• 1 How well do you know your Haskell?
  • 2 Irish Majesty
  • 3 Murphy's Masterpieces
  • 4 On Track Education
  • 5 Preakness path goes through Maryland racing for Desormeauxs
  • 6 Squeeze Play: ‘Dummy’ foals respond to new treatment from California veterinarian
  • 7 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred shines in AHP contest
  • 8 Here Comes Exterminator!
  • How well do you know your Haskell?

    This weekend, the top three Kentucky Derby runners, and the top two Preakness finishers will go head to head in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. But how well do you know the race's previous winners?

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  • Irish Majesty

    War horse. It’s a hot button term in the racing industry, meant to denote a Thoroughbred with a lengthy–and most often blue-collar?–history on the track. Statistics can frequently list starts in triple digits, and bankrolls of a few hundred thousand dollars are not uncommon.

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  • Murphy's Masterpieces

    Nobody had a spring season like Cyril Murphy. The Irish-born, Maryland-based trainer won 12 races from just 24 starts, including the Iroquois Steeplechase and Temple Gwathmey with Rawnaq (Ire), the My Lady’s Manor and Virginia Gold Cup with Ebanour (Ire), the David Semmes Hurdle Stakes with Charminster (Ire) and the

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  • On Track Education

    During Preakness Stakes week this year, 2,500 people took a backstretch tour at Old Hilltop. More than a hundred of those were from Arlington Middle Elementary School, a Baltimore City public school located within walking distance of Pimlico Race Course.

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  • Preakness path goes through Maryland racing for Desormeauxs

    Charlie Hadry, who would have a major role in any production calling for a Maryland Thoroughbred trainer, was dying. He’d gone to the barn one last time, checked his last leg, talked to his last jockey, made his last set list, hired his last hotwalker. Hopefully, he thought about Private

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  • Squeeze Play: ‘Dummy’ foals respond to new treatment from California veterinarian

    Twenty-eight days. That’s how early Willi’s Sweet Girl went into labor. The delivery was quick but complicated, and into the world came a filly by Showing Up. She was tiny, nearly bald, weak, cold and at risk.

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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred shines in AHP contest

    Called “professional and elegant,” by the judges, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine won a General Excellence Award in the 2015 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards presented in Orlando, Fla. June 18.

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  • Here Comes Exterminator!

    New book revives the magic of a racing hero from the 1920s - here's an exclusive excerpt!

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Thoroughbred Legacies

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Past, present, and future pillars of our region.

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pensioners

Pensioners on Parade

By Maggie Kimmitt

Regional thoroughbreds star in second careers.

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  • Family Portrait

    Family Portrait

    Ben’s Cat heads to the Pimlico paddock accompanied by his half-brothers Pair (left, Doug Leatherman aboard) and Hound (Kerry Hohlbein).Lydia A. Williams photo.
  • Hey, It's a Maryland-bred

    Hey, It's a Maryland-bred

    Sister Keys showed off her day-old baby Purple Rain (in honor of Prince, of course) at Seven Dots Farm in Butler, Maryland. Anne Litz photo.
  • Senior Moment

    Senior Moment

    Hansel, who won the Preakness Stakes 25 years ago, enjoys a regal retirement at Lazy Lane Farms in Virginia. At 28, the Virginia-bred is the oldest North American classic winner. Champion 3-year-old of 1991, he won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and earned more than $2.9 million for Lazy Lane and trainer Frankie Brothers. Douglas Lees photos
  • Final Salute

    Final Salute

    The New Castle County (Del.) Police Department's mounted patrol unit stands at attention at the funeral of Harford County Sheriff's Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey in February in Maryland.
  • Snow Angel

    Snow Angel

    Retired champion Declan's Moon enjoys a roll in the snow from the blizzard of 2016 at Maryland's Country Life Farm. Ellen B. Pons photo.
  • Dawn Patrol

    Dawn Patrol

    Training starts with the sun at Fair Hill Training Center, and all around the region. Kathee Rengert photo
  • The Last Gallop

    The Last Gallop

    The Last Gallop. Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah enjoys his morning work at Keeneland before the Breeders’ Cup. Lydia A. Williams photo
  • Where's Waldo

    Where's Waldo

    Trainer Shug McGaughey’s exercise riders at Fair Hill Training Center are dressed for Halloween, but could pass for Santa’s elves too. The horses don’t seem to care. Kathee Rengert photo
  • Sky Riders

    Sky Riders

    Paris Vegas (right) and Gnostic head back to be unsaddled after a flat race at the Shawan Downs steeplechase meet Sept. 26. Trained by Elizabeth Voss, the Maryland-based stablemates finished first and third, respectively, for jockeys Jack Doyle and Gus Dahl. Lydia A. Williams photo.
  • Flying solo.

    Flying solo.

    Millionaire Eighttofasttocatch, a 12-time stakes winner who retired from the track in December 2014 at age 8, shows off his new skill as an event horse, with a hot-air balloon as a backdrop, at the Maryland State Fair for rider Rumsey Keefe. ©Anne Litz Photo.
  • Fit for a King

    Fit for a King

    Monmouth Park went all out – including a custom-wrapped van – to welcome American Pharoah to the Haskell.
  • Smooth Sailing

    Smooth Sailing

    Madeline Murphy and Bonnie take a dip during the Green Spring Valley Hounds summer pony camp. Carol Fenwick photo.
  • Triple Vision

    Triple Vision

    American Pharoah sees all while getting a bath at Churchill Downs. Six days later, he became racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978. Mary M. Meek/Eclipse Sportswire.
  • Sidesaddle

    Sidesaddle

    Sean McDermott hangs on to Choral Society at the Queens Cup in North Carolina. Tod Marks.
  • The Feet

    The Feet

    Hooves flash and fly on the turn at Laurel Park. Lydia A. Williams
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Top Midlantic-bred Poll with The Racing Biz

  • Older Horses

    Older Horses

    Page McKenney continues to dominate the older horse division.
    Page McKenney (PA)

    (43)
    Illuminant
    PA
    (39)
    Valid
    VA
    (30)
    Spelling Again
    PA
    (16)
    Finest City
    PA
    (10)
  • Three-year-olds

    Three-year-olds

    Cathryn Sophia, pictured as a yearling in 2014, tops the three-year-old division for Midlantic-breds.
    Cathryn Sophia (MD)

    (55)
    Tom's Ready
    PA
    (38)
    Mor Spirit
    PA
    (26)
    Giant Run
    MD
    (26)
    Sweet Victory
    VA
    (13)
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Say It Again

  • “It would probably cost you more to repair it than it’s worth.”

    Jockey Mark Beecher, who didn’t worry about anyone stealing his tack while getting his picture taken at the Grand National
  • “Don’t worry, I do nice things for him all the time and he tries to bite me.”

    Win Lewis, as Raven’s Choice tried to snap the pen 
out of Joe Clancy’s hand after the Grand National
  • “Who do you boss around when I’m not here?”

    PennVet surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson, to staff communications specialist 
Louisa Shepard (who reminded him about an appointment with a reporter)
  • “I’ve never met you, but I hear you’re OK.”

    Maryland Horse Industry Board chairman Jay Griswold, about to make a point to National Steeplechase Association president Guy Torsilieri
  • “If you need a jockey, you can always marry one.”

    Steeplechase trainer Kate Dalton, who gets first call from her husband Bernie, while answering a question at an owners’ seminar
  • “Obviously quite poorly.”

    Breeder Stuart Grant, who sold potential Kentucky Derby starter Mor Spirit 
for $85,000 as a yearling, on how he decides which young horses to keep and which to sell
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