Getting to know your Queen’s Cup
In this week’s blog, we are going to try and uncover some of the unknown stuff and people that make the #greatestshowonturf happen.
This Week, it is the turn of the event founders, Bill and Carrington Price. The race was first run in 1995 and through the hard work and vision of the Price family, it has made it all the way to its 23rd anniversary. Here are somethings you may not know.
Where are you from?
Carrington – Baltimore, MD
Bill – Brooklandville, Maryland in Baltimore County
How long have you been at the Queen’s Cup?
Carrington – Since it was only a dream and not yet a reality
Bill – From the start and before
How did you end up working at the Queen’s Cup?
Carrington – I wanted to make our dream become a reality
Bill – I wanted to create something great for the community and the region. It was a dream of ours
Were you always interested in steeplechase racing?
Carrington – I have been going to steeplechase races for longer than I can remember, as my parents took me when I was an infant.
Bill – Since I was a teenager
What is your favorite part of your job?
Carrington – Explaining the event to those that call in and helping each patron choose the best spot for them and their group.
Bill – Meeting new clients and sharing the story, watching the courageous thoroughbreds jump and run with their equally courageous jockeys
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Carrington – The details! There are so many of them and they all need to come together on the one day.
Bill – The minute details of producing the event
Tell us one funny thing that has happened to you in the course of your work.
Carrington – Almost every year there is story from race day about something a patron did. The one that takes the cake is when a patron got a DWI for stealing one of our golf carts and driving it to the gas station for more beer.
Bill – Gosh, so many. I’ll get back to you on that one
Is there one Queen’s Cup that sticks out more than any other?
Carrington – Our first race was in the fall of 1995 so they all run together. There are so many that stick out for different reasons. My top 3:
- Fall of 1995- for the pride and success of our very first race, “The Taste or the Chase”
- 1998 when Her Royal Highness Princess Anne & author Dick Francis attended our races.
- 2000 when we held the 1st race at the current, permanent and beautiful racegrounds
Bill – The race meet back in 2009 when a horse, approaching the first fence near the lake, decided to take a hard left, blew through the wing, jumped the rail in a split second and ran through the infield into the heavily packed tailgate section in the infield. Frightening moment!
If you could tell people one thing about the Steeplechase that they don’t know, what would it be?
Carrington – Most steeplechase horses have raced at major tracks around the county and are given a 2nd career as jumpers when their options on the flat have run out. They are often turned out to pasture in the off-season and are loved and cared for like a family pet.
Bill – This is the hardest work and hardest sell to sponsors I have ever been involved in. Should be much easier to sell after 23 years but seems to get harder each year
Cats or dogs?
Carrington – DOGS
Bill – Dogs for sure!
Red or white?
Carrington – White
Bill – White is too…well vanilla
Dessert or Appetizer?
Carrington – Dessert
Bill – Dessert. Let’s start each meal with dessert for starters and ending
What is the most recent book you have read and did you enjoy it?
Carrington – The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard- A great and true story about the author efforts to help the homeless in Charlotte
Bill – Currently reading John Adams by David McCullough
What is your favorite movie?
Carrington – Funny Farm
Bill – Gosh, so many… so many… The Hunt for Red October, Star Wars, The Patriot
If you could go one place on vacation, where would it be?
Carrington – Any tropical beach
Bill – Tour all of Europe
If you were stuck on a desert island and you could bring 3 things with you, what would they be?
Carrington – A book, a blanket, and a photo album of the people, places and events that have given me strength and hope
Bill – Water, a satellite radio and lots of lotion