• 1 2016 Midlantic-bred Thoroughbred Makeover Entries
  • 2 We're all ears: take our 2016 reader survey
  • 3 Charles Town hero Russell Road gets fitting sendoff
  • 4 To Russia with Love: Virginia-bred wins Russian Derby to head strong regional showing
  • 5 Shakin All Over
  • 6 Hopes, dreams at 30: Anniversary spurs thoughts of past, future in West Virginia
  • 7 Jumpers train at Pimlico to overcome dry summer
  • 8 One last trip to the Timonium sale
  • 9 Hey racing, what’s the big idea?
  • 10 La Ville Rouge
  • 2016 Midlantic-bred Thoroughbred Makeover Entries

    Midlantic-bred horses are showing up in a big way this weekend at the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover. Seventy six horses bred in the region were entered in disciplines ranging from competitive trail riding to show jumping, and everything in between. Let's break down the entries.
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  • We're all ears: take our 2016 reader survey

    Last year, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred was honored with the General Excellence Award  from American Horse Publications, but we’re always trying to make a good magazine better. Such improvement takes on multiple forms and impacts all areas of the publication – editorial content, advertising sales, feature topics, long-term planning and special content. As a reader, your feedback is important to us. Please take the time to complete our short survey, and thanks very much for your support and interest.
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  • Charles Town hero Russell Road gets fitting sendoff

      Owner Mark Russell said that in 1985, when he got started in the Thoroughbred business, he would have been happy to have a really nice allowance horse to race at Charles Town. He ended up with far more than he could have imagined.
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  • To Russia with Love: Virginia-bred wins Russian Derby to head strong regional showing

    Representatives from Barsuk T. L. Farm went to a familiar and proven source when shopping for racing prospects at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale and fortunately Virginia’s Audley Farm supplied consignor Brookdale Sales with just the type of colt the Russian agents were looking to buy.
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  • Shakin All Over

    In 1989, Tim Woolley headed to Delaware Park’s paddock sale with a modest bankroll and an eye toward launching his training career. Woolley had by then been freelancing as an exercise rider at Fair Hill Training Center and Delaware Park for two years, and one of his regular mounts was a 3-year-old filly named Shakin All Over in the barn of Patti Miller. When word came that the Florida-bred daughter of It’s Freezing and the Navajo mare Andthebeatgoeson had been consigned, Woolley thought the small but gritty filly would be a great first project.
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  • Hopes, dreams at 30: Anniversary spurs thoughts of past, future in West Virginia

    “I didn’t believe it,” Buck Woodson said. “I couldn’t believe it.” Even then, nearly 30 years past, doubt had no residence in Woodson’s West Virginia stable, the space long occupied by back-at-the-knees sensation Onion Juice. Race after marvelous race, the conformational misfit had outrun better-made rivals, winning stakes, stoking hope, assuring Woodson that certain gallant homebreds surmount odds far beyond the tote board.
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  • Jumpers train at Pimlico to overcome dry summer

    They’ve been training horses forever – OK, it only feels like it – at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. Training hours involve horses of every age, size, shape and era. Even steeplechasers. Old Hilltop used to card jump races, back when photos were black and white and the jumps were natural brush. Jump racing returned for a bit in more recent times – the track hosted the Joe Aitcheson Stakes two days before the Preakness for several years – then went away again.
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  • One last trip to the Timonium sale

    Plunked down in the middle of the strip malls of suburban Baltimore is a place. This place is the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Home to conferences, cat shows, and yes, the state fair, I know it better as a racetrack and home of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Thoroughbred sales. 
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  • Hey racing, what’s the big idea?

    Carol Holden and Sam Huff dreamed up the West Virginia Breeders Classics and – although I wish they added an apostrophe – created something wild and wonderful. Now 30 years old, it’s a night to be proud of West Virginia’s Thoroughbred industry.
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  • La Ville Rouge

    It’s an oft-repeated scene. A caring, responsible breeder/owner walks into a field and points out a cherished, pensioned broodmare. She tells of how much the horse has meant to her family and her entire operation. These are the good stories; the happy endings.
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Thoroughbred Legacies


Past, present, and future pillars of our region.

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Pensioners on Parade

By Maggie Kimmitt

Regional thoroughbreds star in second careers.

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By Joe Clancy

There's always something on editor Joe Clancy's mind.

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  • The shadow

    The shadow

    Convey, a mare at the Safely Home division of Dark Hollow Farm in Upperco, Md., stops the camera of Lucas Richardson during a summer visit. Richardson, who turns 9 on Oct. 11, won a blue ribbon in the Maryland State Fair photo contest for the image – judged the best in the Animals (black and white) division for photographers under age 16.
  • Big Sky Country

    Big Sky Country

    Laurel Park does its best Montana impression as a runner heads back to the barn in August. Jim McCue photo.
  • Pony Ride

    Pony Ride

    The day after her 600th win, Maryland-based jockey Forest Boyce (right, aboard July 2015 Pensioner on Parade My Lord) leads out some Green Spring Valley Hounds pony camp riders June 20. Boyce was joined at the head of the group by Maryland Hunt Cup winner Liz McKnight. Carol Fenwick photo
  • 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


    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

    Stellar Wind blows to top of division
    Stellar Wind (VA)
    Page McKenney
    Finest City
  • Three-year-olds


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

    Tom's Ready
    Mor Spirit
    Sunny Ridge
    Dark Nile
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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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