Monday, January 7, 2013
No Marlborough Hunt Races in 2013
From The Capital
We are sad to say that for the third year in a row, the Marlborough Hunt Races — a rite of spring that for years drew a loyal crowd of thousands to Roedown Farm for a day at the races and untold fun — won’t be held in 2013.
The steeplechase races at the Davidsonville farm had been held on a Sunday in early April for 35 years.
Marlborough Hunt Club officials, who stage the races, said they still are seeking another venue. The property was sold two years ago following the death of previous owner, Hal C.B. Clagett, a former president of the hunt club.
The event regularly drew 5,000 racing fans, many of whom set up lavish tailgate spreads on the hill of the Harwood farm overlooking the grassy race course. Held rain or shine — even sleet and snow on a few occasions — the event was the unofficial “coming out” party of spring.
Race committee chairman Christy Clagett said the club “still cannot come to agreement” with the new owners of the farm.
Clagett said the hunt club committee is exploring alternative sites for 2014.
She said one property the club was considering was the former Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills, which is under the county’s control now. “But there was one snafu: They don’t allow alcohol on the property.”
Another possible site, she said, is “Al Smith’s place in (Prince George’s) County. We are hoping when they do develop it, they will leave us with about 100 acres or so” to hold the event.
Clagett said the club has been offered other sites, but “the terrain was not safe for the horses.”