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  • SANDCASTLE VIRTUES

    SANDCASTLE VIRTUES

    The elaborate sand sculpture that annually greets Monmouth Park visitors stands as both marvel and metaphor: Like the horses that race there, it requires thought, engineering and conformation.
  • Babysitters

    Babysitters

    Young riders from the Green Spring Valley pony camp greet a foal (or a foal greets them) at Sagamore Farm in June.
  • Blast Off

    Blast Off

    With a push from Mike Smith, Justify (right) leaps from the starting gate – and into Triple Crown history – at the start of the Belmont Stakes. Tod Marks photo
  • Ass Kicker.

    Ass Kicker.

    Pennsylvania-bred and Maryland-sired Army Mule rolls away from the field (and past the parking garage) to win the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct April 7.
  • SPRING COLORS

    SPRING COLORS

    April means steeplechase season in the Carolinas (like Aiken here) and beyond.
  • Iron horses

    Iron horses

    Actually, they’re bronze. The first editions of Maryland’s Renaissance Awards await their patina at the foundry.
  • Dashing Through The Snow

    Dashing Through The Snow

    While not quite as fast as the 1970s Pennsylvania-bred legend, this red fox kept pace just fine during a December snowstorm at Parx Racing.
  • Hunting Party

    Hunting Party

    Maryland’s Green Spring Valley Hounds head out for their 125th Opening Day in November.
  • HORSES IN THE MIST

    HORSES IN THE MIST

    The equine life at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine, MD., took on an ethereal look on a September Morning. Photo by Christie Steele
  • See Horses

    See Horses

    A mare and foal find their reflections while getting a drink at Maryland’s Country Life Farm.
  • GHOSTS IN THE MIST

    GHOSTS IN THE MIST

    Announcer Dave Rodman must have had fun with this one. Thoroughbreds charge through the gloaming during a rainstorm at Laurel Park in July.
  • Galloping Ghost

    Galloping Ghost

    Retired MD-bred turf star Better Talk Now, who died of colic in June at age 18, puts in some work on a frosty turf course at Churchill Downs.
  • Taste Of Maryland

    Taste Of Maryland

    Lead pony rider Alena Marchant gets some refreshment on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico.
  • Joys Of Spring

    Joys Of Spring

    A Malibu Moon colt out of Safe Journey – a half-brother to stakes winners Joy and O Dionysus – got caught up in the moment at Maryland’s Dark Hollow Farm while Mom enjoyed some spring grass.
  • Open Door Policy

    Open Door Policy

    The Mares (and Foals) at Country Life Farm were in view on a nighttime visit.
  • PEEK-A-BOO

    PEEK-A-BOO

    A Bonita Farm foal peeks around its mother Bay of Bengal during a late-winter visit. Photo by Anne L. Frederick
  • Fog Warning

    Fog Warning

    South Carolina’s Aiken Training Center was shrouded in mist during a winter training session.
  • Protect this fence

    Protect this fence

    Newly turned yearlings at Sagamore Farm line up for the camera (well, one clearly is distracted) during a short-lived January snow. Jocelyn Brooks photo.
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  • 1 Royal Champagne
  • 2 Everybody wins with wagering push for jumpers
  • 3 Creature Comforts: At Maryland agriculture center, rescued and retired Thoroughbreds redefine aftercare by helping humans in need
  • 4 Big Job: Lillis steps in, stands up for backstretch community
  • 5 Hirapour
  • 6 Big scores boost region
  • 7 All About Bob-Justify sets stage for Triple Crown bid as Baffert ties record with seventh Preakness victory
  • 8 Azulyekit
  • 9 Save Pimlico, because we can
  • 10 Doubling Up-Senior Senator collects a second Maryland Hunt Cup
  • Royal Champagne

    The tale of Royal Champagne and Mary Dubbink begins on a very familiar note. Young, horse-crazy girl is taken to the track by her doting granddad, igniting a love of Thoroughbred racing that deepens and endures with each passing year.  “But I never rode,” Mary explained. “I remember thinking when
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  • Everybody wins with wagering push for jumpers

    Imagine for a moment racing without betting, where each racetrack attracted spectators with atmosphere, amenities and customer experience.  There’s no television pundit, no odds board, no post-time delay, no carryover. It’s just racing, a day out, entertainment with horses and jockeys. What would the purse structure look like? How different
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  • Creature Comforts: At Maryland agriculture center, rescued and retired Thoroughbreds redefine aftercare by helping humans in need

    After 30 years of military service that included two overseas deployments, Gail Watts returned to civilian life – an unfamiliar, less regimented life – and discovered she needed help getting back to who she was. Strong and willing in the military, Watts engaged civilian life with an array of new emotions that
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  • Big Job: Lillis steps in, stands up for backstretch community

    Bobby Lillis may be physically small, as he measures just 60 inches. But he stands tall and, like Secretariat, he has an outsized heart. Most days, he sits at his aging desk in a cramped office inside the building that houses the backstretch cafeteria at Laurel Park. He has two
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  • Hirapour

    Doug Fout was playing beat the clock. The Middleburg, Va.-based trainer was in England on a shopping trip for an owner – nothing unusual for Fout, who has ventured to Europe, South America and New Zealand to procure steeplechase horses. But in this case, the deadline allowed him just 24 hours
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  • Big scores boost region

    I guess it’s the improbability of it all. Or something like that anyway. People ask me, and I’m sure you too, all the time: “Why horse racing?” Sometimes I struggle for an answer. Other times, I come up with things like Belmont Stakes Weekend turned in by Mid-Atlantic-bred horses.
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  • All About Bob-Justify sets stage for Triple Crown bid as Baffert ties record with seventh Preakness victory

    Long after training hours the day before the 143rd Preakness Stakes-G1, Bob Baffert kicked around Pimlico Race Course. His horses ate hay or dozed in the stakes barn, his staffers attended to their duties, he’d done his interviews and was – for a Hall of Fame trainer who has made the
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  • Azulyekit

    The barter system. Most horsemen, at some point, have put it to use. And it came into play 15 years ago when transplanted Irishmen Robbie and Joe Walsh – no relation – shook hands over a foal who ran until age 11 and earned nearly a quarter-million dollars. Jump jockeys by profession,
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  • Save Pimlico, because we can

    This month’s column could pretty much be just two words – Save Pimlico – but I’ll finish the sentence because the old girl deserves a proper explanation. 
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  • Doubling Up-Senior Senator collects a second Maryland Hunt Cup

    Twenty-two times Senior Senator sized up a timber fence at the Maryland Hunt Cup. His eyes saw it first, then his ears – instantly flicked forward. The signals went to his feet, his knees, shoulders, those long muscles across his back, his stifles, gaskins, hocks and he was up and over
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2018 Top Midlantic-bred Poll with The Racing Biz

  • Still Having Fun (MD) Blamed (MD) Enchanted Ghost (MD) Limited View (MD) Global Citizen (MD)
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Say It Again

  • "Well, you took a sick day last year..."
    Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning to Paget Bennet who missed part of the 2017 sale to leave for heart surgery. (hardly an excused absence)
  • "I've wrecked about everything I can wreck."
    Auctioneer Danny Green who KO'd a microphone during a change over at Fasig-Tipton.
  • "I'm still here."
    Security Guard Damon Lann on the job since 2004, while leaving the barn as part of the Justify entourage on Preakness day.
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