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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

  • Still Having Fun (MD) Blamed (MD) Enchanted Ghost (MD) Limited View (MD) Global Citizen (MD)
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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.

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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