford.

Cer­tainly, congratulations are in or­der! Yippee!

The Clancy boys own and op­er­ate ST Pub­lish­ing Inc., head­quar­tered at Fair Hill. They started pub­lish­ing Steeple­chase Times from Joe’s base­ment in 1994 when he was still at the Whig and Sean was a jockey. Dur­ing the last 22 years, they have added The Saratoga Spe­cial, the Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing Cal­en­dar and ThisHorseRac­ web­site, and they each write a blog, as well as edit and write sto­ries for Mid-At­lantic Thor­ough­bred mag­a­zine.

“This was very much a sur­prise,” Joe said, adding he doesn’t quite feel old enough to be get­ting a life­time achieve­ment award since he’s only 51, but that he is very grate­ful.

*** Ce­cil County Agri­cul­ture Co­or­di­na­tor Joanne Richart-Young told mem­bers of the county’s Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion ear­lier this month that War­wick Mush­room, a large mush­room grow­ing op­er­a­tion near Ce­cil­ton, is cur­rently work­ing with two states to ex­tend a nat­u­ral gas line from Ch­e­sa­peake Util­i­ties in the Mid­dle­town, Del., area to its op­er­a­tion in Mary­land.

*** A vet­eran’s job fair is sched­uled for May 25 in the gym­na­sium at Perry Point VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Per­ryville.

It is open to all ac­tive duty, re­tired, re­serve mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies. Busi­ness at­tire is rec­om­mended and ev­ery­one should bring copies of their re­sume. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing is free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mat­tix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.


Mem­bers of the Ce­cil County Breeder’s Fair pose with mem­bers of the Ce­cil County Del­e­ga­tion, Gov. Larry Ho­gan, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch dur­ing the May 10 bill sign­ing.

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