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 ThisHorseRacing.com 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.