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Sleeping Season. It's finally spring! From the archives, a timeless foal snoozes in the comfort of some spring clover. A classic Neena Ewing photo.

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Life on the Farm

Country Life, April 2014

Everyone loves a parade.

I regret that two of my first blogs were about waiting for things to happen, as now there is more than enough going on at the farm. (Which is my excuse for the long time between blogs – sorry!)

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Sagamore, March 2014

Calm before the Storm

Snow removal, branch cleanup, new puppy, dorm construction; these are the not-so-hot topics around the farm right now. A couple of wins, a couple of good works, just a couple of noteworthy happenings. It's calm here. It's quiet and still, yet beneath the surface, a storm is stirring.

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Country Life Farm, February 2014

Finally!

After we were forced to wait what seemed like forever, the foal "faucet" is now on full-blast – and there's nothing quite like arriving at work each morning to find a new face to greet you. The count is now 7 foals in the last 6 days.

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Maggie Kimmitt's Pensioners on Parade

April 2014: Celtic Choice

Celtic Choice is a horse with a great deal of family behind him. Not only is he half-brother to a Canadian Horse of the Year, but the 28-year-old Dumbarton Farm homebred has remained with the same connections throughout his long life.

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March 2014: Skullbuster

His name makes him sound as though he should be exploding out of a chute with a cowboy strapped aboard for an eight-second ride. It conjures images of rawhide, spurs and Skoal rings–not Palm Beach, Saratoga and the Jersey Shore. But that’s exactly where Skullbuster’s story went.

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February 2014: Too Fast to Catch

JoAnn Hayden calls the mare the most amazing mother “ever.” Anita Motion uses the phrase, “the gift that keeps on giving.” By any description, one thing is certain: Too Fast to Catch is a gold mine of a broodmare.

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Editorials

April 2014: Hall call should come to Leatherbury

Sometimes the numbers really are overwhelming. Maryland trainer King T. Leatherbury (I pretty much can’t type his name without including the T) has won more than 6,400 races. He’s trained the winners of more than $61 million. 

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March 2014: New path to second career possible

Dear industry: Want a model to ensure Thoroughbred horses find suitable second careers? Quickly, efficiently, intelligently, realistically? Sure you do.

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Feb 2014: A salute to mares

When she called with an update on two mares at Taylor Mountain Farm in West Virginia, Holly Beck was too late to make the lengthy feature inside this magazine where we checked in on a sampling of Mid-Atlantic broodmares.

But she wasn’t too late to make an impact.

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Looking Back

February 1939

Editor Humphrey S. Finney, whose duties included being Field Secretary of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, kept a busy schedule while circulating among members and visiting farms in the area and beyond. A few days of his travels in January included:

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February 1964

“A Racetrack Dies As Bel Air Is Dismantled,” was the headline of the demise of the half-miler in Maryland.

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February 1989

Notches Trace was one of the eight Maryland-bred champions of 1988–all conceived in Maryland. The daughter of Lord Gaylord was owned by Warren Rosenthal from Kentucky, trained in New York by Bruce Levine, and bred by King T. Leatherbury.

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February 2004

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale posted robust increases over the year before, and a weanling full-sister to graded stakes winner Perfect Moon brought the third highest-price in the sale’s 20-year history when selling for $150,000.

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January 1939

Headed by Maryland-bred Challedon, 114 horses were made eligible to the 1939 Preakness Stakes. Challedon, winner of three Futurities that fall–the Maryland, New England and Pimlico–was considered a strong contender.

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Cindy's Footnotes

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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West Virginia goes to the Breeders' Cup

Associate Editor Cindy Deubler often drops fascinating tidbits in passing conversation as she works on the latest issue of the magazine, and we'd like to share these fun footnotes with our readers.

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Time Machine

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.

RACING’S GREAT MYSTERY MAN

He is recognized as one of the most successful trainers in the history of Thoroughbred racing—both steeplechase and flat. But who, exactly, is Tom Voss?

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March/April 1996: Steeplechasing gears up for season of change

In honor of Joe Clancy's birthday, here is his first story published in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, March/April, 1996

American steeplechasing is about to jump --- headlong --- into its second century. The 1996 season starts March 23 at Aiken, and there promises to be much worth watching.

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