Sabrina Moore's My Fantastic Lady was crowned the overall champion at the third Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, presented July 13 in the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
Ridden by Courtney Sommers, My Fantastic Lady accumulated the most points after winning three classes: novice hunter, novice hunter walk/trot canter, and novice hunter classic.
"She was a morning glory as a racehorse," Moore said of the 6-year-old. "She did everything perfect in the morning. We tried her short and long and we tried her on the grass. She had four starts but she just wasn't competitive. My mom loves her, though, and we were determined to keep her."
Behind My Fantastic Lady in the overall standings came Testamonially, who has finished second in the Pimlico show three years in a row. Overall, there were 343 entries in a total of 16 classes.
"Things went as smoothly as possible with all of the horses and the hot weather," said show manager Georganne Hale, the Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary. "Things were going very well until the ground became a little slippery toward the end and we had a lot of late scratches. We were honored to have two female Hunt Cup winners here this afternoon. Liz McKnight rode in the show and Joy Slater was a spectator."
The event was conceived by Hale and Adena Springs retirement program manager Stacie Clark-Rogers. The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, part of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series, is one of a handful of shows for Thoroughbreds in which each horse shows under its Jockey Club name. Traditional show horses often have their names altered when they change owners or circuits.
Nearly $15,000 in total prize money was awarded to the owners of the first three finishers in each class. The 2014 proceeds will go to two local Thoroughbred aftercare programs: Foxie G Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue. Since 2012, the Pimlico show has raised more than $23,000 to benefit Thoroughbred aftercare organizations.