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  • 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.
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  • 1 One of a kind, Timonium ready for another sale
  • 2 Art Student
  • 3 Why Timonium?: Mix of factors push May sale to new heights
  • 4 Slow Down?: Fast times matter at breeze show, but there’s always plenty more to it
  • 5 Catalog Surfing: Two-year-olds boast plenty of promise in advance of sale
  • 6 Rick Buckley wins Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award
  • 7 Tom Law wins David F. Woods Award for best Preakness coverage
  • 8 Under Cover
  • 9 Remembering Ronnie Franklin
  • 10 Afternoon Deelites
  • One of a kind, Timonium ready for another sale

    The snack-bar at the Timonium sales pavilion would make good material for a comedian, or some sort of social experiment. Where else would a guy buy a $10 lunch on a plastic plate minutes after spending $1.5 million on a horse? 
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  • Art Student

    Smitten. In simplest terms, the word means to impress favorably; to emotionally affect with a strong or sudden feeling. And in classic stream-of-consciousness rhetoric, it’s a word forever linked to 24-year-old retired broodmare Art Student.
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  • Why Timonium?: Mix of factors push May sale to new heights

    Why Timonium? Hey, it’s a question. Especially when you start to think about most of the other venues for North America’s public Thoroughbred auctions – Lexington, Saratoga, Ocala, Gulfstream Park, Del Mar and so on.  Good old Timonium would not win anyone’s glitz and glamour contest, nor would the sales pavilion
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  • Slow Down?: Fast times matter at breeze show, but there’s always plenty more to it

    Big stride, nice eye, great walk, enough pedigree to make people notice . . . so where are all the potential buyers? If history is any indicator, they’re a few stalls down the shedrow or in the next barn looking at a horse who worked a fraction of a second faster at the
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  • Catalog Surfing: Two-year-olds boast plenty of promise in advance of sale

    Some 600 horses will fill the stable area at Timonium, Md., for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s annual sale of 2-year-olds this month. Though some people do manage – somehow – seeing them all is a challenge.   Simply, it’s a big group of horses. They were bred in 15 states (one each from Arkansas
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  • Rick Buckley wins Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award

    Rick Buckley will be awarded the Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award for best Preakness picture of 2017. The photo appeared on our July 2017 cover!
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  • Tom Law wins David F. Woods Award for best Preakness coverage

    Tom Law, senior writer for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and managing editor for ST Publishing Inc., will be awarded the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism Thursday, May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. Law will be recognized by the Maryland Jockey Club for his story “Under
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  • Under Cover

    The days ticked away last summer at Saratoga Race Course as the meeting loomed and Chad Brown prepared to launch the careers of two colts bought for one of his main clients at the same yearling sale almost a year before.Both were by promising young stallions and Brown ranked them
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  • Remembering Ronnie Franklin

    Ronnie Franklin died in March. At 58. Obituaries listed the cause of death as lung cancer, but substance abuse played a role. Franklin lived hard, and fast. At Delaware Park in 1978, he was just getting started, as part of a colony that included other young hot shots Tommy Kupfer
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  • Afternoon Deelites

    Burt Bacharach. Universally recognizable, it’s a name that brings to mind timeless titles and lyrics penned by one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of the 20th century. Millions can readily answer that Bacharach wrote “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “I’ll
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2018 Top Midlantic-bred Poll with The Racing Biz

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Pennsylvania's Walnut Green Thoroughbred operation needed a little help, so office manager Grace Meagher launched the Foal Futzers program. Photos by Anne Litz.

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While light-hearted in name and nature, the idea is to make sure foals born on the farm are handled, checked on and otherwise associating with humans. With the farm staff tackling sales prep and other yearling work, a squad of volunteers took up the job. The team includes Jen Eccleston, a pre-vet student at the University of Delaware; Corinne Militana, an animal science major at Delaware Valley College; and high school students Melanie Anderson and Haley Sweet. Each became a devoted caretaker with a new connection to the Thoroughbred industry.

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Grace Meagher is the ringleader. She grew up eventing in Massachusetts before graduating from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a degree in Animal Science. While at UD, she interned with Dr. Thomas Bowman, who introduced her to the Reids. Since being hired in October 2008, Grace has been involved in all facets of the farm from foaling and attending sales, to scheduling veterinary appointments and record keeping. Now, she has moved into the office full time and has taken over all office operations.

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Mark Reid, owner of Walnut Green, lends his expertise and skills to the students as well, teaching them how to take a temperature, how to handle a foal on the ground, how to respect the atheletes they will become. Working with the foals throughout the summer taught these students more than anyone ever could in a classroom. Experience is everything, and to Jen Eccleston, who had no interest in the Thoroughbred industry previously, it changed her entire perspective. According to Jen, she "Just fell in love with it (Thoroughbred world)" this summer.

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Jen, who is alread having separation anxiety as foal futzing season comes to an end, says she learned patience while working with the foals. "You cannot just go up to every foal and touch and handle them as you would like. You have to be patient. Sometimes I would have to sit in the field for 20 minutes and wait for that stubborn foal to come up to me. But when they did, it was very rewarding." Jen will graduate with a pre-vet degree from the University of Delaware this spring.

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Melanie Anderson is a student at Technical College High School, Brandywine Campus, aiming for a Veterinary Science degree. This is her first experience with both Thoroughbreds and foals, but she's caught the bug.

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A field trip with Future Farmers of America brought Corinne Militana to Walnut Green initially, and from there she made the connection to Grace. While she's ridden horses throughout her life, this was her first exposure to Thoroughbreds. On her experience, Corinne said, "Babies have good and bad days and none are the same, each has its own thing going on." She learned  to pay attention to cues from the foals on what kind of day they were having. 

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Haley Sweet, 17, is a senior at Avon Grove High School who rides dressage and owns her own off-the-track Thoroughbred. Her focus in the future will be a degree in Animal Science, maybe with a minor in foal whispering.

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It just takes a few minutes with a foal, or a racehorse, or a track pony, or a broodmare, or an off-the-track Thoroughbred, to feel like you're part of this industry. These students had an entire summer, and all plan to keep tabs on their foals throughout their careers. What if there were more programs like this, exposing young students with the interest and the intelligence to provide some basic care and in return, we gain a lifetime Thoroughbred fan? We know, it's scary to let new people onto your farm, your pride and joy, your livelihood. Just maybe though, it's worth it.

Say It Again

  • "I'm trying to think like I'm not cold."
    Mike Trombetta In the paddock at Laurel Feb. 17th
  • "Oh, that's because Nick Zito and I like to talk like we're from the Godfather when we talk horses, you know, 'Barzini...Tattaglia...it's just business."
    De Julio on why Locust Point was purchased under the name Barzini Syndicate.
  • "I could go back and watch it three times and still not know what happened."
    Trainer John Servis On trying to watch Ms Locust Point's Barbara Fritchie win through the snow. (live and/or on television)
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