Maryland is a horse lover’s mecca and has been a fixture in American horse racing for hundreds of years. Think wild ponies on Assateague Island and first-rate thoroughbreds from farms across the state (including world-famous horses Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and War Admiral). As the season gears up, get dressed up and head down to the legendary tracks to see new champions crowned in this timeless sport.
4/15: MY LADY’S MANOR STEEPLECHASE
Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dive into Maryland’s rich riding history with the first steeplechase of the season.
4/18: FAIR HILL POINT-TO-POINT
Fair Hill Nature Center, Elkton. 11:15 a.m. This spring tradition takes up-and-coming jockeys over fences across the Maryland countryside to work their way up the equestrian ranks.
4/22: GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE
Grand National Steeplechase, Butler. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Bring your binoculars to watch riders jump fences and cross fields during this fast-paced, 115th annual race in Baltimore County.
4/29: MARYLAND HUNT CUP
Worthington Farms, Reisterstown. 11 a.m. For the 121st year, tailgate, picnic, and watch as top equestrians complete the four-mile, 22-fence course.
4/30: MARYLAND JUNIOR HUNT CUP
Shawan Downs, Cockeysville. 11 a.m. During this event for kids and young adults, aspiring equestrians compete on pony-back.
5/19: BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY
Pimlico Race Course. 8 a.m. Since 1919, 3-year-old fillies have run this mile and one-eighth race the Friday before every Preakness.
Pimlico Race Course. 8 a.m. Don’t miss Maryland’s most beloved equestrian event during this second race of the Triple Crown, now in its 142nd year at Pimlico.