Boniface Among Honorees Of Maryland Racing Media Awards

by | 02.17.2019 | 5:37pm
J. William Boniface to receive lifetime achievement award from Maryland Racing Media Association

Longtime Maryland trainer J. William Boniface, jockey Weston Hamilton, breeders Angie and Sabrina Moore, and Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire will be honored Monday at Laurel Park after having been chosen as award winners by the Maryland Racing Media Association.

Boniface was voted the organization's highest honor, the Humphrey S. Finney Award for lifetime achievement in Thoroughbred racing in Maryland. Boniface will always be linked with 1983 Preakness Stakes winner, Deputed Testamony, a horse he also bred via his family's Bonita Farm operation.

Hamilton, son of jockey Steve 'Cowboy' Hamilton, was selected recipient of the Dale Austin Newsmaker Award following a season where he won 120 of 930 mounts and more than $3.5 million in purse earnings to become the 11th Maryland-based rider to be named Eclipse Award champion apprentice.

Angie Moore and her daughter Sabrina Moore will receive the Nancy Alberts Breakthrough Award after emerging on the scene this year courtesy of Knicks Go, winner of the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland and runner-up behind Game Winner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Glorious Empire, trained at Fair Hill by James 'Chuck'  Lawrence II for owner Matthew Schera, will receive recognition as Maryland-based Horse of the Year after winning the Sword Dancer (G1), Fort Lauderdale (G2) and Bowling Green (G2) and being named an Eclipse Award finalist for champion male turf horse.

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