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Hollywood. California Chrome leads a small parade on a Belmont Park horsepath a few days before placing fourth in the Belmont Stakes while bidding for the Triple Crown. The chestnut helped bring out more than 102,000 people to the track, three weeks after winning the Preakness in front of a record 123,469 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.  Lydia A. Williams photo

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Life on the Farm

Sagamore, June 2014

Warm Breeze, Shady Trees & Weanlings

Though the weather is heating up, the racing action is cooling down.

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Sagamore, May 2014

HOPE

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about horse racing, it’s that a race is never just a race.

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Country Life Farm: May 2014

Horses of Different Colors

The most exciting part of foaling season is wondering which of these baby racehorses, with their too-long legs and lack of coordination, is going to go on to become a star on the track. But well before that, we get to experience the thrill of finding out what each mare's baby looks like when it emerges.

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Maggie Kimmitt's Pensioners on Parade

Jade’s Revenge and Monarch Lane

JULY 2014: In reality, they are a study in contrasts. Jade’s Revenge is a tall, patrician bay, expressive, approachable. He’s the stuff of horse-crazy young girls’ dreams. Monarch Lane, a welterweight chestnut, doesn’t care why you’ve come and has no interest in exchanging pleasantries. No warm fuzziness there; he’s all business. Extend your hand at your own peril.

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June 2014: Unexplainable

Between 1999 and 2001, Unexplainable was practically a household name at Parx Racing. Not only was the Adena Springs-bred son of El Prado (Ire)—Brilliant Prospect, by Marine Brass, popular with the betting public, he was a hot commodity in the claim box as well. Every one of his 10 lifetime wins came at the Bensalem, Pa., oval, then still called Philadelphia Park.

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May 2014: Dancininthestreet

Wells Hanna rides Dirty. He’s well known for it, in fact; has been doing it for years. And normally when you see the pair, Hanna is clad in green velvet Colonial garb, perfectly balancing a 5-foot wooden spear as his horse Dirty Bird speeds toward a 2-inch plastic ring suspended from an L-shaped pole.

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Editorials

July 2014: No roadmap to racing success

Tom Bowman stood in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle and smiled. Well, he laughed really. Because that’s all he could do.

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June 2014: Riding history at the Hunt Cup

“Is this what the founding fathers intended?”
Somebody asked me that question after the Maryland Hunt Cup went into the books for the 118th time in April. I have no idea what they intended, only that we weren’t talking about Washington, Jefferson and Adams.

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May 2014: Virginia must find unity, craft plan for progress

The racing issues in Virginia are surely far too complex to solve on a magazine page, but what is going on? Horsemen and ownership can’t agree on a racing schedule and therefore a 2014 without any Thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs is a very real possibility.

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Looking Back

Looking Back: July 2004

Cindy's Footnotes

Classic Midlantic-breds: Preakness Stakes

Which Mid-Atlantic-bred horses have won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown? Cindy Deubler has the list:

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Classic Midlantic-breds: Kentucky Derby

We know you were wondering which Midlantic-bred horses have won the Kentucky Derby. Here's the list:

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Fasig-Tipton December Mixed Sale 2013

Associate Editor Cindy Deubler has hand picked a few interesting Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December sales offerings. Check out her footnotes on these hips:

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Time Machine

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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Life lived large: the tale of Dickie Small

The Thoroughbred world suffered a great loss with the death of Richard Small this past weekend. Read Vinnie Perrone's award-winning story from the February 2009 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred of this Maryland icon. He captured the man like no one else ever could:

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Racing's Great Mystery Man

This weekend the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point runs at the Voss family's Atlanta Hall in Monkton, Maryland. The locals call them The Voss Races. Mostly due to one man's overwhelming influence on the event, Tom Voss. This past January, the industry lost this great horseman and friend. He will be notably missed by many who attend tomorrow's event. We dug into our archives for Joe Clancy's August 2002 story.

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