State's horsemen tap Capuano for outstanding-trainer award

December 03, 1997|By Kent Baker

Gary Capuano was named the state's outstanding trainer for 1997 at the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association annual awards ceremony and Christmas party at Laurel Park yesterday.

Capuano, 33, broke into national prominence with Captain Bodgit, who barely missed winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in two memorable battles with Silver Charm and Free House.

Capuano's brother, Dale, won the same award in 1988.

The outstanding-owner honor went to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Houghton of Buckingham Farm, whose horse, Palliser Bay, was the high-scoring Maryland entry in the MATCH series.

Track superintendent John Passero, whose tireless efforts keep Laurel running in the winter months, was cited as the unsung hero.

Bobby Lillis, a former jockey, was honored for outstanding service to Maryland horsemen for his efforts to get backstretch employees into the voting booths.

The outstanding backstretch employees included grooms Mark Dillow, Captain Bodgit's handler at Bowie; Edna Bosica at Laurel, and Valerie Wines at Pimlico.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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