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  • 3 Give the Gift of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
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  • 5 Trueamericanspirit
  • 6 Plenty more in store for Murray
  • 7 October 1987: City Boy Larry Murray Supervises Glade Valley
  • 8 Golden Lad to Northview Maryland for 2016
  • 9 Bourbon Courage and Imagining to stand at Heritage Stallions in 2016
  • 10 Horses, and history, at The Meadow
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    Emily Daignault-Salvaggio, Coatesville, PA, and her horse Gin Joint clinched the Field Hunter division of the 2015 Thoroughbred Charities of America Thoroughbred Makeover. They weren't the only successful Mid-Atlantic duo in Kentucky.
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    Send a gift of the award-winning Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred to someone special this Holiday season - for 50% off the regular subscription price!
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  • Pin Oak Lane Farm to stand Lord Shanakill and Last Gunfighter

    Press Release - Lord Shanakill, one of the top first-crop sires in Europe in 2014, and multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Last Gunfighter will stand the 2016 season at Dr. Willam J. Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, Pa.
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    By Maggie Kimmitt “Smile pretty and walk nice!” Kathi Guenther led an animated Trueamericanspirit out of the barn at Tom Swales’ Tee-N-Jay Farm in Monroe Township, N.J., on a Sunday morning in September. The 15-year-old gray gelding has posed for a few photos in his day. Swales’ homebred son of Is It True and the Silver Ghost mare Ms. Misery is a multiple stakes winner of more than $500,000.
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  • Plenty more in store for Murray

    People keep asking Larry Murray what he’s going to do when he retires from training Thoroughbred racehorses. And Murray keeps telling people he’s going to do more. More what?
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  • October 1987: City Boy Larry Murray Supervises Glade Valley

    Story by Lucy Acton Photographs by Neena Ewing When Larry Murray moved into the farm manager's house at Glade Valley Farms back in January, 1979, he didn't feel much at home. "Here I was, a city boy from Brooklyn . . . I don't think I really expected it to work out," says Murray, who was only 26 years old when he stepped right into the job of farm manager at the huge, 560-acre commercial breeding establishment in Frederick (Md.).
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  • Golden Lad to Northview Maryland for 2016

    Golden Lad, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro from the female line of champion Eliza, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2016 season. The 5-year-old dark bay, currently being syndicated into 40 shares, will stand for $5,000 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses.
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  • Bourbon Courage and Imagining to stand at Heritage Stallions in 2016

    Press Release - October 28, 2015, Chesapeake City, MD. Heritage Stallions has announced that graded stakes-winning millionaires Bourbon Courage and Imagining will retire to the Chesapeake City, Md., farm for the 2016 season.
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  • 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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    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.
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    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.
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RRTP TBMakeoverNatSymp2013smThe Retired Racehorse Training Project has run successful challenge and makeover projects since 2009, pushing for more Thoroughbred competitions beyond racing and shining a light on the need for more efforts to help horses find careers beyond the racetrack.

It all moves another step forward next month with the first Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Race Course Oct. 5-6. The event will provide the public appearance of the latest crop of Thoroughbreds to dive into the RRTP, 26 horses chosen by 26 trainers to teach, convert and showcase in a variety of disciplines from polo to eventing to steer roping. We will be highlighting the Makeover's Mid-Atlantic connections (bothhuman and equine) in the weeks leading up to October 5 and 6.

07-ZF-6641-18288-1-001Makeover Trainer: Jessica Bortner-Harris of Thurmond, NC

Jessica Bortner-Harris, a native of York, PA, rescued her first event horse off the track in 199, a 7 year old named Mr. Lincoln. Her love of Thoroughbreds, though, began as a teen when she visited the great Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys Farm. "It was like meeting your favorite sports player.  I was in awe." From then on, Jessica knew Thoroughrbeds would play a central role in her life as a rider. In 2005, Jessica bought Win the War from Charles Town Racetrack. She has retrained him, and he is currently successfully competing at recognized events at the Advanced/CIC*** level with hopes of going CCI*** this fall.

"Almost all of my own horses have been OTTBs."  Jessica retrains and Events from her base at Rocky Start Stables in North Carolina, and is also a popular writer for the blog Eventing Nation, where she discusses the dominant role of Thoroughbreds in the eventing world. "I love how quickly most of them catch on to their new jobs and give it their all.  They have huge hearts and are such try-ers.  Because of this, they make excellent candidates for Eventing.  Speed, endurance, scope, and heart are some very important things needed in Eventing." 

ReadJessica Bortner-Harris' Thoroughbred Makeover Blog

Thoroughbred in Training: PrettyHippHopHotty ("Hotty")

2007, CH , M, Bowman's Band-She's Pretty Too, by Housebuster
Bred in Pennsylvania by Toni M. Kirwan & Edward Hipps

Racing Career: 
Starts: 17 
Wins: 2 
Place: 0 
Show: 3 
Earnings: $45,938
Last Raced: Penn National, 6/6/2012

Jessica began the Thoroughbred Makeover with a West-Virginia bred mare named Horizontal Love, but "Sexy's" hooves were not holding up to training right off the track. Despite doing everything she could for Sexy, Jessica finally realized that her new off-the-track Thoroughbred just needed a little extra time off her feet. "I just don't want to take shortcuts and push her if she isn't ready." Wtih 34 days until the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, Jessica chose PrettyHippHopHotty from her own stable with Steuart Pittman's blessing, a big chestnut mare that has only been in serious training for 10 months. "She has come a long way, and is currently eventing at the Novice level with the hopes of moving up to Training by the end of this season." With "Hotty", Jessica hopes to showcase what an ex-racehorse with a bit more training can do at Pimlico in October. 

Watch: Jessica and PrettyHippHopHotty school at home


More information on the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.

Buy tickets to the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium and receive free general admission to Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, October 19, 2013 at Laurel Park!

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