The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has announced its 2002 award winners. They are: C. Frank Hopkins, outstanding owner; Lawrence Murray , outstanding trainer; Nancy Alberts, special achievement. Outstanding backstretch employees recognized by the group are: Terry Overmier, employee of Kenneth Cox, Bowie; Brenda Brady, employee of John J. Robb, Laurel Park; Betty Majarro, employee of Casey Lattimer, Pimlico. The awards will be presented Dec. 2 ... On Friday, Dec. 13 the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club will honor Tom Evans, this year's Farm Manager of the Year, at its annual dinner dance. For information call (859) 296-4279 ... Fasig-Tipton will hold its Texas December sale on Sunday, Dec. 15, at Lone Star Park. A total of 303 horses are catalogued for the auction, including dispersals of Mr. and Mrs. Art Preston's Lone Oak Ranch and B.L. Littleton. For more information call (972) 262-0000 ... Runaway Tiger has been named the Finger Lakes Horse of the Year. The 4-year-old filly won five of her six starts at the track in 2002. Others honored by the track's HBPA include Packett's Landing, the 12th member of the Finger Lakes Hall of Fame, and Soloman's Seal and Cash Only, the top colts at Finger Lakes for this meet ... Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine will holds its annual Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop in Baton Rouge Jan. 25-26, 2003. For information or to register, call (225) 578-9826 or visit www.vetmed.lsu.edu ... The Southern Lights display at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington is open nightly until 10 p.m. through Dec. 31 ... TVG will present live coverage of the Texas Classic Futurity this Saturday from Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET. The $1 million American Quarter Horse event is the richest race in Texas horseracing history. Coverage will be sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The program will air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net West 2, Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and Fox Sports New York the next day ... In preparation for the
upcoming holiday season, Arlington Park announced that seats and dining reservations for the Arlington Million plus discount passes, dining packages, gift certificates and reserved seats for the 2003 Arlington race meet will go on sale today. Next year, Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 104-day meet from Friday, May 9 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2003. For information call (847) 385-7500 or visit www.arlingtonpark.com.