• 1 Horses, and history, at The Meadow
  • 2 Evil Storm
  • 3 An uneasy balancing act
  • 4 Petrify: Sagamore's first homebred champion
  • 5 September 2015: All aboard a good horse for racing
  • 6 September 2015: Alexis's David
  • 7 Top Midlantic-bred Poll: August 21, 2015
  • 8 Mid-Atlantic bred horses make splash at Saratoga sale
  • 9 August 2015 Pensioner: Prospect Bay
  • 10 Mid-Atlantic gets its day in the Hall
  • Horses, and history, at The Meadow

    What became of Meadow Stud after the heady days of the 1970s? Until a few years ago, that remained the question, as the Doswell, Va., property underwent ownership changes, failed grand plans, decay and disrepair.
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  • Evil Storm

    As their kids are growing up, it’s not unusual for most parents to face the dilemma of unexpected pets. Puppies, kittens, hamsters, reptiles, etc. often become unplanned members of the family once Mom and Dad have been worn down by one too many choruses of “Can we keep him. . . pleeeeeeeze?”
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  • An uneasy balancing act

    Balance. It’s about balance. I get asked all the time how people in jump racing justify the danger, the potential for equine injury. First I say it’s not as dangerous as it looks. Then I talk about balance.
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  • Petrify: Sagamore's first homebred champion

    In the 20th century, 63 runners bred in the Mid-Atlantic region were named national champions. Mid-Atlantic Thor­oughbred takes a look each month at one of those luminaries.
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  • September 2015: All aboard a good horse for racing

    At some point, a good horse crosses over. You know the drill. He or she starts out belonging to the owner, the trainer, the jockey, the people in the barn. Then everybody gets on board. And everybody’s all in with American Pharoah.
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  • September 2015: Alexis's David

    By Maggie Kimmitt Alexis’s David never won a stakes race. He never set a track record, never made headlines, wasn’t sold for a hefty sum at auction. After his seven seasons on the track, he didn’t segue into a flashy second career in the show ring or hunt field.
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: August 21, 2015

    Once again the voters in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll were in strong accord: Dame Dorothy is the top older Midlantic-bred, and Stellar Wind is tops among three-year-olds.
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  • Mid-Atlantic bred horses make splash at Saratoga sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale saw several pricey Mid-Atlantic bred horses go through the ring. Here are the sellers.
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  • August 2015 Pensioner: Prospect Bay

    Prospect Bay walks out of the barn at Larry Johnson’s farm in Bluemont, Va., and puts on a standard issue stallion show.
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  • Mid-Atlantic gets its day in the Hall

    Take a bow, South Carolina. Be joyous, Delaware. Stand up tall, Maryland. The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony belongs to you, Mid-Atlantic Region.
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  • 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

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

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

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

    Hooves flash and fly on the turn at Laurel Park. Lydia A. Williams
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Le Glorieux (GB) graced the cover of the December 1987 issue with owners Mr. and Mrs. Werner Wolf and jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.Le Glorieux (GB), winner of the Grade 1 Washington, D.C., International at Laurel Park, was the perfect representative for the famed turf test - the English-bred colt was owned by a West German (Werner Wolf), trained by a Frenchman (Robert Collet) and ridden by the all-time leading jockey in the U.S. (Laffit Pincay Jr.), a native of Panama.
Gjatsk (Rus), the first runner from the U.S.S.R. to compete in the U.S. in 21 years, finished 13th. But diplomatic relations couldn’t have been better. “I am glad to be back,” said trainer Nikolai Nasibov, who decades earlier had been his country’s leading rider and rode in the International eight times. “I hope this opens the door for more competition between our countries. . .
Isn’t it better for our countries to compete with our Thoroughbreds instead of by building up the military?”
On the eve of the race, U.S. and Soviet officials announced that long-awaited summit meetings to work toward a nuclear arms treaty would begin in Washington.

• Laurel’s two Grade 1 races for juveniles, the Laurel Futurity and Selima, were run on the grass for the first time as part of the first International Turf Festival.
Nelson Bunker Hunt’s Antiqua won the Futurity; Allen Paulson’s Minstrel’s Lassie captured the Selima.
Minstrel’s Lassie, a Maryland-bred daughter of Windfields Farm sire The Minstrel, was the second graded stakes-winning juvenile filly on the day for her breeder, Allaire du Pont. She sold Minstrel’s Lassie at the Keeneland July yearling sale for $85,000, but still owned Betty Lobelia, winner of the Miss Grillo Stakes-G3 at Aqueduct. Betty Lobelia was a daughter of another Windfields sire, Assert (Ire).
• “Michael Dickinson’s name is not a household word in America?–?yet. But look out for it to happen soon,” wrote Lucy Acton about the arrival of one of Britain’s top steeplechase trainers.
Dickinson, who moved to Fair Hill Training Center earlier in the year to establish a flat racing stable, had assembled an impressive list of horses in short order. His stable of 34 included 29 2-year-olds.
Dickinson sent out his first American stakes winner in September–Lois Salmon Duffey’s Secret Amie in Phila­delphia Park’s Mt. Ash Stakes.
• Broad Brush, the leading Maryland-bred money earner of all time, was retired in early October after exiting Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney Handicap (in which he finished third) with strained sesamoidian ligaments. The setback kept the 4-year-old son of Ack Ack out of the fall’s key races. Owner/breeder Robert Meyerhoff noted his iron horse was sound, but decided not to bring him back the next year.
The multiple Grade 1 winner of $2,656,793 was being syndicated to stand at Gainesway in Kentucky.

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