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The 2011 Howard County Hunt Cup winner: Fort Henry (Ire) (orange cap), owned by Joseph G. Davies, trained by Blythe Miller Davies and ridden by J.W. Delozier III.

The Maryland Governor's Cup Series is sponsored by


Pleasant Prospect Farm
4389 Jennings Chapel Road
Brookeville, MD 20833

Timber Racing - Pony Racing - Tailgate Picnics - Family Fun
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May 3rd, 2014 is the 71st running of the Howard County Cup Race Meet and third Kentucky Derby Party! Derby Party to immediately follow last race meet; all riders, owners, trainers and spectators are welcome.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Pleasant Prospect Farm in western Howard County, this year's race meet provides an expansive setting for this year’s point-to-point, offering several ways for spectators to enjoy the races.

Tailgating Competition

Be it a basket of fried chicken set out on the truck tailgate or a spread featuring beautiful linens and silver, tailgating at the races is the most traditional and authentic way to enjoy the day. The true, diehard tailgaters are prepared for any weather! At 1:30 pm, the cut-throat tailgate competition brings out the chef in even the most domestically challenged race-patron. Winners are awarded prizes for creativity, presentation and cuisine quality. The also-rans can have their fill of all the food they've brought themselves.

Tailgate Passes are $100 for Subscriber spaces, $300 for Preferred Patrons, $500 for Railside Patrons, which put you in the thick of the action. Mastercard and Visa will be accepted. (See ticketing page for more purchasing info.)

General Parking

If you just want to come and check out the scene and tailgate hop, general parking tickets are $25 and are available on the day of the meet (cash only at the gate).

See the tickets page for all purchasing options.

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