“An Evening With Joe Palmer” at Country Life Farm Oct. 13


“By Any Other Name” is the name of a New York Herald Tribune column in the 1940’s by legendary Turf Writer Joe Palmer, whose soul is being reincarnated on Friday night, October 13, 6-8 pm, on the front porch at Country Life Farm by one-man-show performer Walter May.

In the kickoff for Maryland Mlllion Week, Mr. May will entertain a cocktail crowd at The Big House, with proceeds from the $30 tickets to benefit the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation and the Harford Historical Society. Joe Palmer often wrote about Maryland farms, about Pimlico and Laurel and Bowie, with irreverent insight. Marylander Alfred Vanderbilt was a frequent subject.

In “By Any Othe Name,” Mr. Palmer wrote:

“On the score of good taste, by which The Jockey Club means any (horse name) that would have been acceptable to Queen Victoria in her declining years, the Registrar tries to hit all curve balls thrown at him, but he misses some. One of the best curve-ball pitchers he has to contend with is a Jockey Club member himself, Alfred Vanderbilt. I can remember when a New York delegation to Pimlico made a moderate killing on one of the Mr. Vanderbilt’s horses, False Front. The plunge was taken partly because we admired the subtlety of the name. The dam’s name was Superficial.”

Mr. May’s performance of Mr. Palmer’s words played to standing-room-only crowds at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga and at Keeneland Race Course.

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