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Cool Runnings. Five Thoroughbreds plow through the snow for Maryland trainer Jack Fisher last winter. Here’s to a balmier version in 2015. 	Anne Litz photo

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 44rd 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

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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December 2014: Here's the Plan

Serelee Hefler was excited to talk about Here’s the Plan. “This has been my Bucket List item for the past year,” she said, leading the strapping son of Smarten and the Horatius mare Video Sister out of his paddock at Worthmore Farm in Chestertown, Md.

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November 2014: Achieve

His name is Achieve. One definition of the word states that it means “to reach or attain (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage.” And Jodie Pointer thinks the handle fits her 22-year-old now white son of Waquoit. 

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Monthly Editorials

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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December 2014: Remembering Speedy, and all those like him

Speedy Kiniel died. And dozens of people connected to Maryland racing and steeplechasing and racehorses in general thought about the old days. Maybe they also remembered Lonnie, Shorty, Shaky, Spoon, Crazy Sam, Chubby, Bubba, Monroe, Hume, Jerome, Cornbread and all the other grooms of various eras and locations.

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November 2014: Don't let the sport become another lost art

"It’s a dying art and we need to recognize it and do something about it.”

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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

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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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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Time Machine

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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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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