Racing the Times
From Emmy® Award-winning director W. Drew Perkins, Racing the Times tells the story of Maryland’s unequalled 300-year horse breeding and racing history through re-creations, interviews with racing industry leaders, and historical vignettes. The film chronicles the centuries-old Maryland racing tradition that began with America’s first official horserace held in Annapolis in 1743. That same year, the Maryland Jockey Club became the first sporting organization in America.
Other highlights in the film include:
The great match race of 1877 when the U.S. Congress closed its doors and members rode a train to Pimlico to watch the race
The legendary race between Sea Biscuit and War Admiral at Pimlico in 1938
Maryland’s great farms and legendary horses such as Glen Riddle Farm’s Man of War and Sagamore Farm’s Native Dancer
The 1983 Preakness which saw the last Maryland-bred, Maryland-trained horse, Deputed Testamony, ridden by a Maryland jockey, race to victory.
Running Time: 1:25:40 Rating: NR
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