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Tracking Devices. A Green Spring Valley, Md., farm looks like modern art from the sky thanks to the meanderings of the horses.

The Filly, Part 3

New update on our chronicle of the life of Ghost Affair. Click the photo to read.

Down Town Allen

Voted the Top Mid-Atlantic moment of 2014, West Virginia's most accomplished race mare Down Town Allen goes from Stakes-winner to lead-liner in 8 days. Click the photo to read more.

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joeclancy webMid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s editor Joe Clancy has won the Eclipse Award for news writing for his story “Horse of a Lifetime,” covering this past year’s Preakness Stakes, which appeared in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

“Horse of a Lifetime” focused on the connections of California Chrome, in particular trainer Art Sherman, their march through the Triple Crown and victory in the Preakness. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is owned and published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Clancy, who had been a regular contributor to Maryland Horse and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred since the 1990s, became editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred in early 2012.

Read NTRA's announcement of the award here.

Clancy’s Eclipse Award is the fifth earned by a Maryland Horse Breeders Association publication, three for writing and two for photography. In 1996, Don Clippinger won for outstanding achievement in magazine writing for his story “Focusing on the Big Picture: How TV Relates to Racing,” and in 2008, Vinnie Perrone took the outstanding feature writing category for his story “Recalling Clem Florio’s Matchless Gift for Life.” Both articles appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Photography awards were won by Cindy Pierson Dulay for her photo of a leaping Stephan’s Angel taken at Pimlico in 2004, which appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, and by Skip Ball in 1979 for his photograph of Spectacular Bid winning the Kentucky Derby, published in Maryland Horse.

Read "Horse of a Lifetime"

The 44th Annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. 

Maggie Kimmitt's Pensioners on Parade

March 2015: Near the Limit

His pedigree page is heavy with names from another era. His sire, Garthorn, won five consecutive graded stakes in the mid-1980s–the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap among them–for trainer Bobby Frankel and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

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February 2015: Learning

Bonita Farm has always been a family affair. The sprawling Harford County training center is the homestead of the Boniface family, three generations of which are deeply rooted in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry.

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January 2015: Fast Talking

“You can’t do that with a Thoroughbred.”

Samantha Graham heard that a lot when she adopted Fast Talking in 2012.

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Monthly Editorials

March 2015: Jump Start proves them right in the end

Flip back to the cover for a second and get a good look. I’ll wait. Some head shot, isn’t it? Jump Start, the region’s leading sire for 2014, is a beast.
He always was.

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February 2015: A Rich Life

Northbound on I95 past the Chesapeake House on a cold January night, I listened as my 80-year-old father tried to put into words what a horse meant to him. Not a racehorse or a prized broodmare, a 20-year-old foxhunter who died the day before.

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January 2015: A to-do list for region’s racing industry.

January is for lists. So here’s mine. Fifteen things for racing to work on in 2015, not really in any particular order. 

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Life on the Farm

Sagamore, January 2015: Ringing in the New Year


2015 stepped into the room about as quietly as would a weanling on iceskates. Mother Nature took us from abundant sunshine to over-abundant snowfall in what seemed like less than a minute. I had just enough time to capture a few photos of the beautifully powdered landscape before the sleeting rain took over and covered my lens in icicles.

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Sagamore, December 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back on the many ups and downs we experienced throughout the past twelve months.

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Sagamore, October - November 2014

These are a few of my favorite things.

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Looking Back

Looking Back: November

A few photos from the past in our November magazine.

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Cindy's Footnotes

Ladies in Waiting 2.0: T Sizzle

Dr. Lenny Pineau and his wife Dr. Pat Bradley, small animal veterinarians with a practice in Baltimore City, keep about 10 broodmares at their Three Pines Farm near Glyndon, Md., including graded stakes producer Wood Not, one of the mares profiled in a story in the March issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale. . . Did you see these?

The final sale of 2014 in Maryland is Monday, Dec. 8 at Timonium with more than 200 catalogued - approximately 90 are mares, and another 90 are weanlings.

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Labor Day Connections

Mid-Atlantic connections are popping up everywhere, from Arlington to Saratoga. Here are a few that our own Mid-Atlantic encyclopedia and Associate Editor Cindy Deubler caught over Labor Day.

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Time Machine

Maryland's One and Only King

Maryland legend King T. Leatherbury is finally on the Hall of Fame ballot, so we're rereading Vinnie Perrone's masterpiece on the King from our May 2010 magazine.

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Tides have turned for Atlantic City race course

With the announcement this past Friday that the last open day of business for simulcasting at Atlantic City Race Course will be Friday, January 16, 2015, we revived this previous story by Bill Mooney from the September/October 1995 magazine.

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50 years ago Jay Trump captured timber racing's Triple Crown

Jay Trump’s sweep of Maryland’s three major timber races, the first time in 17 years, culminated with a second consecutive Maryland Hunt Cup victory.

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