MRC chair Michael Algeo to receive special merit award
Michael Algeo, Chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, will be recognized with the Special Award of Merit May 18 during the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
The Special Award of Merit is given to those who have made a positive impact on the racing industry. Past winners have included Jim McKay, D. Wayne Lukas, Chick Lang, King Leatherbury, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
“When I received the call from (Maryland Jockey Club Acting President) Mike Rogers, I was both humbled and grateful,” Algeo said. “When one looks at the list of giants in the industry who have previously received this award, I was and am in awe. Thank you for this amazing and incredible honor. I accept it on behalf of all who work with me on the Maryland Racing Commission.”
The legendary Alibi Breakfast began in the 1930s on the porch of the old Pimlico Clubhouse and features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness while gaining interesting and humorous race predictions.
Algeo, a former associate judge for Montgomery County Circuit Court, is Special Counsel to the State’s Attorney, Felony Division Chief, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law.
Algeo was appointed to the Maryland Racing Commission in December of 2016 by then Gov. Larry Hogan. He has worked diligently with the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland horsemen and breeders while emphasizing cooperation, communication, and safety.
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