Awad was wiry, tough and durable. Bred and campaigned by Jim Ryan’s Ryehill Farm and named for Palestinian peace activist Mubarrak Awad, Awad raced from his juvenile season in 1992 through 1998, made 70 starts, won 14 - 11 stakes, four Grade 1 - was second or third another 21 times, and earned $3,270,131. He retired as the second-richest Maryland-bred in history.

The “blue collar millionaire,” Little Bold John is the second-leading Maryland-bred by number of stakes wins on the flat with 25. The most dominant Maryland-bred handicap horse of the latter half of the 1980s, he earned divisional titles in 1988 and 1989, and when retired in 1992 at age 10, he was the third-richest Maryland-bred in history with earnings of $1,956,405.


In January 2013 the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and the Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA) began collaborating on plans for a hall of fame to illuminate the accomplishments of Maryland-bred Thoroughbreds.