The Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Jockey Club held their first Renaissance Awards on Monday recognizing excellence in thoroughbred racing and breeding in 2017. The Renaissance Awards were created to celebrate the resurgence of the racing and breeding industries in Maryland. More than 200 guests attended the event at the Sagamore Pendry in historic Fells Point. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit local charities: Beyond the Wire, the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation and Maryland horse industry scholarships. Following is a list of award winners.
Renaissance Awards Winners
Maryland-bred Horse of the Year: Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender, owned by Skeedattle Associates)
Owner of the Year: Sagamore Farm
Trainer of the Year: Claudio Gonzalez
Jockey of the Year: Jevian Toledo
Breeder of the Year: Howard M. Bender
Stallion of the Year: Great Notion (Stands at Northview Stallion Station)
Broodmare of the Year: Parlez (owned by Robert T. Manfuso and K. Voss)
Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male: Whirlin Curlin (bred and owned by Marathon Farms Inc.)
Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly: Limited View (bred by Barbara G. Smith, owned by John E. Salzman Jr., Fred Wasserloos and George Greenwalt)
Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male: Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender, owned by Skeedattle Associates)
Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly: Crabcakes (bred by Buckingham Farm, owned by Morgan's Ford Farm)
Maryland-bred champion older male: Struth (bred by Fitzhugh LLC, owned by Mark Sitlinger)
Maryland-bred champion older filly: My Magician (bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Brooke C. Bowman and R. Larry Johnson, owned by Euro Stable)
Maryland-bred champion sprinter: Crabcakes (bred by Buckingham Farm, owned by Morgan's Ford Farm)
Maryland-bred champion turf runner: Just Howard (bred by Howard M. Bender, owned by Skeedattle Associates)
Maryland-bred champion steeplechaser: Swoop (bred and owned by Mary Voss)
The Arena Football League announced its 2018 schedule with the Baltimore Brigade regular kicking off at home on April 13 against the Washington Valor at Royal Farms Arena. Following their season opener, the Brigade travel to Philadelphia on April 21 for a Week 2 matchup with the defending-champion Soul. All four teams in the league are guaranteed a playoff spot.
SCHEDULE: April 13, 7 p.m., vs. Washington Valor; April 21, 7 p.m., @ Philadelphia Soul; April 28, 3 p.m., vs. Albany Empire; May 4, 7 p.m., vs. Philadelphia Soul; May 19, 3 p.m., @ Washington Valor; May 25, 7 p.m., vs. Philadelphia Soul; June 2, 7 p.m., @ Albany Empire; June 9, 7 p.m., @ Albany Empire; June 15, 7 p.m., vs. Washington Valor; June 23, 7:30 p.m., vs. Albany Empire; June 30, 7 p.m., @ Philadelphia Soul; July 7, 3 p.m., @ Washington Valor
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit acquired the Houston Dash's natural fourth round pick in the 2019 NWSL college draft in exchange for forward Tiffany Weimer. Washington selected Weimer with the No. 20 overall pick in the NWSL dispersal draft Jan. 30.
Major Arena Soccer League: Blast midfielder Tony Donatelli was named to the MASL Team of the Week. Donatelli had a goal and an assist in the Blast's win over Milwaukee on Saturday, scoring the game-winner with eight seconds left. The Blast's Adriano Dos Santos was named honorable mention.
Baseball: The Milwaukee Brewers signed outfielder Quintin Berry, who played in 10 games for the Orioles in 2014. … The Long Island Ducks on the independent Atlantic League signed first baseman David Washington, who had six at-bats for the Orioles last season.
Men's college lacrosse: Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup between No. 8 Johns Hopkins and No. 12 Loyola Maryland at Ridley Athletic Complex will be the first college lacrosse game broadcast on Facebook Live. ... Maryland junior defenseman Curtis Corley was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. ... Nate Jones had a hat trick to lead No. 13 Army West Point (2-0) to a 14-5 victory over visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology (0-3).
Women's college lacrosse: Sam Apuzzo had a natural hat trick and finished with six goals and two assists to lead No. 4 Boston College (2-0) to a 20-2 win over visiting Holy Cross (0-1).
— From Sun staff and news services