Trainer back to be judge of yearlings

Frankel will evaluate 100-plus state-breds

Horse Racing

June 24, 2000|By Tom Keyser

After saddling the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel will venture to Maryland this weekend to judge the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's annual yearling show.

Scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow, the show will feature more than 100 Maryland-bred yearlings competing for cash, trophies, and prestige. It will take place in the horse-show ring at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Although 132 yearlings have been entered, slightly more than 100 are expected to compete in various classes. In addition, yearlings that compete will become eligible for $40,000 in bonuses from the Maryland-bred Fund Program. The yearlings who win the most money racing at 2 and 3 will earn $20,000 each.

Frankel joins an illustrious list of trainers who have judged the show. Among the judges in the 1990s were Frank Brothers, Neil Howard, Allen Jerkens, Bill Mott, Carl Nafzger, Scotty Schulhofer and Nick Zito.

They don't look for just a pretty horse. They look mainly for racing suitability. Since the show's inception in 1932, 131 of 242 class winners (54 percent) have grown up and won at the racetrack.

Parking and admission are free.

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