• Push and Pull

    A small procession of cars filed up the manicured lane at Renee Townsley’s Greystone Farm in Monkton, Md. Jack and Sheila Fisher emerged from their car. Sheila’s parents, Rufus and Sheila Williams, parked theirs a few feet away. Loaded with carrots, the group walked into Townsley’s so-clean-you-could-eat-off-the-floors barn.
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  • Riding Great: Dominguez wrote Hall of Fame ticket with signature perfomances

    Two years ago, Ramon Dominguez stood on a red carpet between Hall of Famers Chris McCarron and Manny Ycaza as part of Saratoga Race Course’s first Jockey Legends Day. Later, the two-time Saratoga riding champion posed for a photo among the greats. Laffit Pincay Jr. sat to Dominguez’s left. Angel Cordero Jr. was there. So were Jorge Velasquez, Ron Turcotte and other greats.
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  • Maryland’s Thoroughbred Man: Belair Stud’s Woodward gets nod as Pillar of the Turf

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope to tell you, tonight, something of the story of the Thoroughbred horse in Maryland in a way that will appeal to you.
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  • At Long Last: Preakness winner Tom Ochiltree joins peers from Pimlico’s ‘Great Race’

    It took more than a year for the race to come together, but when it did, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in October 1877, the nation was riveted. Five-year-old superstars Ten Broeck, the sensation from the West, and Tom Ochiltree, representing the famed East Coast stable of George Lorillard, were finally to meet, and joining them was the equally talented Pennsylvania-bred 4-year-old Parole.
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  • A Legitimate Favorite

    Editor’s Note: The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame adds former editor of the Maryland Horse (precursor to Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred) Raleigh Burroughs to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor this year, along with writer Steve Haskin. Former Maryland Horse Breeders Association executive director Rich Wilcke remembers Burroughs and his tales.
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  • Racing must make progress on medication

    When it comes to medication reform in Thoroughbred racing, the goals are fairly simple and pretty much the same across all segments of the industry. A safe environment for horses. A level playing field for all participants, be they breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, bettors or fans. Uniformity in all racing jurisdictions. Testing procedures that can be trusted. Fair penalties that mean something.
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  • How well do you know your Haskell?

    This weekend, the top three Kentucky Derby runners, and the top two Preakness finishers will go head to head in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. But how well do you know the race's previous winners?
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  • Irish Majesty

    War horse. It’s a hot button term in the racing industry, meant to denote a Thoroughbred with a lengthy–and most often blue-collar?–history on the track. Statistics can frequently list starts in triple digits, and bankrolls of a few hundred thousand dollars are not uncommon.
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  • Murphy's Masterpieces

    Nobody had a spring season like Cyril Murphy. The Irish-born, Maryland-based trainer won 12 races from just 24 starts, including the Iroquois Steeplechase and Temple Gwathmey with Rawnaq (Ire), the My Lady’s Manor and Virginia Gold Cup with Ebanour (Ire), the David Semmes Hurdle Stakes with Charminster (Ire) and the Margaret Currey Henley Stakes with One Lucky Lady (GB).
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  • On Track Education

    During Preakness Stakes week this year, 2,500 people took a backstretch tour at Old Hilltop. More than a hundred of those were from Arlington Middle Elementary School, a Baltimore City public school located within walking distance of Pimlico Race Course.
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  • Preakness path goes through Maryland racing for Desormeauxs

    Charlie Hadry, who would have a major role in any production calling for a Maryland Thoroughbred trainer, was dying. He’d gone to the barn one last time, checked his last leg, talked to his last jockey, made his last set list, hired his last hotwalker. Hopefully, he thought about Private Terms, Finder’s Choice, Military Look, Light Spirits, maybe even good old St. Brendan and P Day.
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  • Squeeze Play: ‘Dummy’ foals respond to new treatment from California veterinarian

    Twenty-eight days. That’s how early Willi’s Sweet Girl went into labor. The delivery was quick but complicated, and into the world came a filly by Showing Up. She was tiny, nearly bald, weak, cold and at risk.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred shines in AHP contest

    Called “professional and elegant,” by the judges, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine won a General Excellence Award in the 2015 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards presented in Orlando, Fla. June 18.
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  • Here Comes Exterminator!

    New book revives the magic of a racing hero from the 1920s - here's an exclusive excerpt!
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  • Cathryn the Great

    The young fillies at Chanceland Farm ripped and raced and ran, bolting from one end of the field to the other in a never-ending game of Who’s the Fastest? They ducked and dodged and dived, stopping to nibble some grass, sip some water, grab a nap in the sun or a roll in the dirt. Then off they’d go again.
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  • Chilito

    “I could have a child give him a bath or groom him. He stands still, doesn’t move. This horse loves loves, loves the attention.” Mary McGlothlin is talking about Chilito–but no one who knew the horse during his racing career would have dreamed such a statement could or would ever apply to him. In fact, the word “savage” had been used to describe the horse when McGlothlin first encountered him in 2001. . . and it wasn’t an exaggeration.
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  • Watching and Waiting

    The mares aren’t the only ones on standby during foaling season. At the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., staffers are on call in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to assist sick foals and their mares.
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  • Built in region, Grade 1 win packs punch

    Get out the megaphones, head to the rooftops and start shouting. You can breed, raise, sell, buy, train and race a Grade 1 winner in the Mid-Atlantic. You probably knew that, but it sure helps when you’re trying to make the point with someone else. Thank you, Cathryn Sophia. The Maryland-bred filly captured the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs May 6 and became the next poster horse for investing in the Thoroughbred industry, sticking to the plan, supporting the regional market and making sure racing keeps a place in the region’s economic engine. Perhaps most importantly, the victory by the bay filly gives Thoroughbred owners and breeders a talking point with state politicians, economic policy makers and other leaders. You want to convince someone that higher purses, breeder incentives and so on are a good investment? Tell Cathryn Sophia’s story. Cathryn Sophia was born in Maryland, at Chanceland Farm in West Friendship. The farm sits right next to I-70 on the way to Frederick. The 195-acre place is not a housing development or an office park, though it does employ a dozen people or so. Chanceland buys hay and straw and feed, keeps a blacksmith busy, pays fees to veterinarians. A full-service, commercial operation owned by Bob Manfuso (officially the breeder of Cathryn Sophia) and Katy Voss, Chanceland foals about 20 mares a year with most of the babies selling as yearlings and a few kept to race. A healthy marketplace means good business for Chanceland–more mares, more foals, more employees, more feed, hay and straw purchased, more horses to sell. The future Oaks winner grew up in the fields at Chanceland, and went to the Maryland Horse Breeders Association yearling show in June. Manfuso and Voss love what horses learn there, and swear by it as good sales prep. Chanceland has retired the challenge cup several times. Cathryn Sophia finished second in her class. While it’s a small-time community event, the yearling show dates to 1932 and has been judged by the biggest names in racing history. Three months later, she was in the sales ring at Timonium. The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale is many things?–but it isn’t normally the high end of the market. It’s where people come to buy horses though, and Cathryn Sophia fit the bill as a prospect. Pennsylvanian Chuck Zacney spent $30,000 (well above the $21,000 average but nowhere near the $260,000 top price). Fasig-Tipton sold $6 million worth of horses at that sale, which drew buyers and sellers from the region, Kentucky, Florida and even had some international action. For the politicians, that means flights, hotel rooms, meals, rental cars, tolls, staff and all the other associated impact drivers. Zacney bought two others that day–a filly for $27,000 and a colt for $62,000. In a robust example of why this is such an inexact business, she’s lost her only two starts and he hadn’t run as of mid-May. Cathryn Sophia ultimately went to trainer John Servis (who grew up in Charles Town, W.Va.) at Parx Racing, where she won her first start. Then she won a stakes at Laurel Park. In both cases, that’s local impact via the trainer’s employees, feed, hay, straw and other supplies, van companies, jockeys, racetrack employees, the taxes generated from bettors and so on.Don’t laugh, it all adds up. Tell your congressman, and your neighbors. And don’t think other industries aren’t doing it. About the only non-regional parts to Cathryn Sophia’s story are her sire Street Boss, who stands in Kentucky, her 2-year-old preparations in Florida and her 2016 races in Florida and Kentucky. The region might be able to do something about the former–with an improved roster of stallions, which will get a chance to happen as the other boxes (mares, foals, sales, purses, incentives) get checked. There aren’t many ways to compete with Florida weather when it comes to prepping young horses in the winter, so leave that task on the to-do list, though South Carolina isn’t such a bad place. Now a Grade 1 winner, an earner of $949,720 on the racetrack and one of the most valuable Thoroughbreds on the continent, the regional girl will get a chance to make more impact as she moved into a stall at Monmouth Park after the Oaks. Welcome home. Read the June Digital Edition online.
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  • MedStar doctors bring top-notch care to Maryland jockeys, backstretch workers

    When 5-year-old Kelly Ryan used to come to the Maryland racetracks, she wasn’t looking for a job. She just liked petting the horses. Little did she know that several decades later she would be a MedStar doctor and one of the key elements in the new Horsemen’s Health System.
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  • Preakness Weekend 2016

    Follow along as we take in all the action at Preakness 2016!
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  • Blown Away

    What are the largest winning margins in Preakness history? Impress your friends this week with some Preakness trivia.
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  • Riddle

    It was definitely not a case of love at first sight. When Meredith Somerset met Riddle, she was much more taken with the other two horses who had arrived on the van with him. Standing less than 16 hands without a white hair on him, Riddle was much less eye-catching than his travelling mates. “He was just a plain, little brown horse and he didn’t do much for me,” she said. These days, Somerset can’t stop talking about the 15-year-old gelding who, she says, has become the standard by which all other horses are measured.
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  • Preakness time brings reflection, look toward future

    Ah, May. Remember last year’s Preakness? The build-up, the buzz, the “American Pharoah this” and “American Pharoah that” and all the “When will he get here?” questions leading up to the race. The midnight-gray clouds, wind, the rain, the storm, the thermometer dropping from 86 to 56 (amateur meteorologist) in what felt like three minutes on raceday, the soaked silks, saturated shoes and sopping suits.
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  • Region sends quality 3-year-olds to major races as 2016 stakes get higher

    Stuart Grant thought about the question, then tried to answer. “The gameplan is I have 32 mares, they’re going to produce 24 or so foals a year. The idea is to sell a dozen and keep a dozen and hopefully the ones you sell support the ones you keep and you get them to the races at zero cost. That’s the business plan. It doesn’t always work, but . . .” Bob Manfuso thought about the question, then tried to answer. “We go to the sale and try to be realistic. We put a fair value on the horses and if they sell, they sell.” Christian Hansen thought about the question, then tried to answer. “We are commercial breeders. We do not retain a lot of horses. We race a little bit, mostly fillies we either buy or we bred to retain.”
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  • Hansel finds his way home in the Preakness

    Leaving his rivals to pick up the crumbs, handsome Hansel re-wrote his story in the Preakness. His overwhelming seven-length victory was the widest winning margin since Little Current's in 1974.
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  • 2016 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

    Timonium, MD (4/22/16) - The Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are millionaire Dave’s Friend and Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Kauai King, the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby. The new inductees were selected by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). Both Dave’s Friend and Kauai King were named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year during careers that took vastly different paths. Dave’s Friend, one of the nation’s best sprinters of the 1980s, retired in 1986 as the richest Maryland-bred runner of all time. Kauai King catapulted from allowance winner to two-time classic winner over the spring of his 3-year-old season 50 years ago. Bred by Dr. Frank O’Keefe’s Pine Brook Farm, Kauai King was born at Sagamore Farm, the Maryland home to his classic-winning sire Native Dancer, and was purchased by Tom Gentry on behalf of Nebraskan Mike Ford for $42,000 at the Saratoga Yearling Sales. Conditioned by future Hall of Fame trainer Henry Forrest, Kauai King went into the 1966 Kentucky Derby as favorite after winning the Fountain of Youth and two stakes at Bowie in impressive fashion. He captured the Derby by a half-length, and had an easier time in the Preakness, winning by nearly two lengths in 1:55 2/5, the second-fastest running of the race at that time at the distance. After finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes he was syndicated for more than $2.1 million, making him the world’s second most expensive stallion, and was retired to Sagamore Farm after suffering an injury that summer in his only start following the Triple Crown. In addition to being named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year of 1966, Kauai King was also champion 3-year-old male. Dave’s Friend earned the majority of his $1,079,915 in sprint competition – an amazing feat when the richest sprint race he won had a purse of $100,000. The son of Friend’s Choice out of Duc’s Tina (by Duc de Fer) was bred by Bob Beall, who initially trained him for wife Thelma until selling the gelding to Eclipse Award-winning owner John Franks in the spring of 1981. For most of the remainder of his career, Dave’s Friend was trained by Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg. Astonishingly versatile – he set track records at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles -- Dave’s Friend was named Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old in 1978 when he won four stakes and set track records for a mile and an eighth at Pimlico and seven furlongs at Keystone. During his career he recorded five track records and still holds the 5-furlong mark at Laurel Park (:57), set in November 1980. The bay gelding won 17 stakes in his nine years in competition, 15 at less than a mile. During his Maryland-bred Horse of the Year season in 1980, when he was also named champion older male, he won or placed in 13 of 14 starts, all at a mile or less, set two track records, won five stakes, four in New York and all at 6 furlongs, a campaign that ranked him among the best sprinters in the nation. Dave’s Friend and Kauai King join Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame members Awad, Broad Brush, Challedon, Cigar, Concern, Find, Gallorette, Jameela, Little Bold John, Politely, Safely Kept, Twixt and Vertex and steeplechasers Elkridge, Jay Trump and Tuscalee. The newest honorees, with biographies, photos, videos and complete race records, are showcased on mdthoroughbredhalloffame.com.
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  • Line of Duty

    Joe Miller is a big, strapping man. He measures 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 265 pounds. People who don’t know him look at him and think he is perfect for his job?–that of horse ambulance driver.
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  • Fleet Valid

      Ten years ago, trainer Mike Trombetta was riding a wave. He and owner Joseph Balsamo were heading to Churchill Downs with Sweetnorthernsaint, one of the early favorites for Kentucky Derby 132.
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  • The Washington D. C. International: A Comeback Story?

    No one event solidified Laurel Park’s place in racing history more than the Wash­­ington, D.C., International. Now, a bill that would help resurrect the Washington D.C. International has sailed through the House 137-0 after passing the Senate 46-0 last month. The bill, which only needs the signature of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to become law, would give $500,000 for three years to the Maryland International, a turf race to be contested at Laurel Park.
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  • Next Steps in West Virginia

    Measured opinion might suggest racing in West Virginia is at a crossroads. For those who have watched legislative cuts blast the state’s racetrack purses in recent years, it’s perhaps more of a dead end that’s in sight.
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  • Win or lose, they’ve got game

    On February 21, Maryland lost horsewoman Gretchen Mobberly at age 84. She and her family made a big impact on Maryland racing. In our August 2009 issue, as our cover feature, writer Vinnie Perrone crafted a wonderful story about the Mobberly women. Gretchen Mobberley and her daughter, Bird, carry on the Howard County, Md., breeding and racing enterprise launched in the 1960s.
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  • Running the political race for industry

    All politics is local. That’s the way Associated Press editor and columnist Byron Price put it in 1932. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said the same thing when he first ran for office in 1935, and used it frequently in a long career in Washington, D.C.
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  • Midlantic-bred Poll topped by Cathryn Sophia, Page McKenney

    Nothing voters in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll saw in March swayed their impressions of who the best horses bred in the region are.
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  • Heartlight No. One: A champion with connections

    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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  • Lord Don

    When MidAtlantic Horse Rescue moved into its permanent headquarters at Greener Pastures Farm in 2013, co-founders Bev Strauss and Ginny Suarez became stewards of not only the property, but three elderly Thoroughbreds.
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  • True Inspiration

    If there was one horse Matt Dorman wanted to win with, Sonny Inspired was the one. After all, he was more than just a horse. Sonny Inspired had become a living, breathing, fighting metaphor for a philosophy of persistence, for which Dorman named him.
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  • All in a Day's Work

    “Did you bring your riding gear?” Jimmy Day, slumped against the rain, water dripping off the salt and pepper stubble on his chin, navy rain coat and pants long defeated, looked up from the back of allowance winner Our Emerald Forest (Ire) and asked that simple, yearning question. With one set still to go, Day was looking for reinforcements.
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  • Loving the View

    Tucked away in a rural corner of Chesterfield Township, New Jersey, where the land still remains mostly forest and pasture, much the same as when Quaker settlers first set eyes upon it in 1677, is Christine Connelly’s Bright View Farm.
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  • If you can’t be everywhere, be somewhere

    We’re all in this together. Don’t forget that. We’re all tied to horses and races, slot machines and political agendas, regulatory decisions and public opinions, foaling dates and stud fees, hay crops and gas prices, handle figures and stock indexes?–?all the things that make the Thoroughbred game what it is.
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  • The Rest of the Story

    Mercedes-Benz uses the slogan, “The best or nothing” for its marketing in the United States, but probably didn’t have our February Past Time photo in mind.
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  • Cathryn Sophia Tops Three-Year-Old Division in Midlantic-bred Poll

    Super-soph Cathryn Sophia has grabbed the racing world’s attention with a quartet of flashy victories so far in her young career, and her exploits have earned her laurels atop the three-year-old division of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll for February. Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney leads the older horse division of the poll. This was the first edition of the monthly Top Midlantic-bred Poll. Cathryn Sophia, a daughter of Street Boss bred in Maryland by Robert Manfuso, has won both of her 2016 starts. After thrashing local competition at Parx Racing and Laurel Park as a two-year-old, trainer John Servis took her south to Gulfstream Park to fish in deeper waters, and the results have been just as impressive. Cathryn Sophia won the Grade 2 Forward Gal by over five lengths despite a troubled trip on January 30. Four weeks later, she blitzed the field in the Grade 2 Davona Dale, romping to a seven-length win and stamping herself one of her division’s best. Just a $30,000 auction purchase, Cathryn Sophia is owned by Cash Is King LLC. She earned 58 points in the poll, well clear of Triple Crown contenders Mor Spirit, with 45 points, and Sunny Ridge, 39. This group, as well as fourth-place finisher Lucy N Ethel, are all graded stakes winners. Among older horses, Page McKenney, third in last year’s final poll, earned the nod over Virginia-bred Valid. The six-year-old Eavesdropper gelding has won both of his 2016 starts, running his winning streak to four straight stakes races. Most recently, he lodged the first graded stakes win of his career, rallying to win the Grade 3 General George at Laurel Park by a head. He previously had won the Native Dancer over the strip in early January and has won 16 of 43 starts in his career with more than $1.1 million in earnings. Page McKenney is trained by Mary Eppler for owners Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and was bred by Dr. James Bryant and Linda Davis (the “Ja” and “lin” of Jalin Stable). He was the voters’ narrow choice over Virginia-bred Valid, whose resume this season includes a pair of runner-up finishes in graded company. Valid, trained by Marcus Vitali for Crossed Sabres Farm, was most recently second to Mshawish in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Five of the top 10 horses were bred in Pennsylvania, while two each were bred in Maryland and Virginia. One was bred in New Jersey. The list includes seven males and three females. The monthly Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is the only publication devoted to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Racing Biz, an online publication, is the independent voice for mid-Atlantic racing and breeding. The poll is restricted to horses that have run in 2016 and were bred in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Carolinas.
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  • Past is Present

    Sitting in the Tastee Diner in Laurel, Md., Clark Bedwell Shaffer Jr. orders scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns and a cup of coffee and settles in to tell his family’s story. On a warm, summer morning, he is nostalgic and happy to dip into the past and into a little-known piece of Maryland’s Thoroughbred racing history.
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  • The Man Behind Glade Valley

    There must have been times during the last 30 years when the challenges seemed overwhelming: auction sales that turned out to be an exercise in frustration; fences that needed re-building; housing developments sprouting up on all sides. Dr. Robert A. Leonard, manager, part-owner and founder of present-day Glade Valley Farms, takes it all in stride.
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  • A Training Life

    Across the miles, man’s grandest plans have bowed to whim, chance and nature. Columbus set off for Asia and alighted famously short. Fleming, researching influenza, happened to discover penicillin. The second Atomic bomb struck Nagasaki, Japan, because clouds hid Kokura.
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  • The Meadow to Host Penny Chenery's Last Racehorse at Secretariat Birthday Celebration

    From a February 10 Press Release (Doswell, Va.) — Secretariat’s great-great granddaughter, Groundshaker, will be coming to her ancestral home as the star attraction of the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow April 1-3. The celebration is a major highlight of the Virginia Horse Festival, which attracts thousands of horse lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Efforts are underway to eventually welcome the retired racehorse as a permanent resident at the historic birthplace of the Triple Crown champion.
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  • Breezing Along: Virginia-bred filly Stellar Wind flies to top of region’s best in 2015

    The first foal of a moderate winner. . . by a sire yet to break through. . . loads of female family behind her?. . . born on a farm with plenty of past, but not much future. . . visited by an animal communicator who saw potential but warned of trouble.
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  • Xchanger

    Trainer Mark Shuman and his wife, Anissa Butler, pulled their trailer up to Shuman’s barn at Fair Hill Training Center one day last September and instantly wondered whether they’d just made a massive mistake. As soon as Shuman shifted into park, the screaming and snorting began. The trailer shook. And every time they tried to get a shank on the monstrous gray inside, he batted and struck at them.
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  • Brain Teasers

    How well do you know your Mid-Atlantic Stallions? While away your snow days with these fun brain "teasers". See what we did there?
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  • A few more questions for the new year

    It’s February. It’s cold. It will be dark soon. It might snow. Ready for some more racing questions? These were on the list last month, but didn’t make the cut.
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  • Hall of Fame Ride

    Maryland trainer Leatherbury takes place among Thoroughbred racing’s legends. Vinnie Perrone was recognized for “Hall of Fame Ride: Maryland Trainer Leatherbury takes place among Thoroughbred Racing Legend,” a profile of King T. Leatherbury, which appeared in the MHBA publication Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred in August 2015. Perrone is a previous Eclipse Award winner, having won for his 2008 story on the late Clem Florio which appeared in the magazine.
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  • Effervescent

    John Hughes can speak volumes about Effervescent. After nearly 40 years with trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Hughes knows the daughter of Citidancer–and her whole family. “We foaled her here. She was born, raised and broken here,” Hughes said.
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  • New year stirs up mix of optimism, trepidation

    Happy New Year. Not necessarily by definition, but by the nature of this magazine and this job, this column carries an optimistic tone. It can look forward, keep up with news other areas of the magazine cannot and comment on developments. And it can also point out areas that need work.
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  • Laurel Park impresses with upgrades

    People kept asking me if I’d been to Laurel Park lately. They told me I wouldn’t recognize the place. I laughed. I go way back with Laurel–back to free Thanksgiving dinner in the track kitchen with Lonnie Fuller and Crazy Sam; back to the Lasix Barn and the new Receiving Barn; back to trying to saddle a horse when Barclay Tagg forgot he was supposed to help; back to talking my way past the guard at the top of the stretch; back to finishing fifth in the 1982 Maryland Juvenile Cham-pionship behind Dixieland Band, Deputed Testamony and Caveat and not realizing what I was seeing; back to working for the notes team at the International Turf Festival.
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  • Valay Pass

    “He’s never done anything famous. We didn’t show him. But he’s a solid citizen and a good-huntin’ horse.” At first asking, Jimmy Paxson’s assessment of Valay Pass seems rather perfunctory. But get him talking about Duncan Patterson’s 21-year-old son of Carnivalay and the Assault Landing mare Winged Passage, and the yarns begin to spin.
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  • Photo Finish

    Can you spot the differences between these two photos?
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  • Regional Horses and Riders Shine in Thoroughbred Makeover

    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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  • 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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  • Trueamericanspirit

    “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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  • October 1987: City Boy Larry Murray Supervises Glade Valley

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alexis's David

    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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  • 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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  • Stellar Wind, Dame Dorothy head Top Midlantic-bred Poll

    The brand-new Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, released today, looks a lot like the June version.
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  • Regional Hall of Famers

    There have been 23 Mid-Atlantic-bred Hall of Fame horses, plus many other connections and horsemen inducted with strong ties to the region. This year we will add a few more to that list.
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  • My Lord

    “MY LORD!” It’s an oft-heard reaction when visitors walk into Peter and Amy Fenwick’s home and see the Foxhall Farm Cup towering like a behemoth in the center of their formal dining table.
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  • Editorial: Triple Crown Arrives in Due Time

    Headed toward the track for the 13th race, Richard Migliore looked down, pointed to the tearful boys at my side and said. “They might see one in their lifetimes. But I don’t know if you and I will.”
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP
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  • Tough Town

    Moreno proves magical in Grade 2 Classic at Charles Town as Shared Belief is pulled up
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  • Bug River

    On the last Friday in April, Regina Welsh took an impromptu stroll down Memory Lane. Walking the Maryland Hunt Cup course with rider Diana Gillam, Welsh was transported back to the same spot 11 years earlier–the day before she saddled Bug River to the first of two Hunt Cup wins.
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  • The King finally gets his crown

    King T. Leatherbury didn’t hesitate, didn’t take a deep breath and think about it, didn’t even blink for all I know. He’s that quick.
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  • May 2015: For the Love of the game

    What are you going to do when he dies? The question came up and I don’t know, but upon his retirement we had to do something. And that’s why Not For Love, the best stallion to stand in the region since Northern Dancer (hey, it’s my column) is on the cover.
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  • April 2015: A slow turn for racing drug reform

    Making real change in Thorough-bred racing is a little like making a U-turn in an aircraft carrier. It’s slow, steady, potentially dangerous and pretty delicate. It helps if you lean.
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  • Learning to Love Racehorses

    School's out - are your kids heading to the barn?
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  • Preakness Week 2015

    Photos from the morning activity at Pimlico Race Course, plus Black Eyed Susan Day and Preakness Stakes Day!
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  • Scrappy T

    It was the gasp heard round the world. And 10 years later, the team behind 2005 Preakness Stakes runner-up Scrappy T still runs the gamut of emotions whenever the subject is broached.
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  • Kentucky Oaks fave Stellar Wind leads Top Midlantic-bred Poll

    Back in December, she was a Virginia-bred maiden racing at Laurel Park.
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  • Behind the Scenes with Racing the Times' Equine Stars

    Marylanders will be out in force on May 13 at the historic Senator Theater to see the premiere of Racing the Times, but some stars of the film will be quietly bedded down in their stalls for the night.
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  • National Sporting Library & Museum to Host ‘Hero in the Homestretch: The Sea Hero Symposium’

    On Saturday, May 30, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in Middleburg, Va., will host a symposium and reception celebrating the recent gift of the bronze sculpture Sea Hero.
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  • Chris Antley, King Leatherbury, Lava Man and Xtra Heat elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and the racehorses Lava Man and Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the contemporary category. The electees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
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  • Joe Clancy To Receive David F. Woods Memorial Award

    April 16, 2015 (Press Release from the Maryland Jockey Club) Writer to be Honored at Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Thursday, May 14
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  • Stellar Wind leads first Top Midlantic-bred Poll of 2015

    Virginia-bred Stellar Wind began her career at Laurel Park before being sold privately and jetting off to Southern California.
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  • Night Watch

    We've never had such a good time staying up late.
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  • Maryland's One and Only King

    Maryland legend King T. Leatherbury is finally on the Hall of Fame ballot, so we're rereading Vinnie Perrone's masterpiece on the King from our May 2010 magazine.
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  • Ladies in Waiting 2.0: T Sizzle

    Dr. Lenny Pineau and his wife Dr. Pat Bradley, small animal veterinarians with a practice in Baltimore City, keep about 10 broodmares at their Three Pines Farm near Glyndon, Md., including graded stakes producer Wood Not, one of the mares profiled in a story in the March issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.
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  • Say It Again, March 2015

    Our March Mid-Atlantic Report gives a nice introduction to this month's feature Ladies in Waiting, 2.0.
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  • Near the Limit

    His pedigree page is heavy with names from another era. His sire, Garthorn, won five consecutive graded stakes in the mid-1980s–the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap among them–for trainer Bobby Frankel and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.
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  • March 2015: Jump Start proves them right in the end

    Flip back to the cover for a second and get a good look. I’ll wait. Some head shot, isn’t it? Jump Start, the region’s leading sire for 2014, is a beast. He always was.
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  • Learning

    Bonita Farm has always been a family affair. The sprawling Harford County training center is the homestead of the Boniface family, three generations of which are deeply rooted in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry.
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  • February 2015: A Rich Life

    Northbound on I-95 past the Chesapeake House on a cold January night, I listened as my 80-year-old father tried to put into words what a horse meant to him. Not a racehorse or a prized broodmare, a 20-year-old foxhunter who died the day before.
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  • Sagamore, January 2015: Ringing in the New Year

    2015 stepped into the room about as quietly as would a weanling on iceskates. Mother Nature took us from abundant sunshine to over-abundant snowfall in what seemed like less than a minute. I had just enough time to capture a few photos of the beautifully powdered landscape before the sleeting rain took over and covered my lens in icicles.
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  • Upcoming Stallion Shows and Open Houses

    Haven't quite made up your mind for the 2015 breeding season? Here are a few regional open houses coming up on our calendar.
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  • Owners of major Harford Country, Maryland, horse farm explore possible sale

    Bonita Farm - which a Preakness winner helped make Harford County's largest Thoroughbred horse breeding and training center - has been put up for sale. Read Allan Vought's article in the Jan. 14 Baltimore Sun (The Aegis) here.
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  • Tides have turned for Atlantic City race course

    With the announcement this past Friday that the last open day of business for simulcasting at Atlantic City Race Course will be Friday, January 16, 2015, we revived this previous story by Bill Mooney from the September/October 1995 magazine.
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  • January 2015: A to-do list for region’s racing industry.

    January is for lists. So here’s mine. Fifteen things for racing to work on in 2015, not really in any particular order. 
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  • Fast Talking

    “You can’t do that with a Thoroughbred.” Samantha Graham heard that a lot when she adopted Fast Talking in 2012.
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  • Eclipse Finalists Announced

    The 2014 Eclipse Award finalists have been announced. Among the finalists are Mid-Atlantic-based Main Sequence and several horses with Mid-Atlantic ties.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred story by Clancy wins Eclipse Award

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s editor Joe Clancy has won the Eclipse Award for news writing for his story “Horse of a Lifetime,” covering this past year’s Preakness Stakes, which appeared in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.
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  • Horse of a Lifetime

    California Chrome adds Preakness to Derby triumph for connections, sport ECLIPSE AWARD WINNER – BEST NEWS WRITING
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  • Sagamore, December 2014

    As 2014 comes to a close, we look back on the many ups and downs we experienced throughout the past twelve months.
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  • Upcoming Stallion Shows

    Four Mid-Atlantic Stud Farms have scheduled Open Houses for January. Don't miss this opportunity to visit the farms and inspect stallions for the upcoming breeding season!
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  • Top Mid-Atlantic Moments of 2014

    We've put together our most memorable, monumental, and magnificent Mid-Atlantic moments from 2014. Help us decide which moment was #1!
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  • Top Mid-Atlantic Moments of 2014

    We've put together our most memorable, monumental, and magnificent Mid-Atlantic moments from 2014. Help us decide which moment was #1!
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: December 16, 2014

    Ben's Cat answered any questions about whether he'd lost a step with an emphatic score in the Fabulous Strike at Penn National Thanksgiving weekend.
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  • Here's the Plan

    Serelee Hefler was excited to talk about Here’s the Plan. “This has been my Bucket List item for the past year,” she said, leading the strapping son of Smarten and the Horatius mare Video Sister out of his paddock at Worthmore Farm in Chestertown, Md.
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  • December 2014: Remembering Speedy, and all those like him

    Speedy Kiniel died. And dozens of people connected to Maryland racing and steeplechasing and racehorses in general thought about the old days. Maybe they also remembered Lonnie, Shorty, Shaky, Spoon, Crazy Sam, Chubby, Bubba, Monroe, Hume, Jerome, Cornbread and all the other grooms of various eras and locations.
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  • Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale. . . Did you see these?

    The final sale of 2014 in Maryland is Monday, Dec. 8 at Timonium with more than 200 catalogued - approximately 90 are mares, and another 90 are weanlings.
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  • Extended Features

    See more photos from our November 2014 feature story, "Making a Difference."
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  • Top Midlantic-breds this week: November 21, 2014

    Real Solution maintained a slight lead in the latest Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, the second-to-last vote of 2014.
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  • Looking Back: November

    A few photos from the past in our November magazine.
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  • Sagamore, October - November 2014

    These are a few of my favorite things.
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  • In Case You Missed It: Dashing through the Fall

    It feels like fall has set record fractions this year, with many of us expecting frigid temperatures and possibly snow this week in the Mid-Atlantic. Here are a few of our favorite moments from this past weekend of fall racing around the region.
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  • Real Solution holds off Miss Behaviour in Poll

    It was nip-and-tuck, but Real Solution once again held off Miss Behaviour to earn the weekly honors as top Midlantic-bred. Indeed, the list was identical to the one conducted three weeks ago.
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  • Achieve

    His name is Achieve. One definition of the word states that it means “to reach or attain (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage.” And Jodie Pointer thinks the handle fits her 22-year-old now white son of Waquoit. 
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  • November 2014: Don't let the sport become another lost art

    "It’s a dying art and we need to recognize it and do something about it.”
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  • One in a Million

    From the October 2014 magazine, here is our feature on unlikely Arlington Hero Hardest Core. He flies to Santa Anita Tuesday for a chance at glory in the Breeders' Cup. By Joe Clancy. Photos by Anne Litz.
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  • Updated: The Filly

    The latest installment of The Filly, our exclusive online series following the life of a foal born and raised in the Mid-Atlantic is now available. Read the latest installment here.
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  • Our tribute to the great Cigar

    On October 7, Maryland-bred Cigar passed away.  See our tribute to this great horse, the featured  Post TIme in our soon-to-be-released November issue. 
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  • In case you missed it: regional celebrations

    It was a weekend of Mid-Atlantic celebration, with major races at Charles Town, Laurel Park, and Far Hills, NJ. Check out some of our favorite moments.
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  • Subscribe to Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred - Covering Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Fill out the Online Subscription Form below to subscribe online using a credit card xSingleProduct() or Download and print the Print Subscription Form to mail in or fax your payment to: MHBA P.O. Box 427 Timonium, MD 21094 or Fax to:(410) 560-0503 Foreign subscriptions will incur additional postage fees.  
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  • Real Solution holds onto Top Midlantic-bred Poll

    Real Solution had the worst of it in last Saturday's Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, finishing sixth. -- but that didn't deter voters in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, who made him the poll leader once again. He earned 42 points to hold off Miss Behaviour, who had 35.
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  • Pensioners Update: October 2014

    We check in on some recent Pensioners, who are living the retired life around the region.
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  • Walnut Green Foal Futzers

    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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  • The Connection: Walnut Green Foal Futzers

    Pennsylvania's Walnut Green Thoroughbred operation needed a little help, so office manager Grace Meagher launched the Foal Futzers program. Photos by Anne Litz. Read more. The magazine is what we do, but there's always more to be done. Each month, check out our latest online-exclusive projects here, in The Connection, where people and Thoroughbreds get together.  
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  • Sagamore, September 2014: A Farewell to Bare Arms

    It's almost as if the outside air gets colder with each falling leaf. Summer has officially come to an end, and while brief, has given us quite a bit to reflect on.
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  • Say it Again October 2014

    A few teasers from our latest issue.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace & National Symposium October 4 & 5 at Pimlico

    The Retired Racehorse Project will present their second annual National Symposium this year on October 4 & 5. The event will once again be held at Pimlico Race Course, and feature America's Most Wanted Horse. Chris McCarron, Rodney Jenkins, and Diane Crump will team up  on Sunday, October 5 to provide commentary and insight on the performances of ten Thoroughbred ex-racehorses performing in ten equestrian sports. Read more about the event and these judges here. Among the ten trainer/horse combiniations will be Christy Clagett, Larking Hill Farm. Read her interview with Covertside's Katy Carter. For more details and tickets to this exciting event, visit www.retiredracehorseproject.org.
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  • October 2014: Stepping in, and up, for the horses

    A few days before this magazine went to press, I read an article by associate editor Cindy Deubler and thought about October.
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  • Areutrue & Bling Star Dreams

    A small Delaware farm literally minutes from the Atlantic Ocean isn’t exactly the place you expect to find foxhunters, much less off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Standardbreds and Chincoteague ponies, maybe–after all, when in Rome. . . but thanks to CANTER Mid Atlantic, former runners Areutrue and Bling Star Dreams are thriving with owners Jim and Pat Griffin at 20-acre Stillwater Farm in Lewes.
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  • In Case You Missed It: September 22, 2014

    Miss anything this weekend? Here's our roundup of all the action in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
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  • Legacy of a stallion

    Maryland's grand old man, the dean of regional sires, 24-year-old Not For Love, earns attention as the broodmare sire of California Chrome and a place in history.
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: September 19, 2014

    Pennsylvania-bred Real Solution took on all comers to lead the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, the first one of the year in which three-year-olds and older horses competed against each other in the voting.
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  • In case you missed it: September 15

    Here are our favorite moments from this past, very fall-like, weekend.
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  • In case you missed it: September 8, 2014

    Here are a few of our favorite moments from this past weekend, in case you missed them. >
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  • Labor Day Connections

    Mid-Atlantic connections are popping up everywhere, from Arlington to Saratoga. Here are a few that our own Mid-Atlantic encyclopedia and Associate Editor Cindy Deubler caught over Labor Day.
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  • What you may not know about Down Town Allen

    Down Town Allen is the most accomplished West Virginia-bred mare in history by number of stakes wins (18 or 19, depending on the source, as a few, including Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, count the Ann Hilton Handicap last September).
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  • September 2014: Carrying on, with grace, in the Voss barn

    Gary Murray will be on the farm in Maryland, trying to get something done about a horse, a piece of equipment, a fencepost, anything and he’ll see Tom Voss.
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  • Grady

    Grady. It’s a simple name: masculine, rugged, strong. It sounds like a good name for a boxer. . . a ranch hand. . . a longshoreman. Or a racehorse who made 104 starts and ran until he was 11 years old.
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  • In Case You Missed It: Labor Day Weekend

    We hope you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend! Here are a few of our favorite moments in the Mid-Atlantic from the past few days.
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  • The Big Beast, Real Solution top latest Midlantic-bred Poll

    The Big Beast used a big rally to earn the first stakes victory of his career last weekend when he ran down Fast Anna to win the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga. And that made him the big mover on this week's Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, when he went from not receiving a single vote last poll to the top-rated three-year-old bred in the region.
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  • Graded Stakes Winner by TAPIT to NORTHVIEW MARYLAND for 2015

    BANDBOX, a four-length winner of the 2014 General George H.-G3 and a son of Leading Sire TAPIT, will stand his first season at stud in 2015 at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., according to an announcement from the farm. His stud fee will be $2,500 live foal and he is now available for inspection at the farm.
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  • Heritage Stallions First to Stand Tapit Son in Mid-Atlantic

    Heritage Stallions announces the addition of graded stakes performer Tritap to its stallion roster in Chesapeake City, Md., for 2015. The first son of leading sire Tapit to stand in the Mid-Atlantic region, 5-year-old Tritap is currently in the process of being syndicated by Heritage.
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  • The Filly

    The Filly Find out what it's like to grow up in the Mid-Atlantic.  Click here to read more. Google+
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  • Behind the Features: August

    See more photos from your favorite August features here.
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  • Country Life Farm, July/August 2014

    Waiting and wondering has been a theme throughout these blogs.
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  • August 2014: Victory Racing Plates and Second Chances Farm

    We visit Victory Racing Plates and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances Farm.
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  • In case you missed it: August 11, 2014

    Spend your time away from the internet this weekend? Here are a few moments you may have missed.
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: August 8, 2014

    In a three-way photo finish, Miss Behaviour took over the lead as top three-year-old in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll this week. Meanwhile, Real Solution remained the leader among older horses.
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  • Sagamore, July/August 2014

    Catching Up with the Dwarf Squad
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  • An Update: Torbay

    We received word from Alex Brown that former Pensioner Torbay is still out and about.
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  • Double Bill

    Talk about long-term relationships. When North Carolina residents Frank and Ann Loving bought Double Bill, Ronald Reagan was president, a first-class postage stamp cost 20 cents, Amadeus won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Spend a Buck won the Kentucky Derby.
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  • August 2014: Winning a race that never ends

    “Editorial excellence is not a goal to be sought and one day acquired and then retired to the trophy case. It is instead an ambition which must be pursued each day, never ending, never totally achieved. That striving, that ambition is an essential part of our newspapers, a cornerstone of what we have been, what we are, and what we will be.”
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: July 25, 2014

    Storming Inti (three-year-old) and Real Solution (older horse) remained atop the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll this week. But the competition is breathing down their necks.
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  • The Publication

    The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the only monthly magazine dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry in the region, serves to promote Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the eight-state Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The magazine provides news, information, education and entertainment to Thoroughbred owners, trainers, breeders and enthusiasts throughout the region.
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  • In case you missed it: July 21

    A collection of moments from this past weekend in the Mid-Atlantic, and beyond.
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  • Looking Back: July 2004

    10 years ago, this photo by Cindy Pierson Dulay was published in our July mag, and earned her an Eclipse Award. #tbt pic.twitter.com/iQNZXqbWnr— MidAtlanticTB (@MidAtlanticTB) July 10, 2014
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  • In case you missed it: July 15

    Miss anything this weekend? We've collected some of our favorite moments from the web for you.
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  • Sagamore, June 2014

    Warm Breeze, Shady Trees & Weanlings Though the weather is heating up, the racing action is cooling down.
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  • Top Midlantic Poll: July 4, 2014

    Voters in this week's Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll had no trouble ranking the top older horses, choosing a group that looked almost exactly like last week's. For the three year-olds, however, it was another matter altogether.
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  • Jade’s Revenge and Monarch Lane

    In reality, they are a study in contrasts. Jade’s Revenge is a tall, patrician bay, expressive, approachable. He’s the stuff of horse-crazy young girls’ dreams. Monarch Lane, a welterweight chestnut, doesn’t care why you’ve come and has no interest in exchanging pleasantries. No warm fuzziness there; he’s all business. Extend your hand at your own peril.
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  • July 2014: No roadmap to racing success

    Tom Bowman stood in the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle and smiled. Well, he laughed really. Because that’s all he could do.
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  • Top Midlantic-bred Poll: June 20, 2014

    For the first time in the brief history of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll, a single horse garnered all of the first-place votes in the Older Horse category -- and, remarkably, another horse took down all of the second-place votes in that same poll.
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  • Heroes rise in the Hunt Cup

    2013 AHP Award: Second Place Editorial Event Coverage Single Article circulation under 20,000 (print)   Jacqueline Ohrstrom and Tim Beecher watched the Maryland Hunt Cup from different vantage points, but thought about the same thing as Professor Maxwell put on a galloping and jumping clinic to win the 117th running of the historic timber race in Glyndon April 27.
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  • Taking His Turn

    2013 AHP Award: Winner Editorial Event Coverage Single Article circulation under 20,000 (print) Orb delivers Derby win for old-school trio of McGaughey, Janney, Phipps
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  • A Belmont Dream with the Masters

    2013 AHP Awards: Honorable Mention Feature Single Article circulation under 10,000 (print) Cot Campbell walked into the track kitchen at Aiken Training Center, went behind the counter, poured himself a cup of coffee and found a seat. More disappointed than an abandoned basset hound, the master of Dogwood Stable had just watched Palace Malice run in the Kentucky Derby and needed some advice.
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  • Change of Pace

    2013 AHP AWARD: Winner of Feature Single Article circulation under 10,000 (print) After building a Thoroughbred business in Pennsylvania, Abbotts make plans for the future
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  • Student of Life

    2013 AHP Award: 3rd place Personality Profile Single Article circulation under 10,000 (print) Achievements with legendary Jay Trump just a part of legacy left by Tommy Smith
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  • Finish Line

    Winner 2013 AHP Award: Personality Profile Single Article circulation under 10,000 (print) Newspaperman, racing historian Joe Kelly gets the win in remarkable life, career in racing
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP

    The editors, writers and photographers of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred received eight honors in American Horse Publications' annual awards contest for 2013, taking home four first-place awards Saturday night in Charleston, S.C.
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  • Sagamore, May 2014

    HOPE If there’s one thing I’ve learned about horse racing, it’s that a race is never just a race.
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  • Unexplainable

    Between 1999 and 2001, Unexplainable was practically a household name at Parx Racing. Not only was the Adena Springs-bred son of El Prado (Ire)—Brilliant Prospect, by Marine Brass, popular with the betting public, he was a hot commodity in the claim box as well. Every one of his 10 lifetime wins came at the Bensalem, Pa., oval, then still called Philadelphia Park.
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  • June 2014: Riding history at the Hunt Cup

    “Is this what the founding fathers intended?” Somebody asked me that question after the Maryland Hunt Cup went into the books for the 118th time in April. I have no idea what they intended, only that we weren’t talking about Washington, Jefferson and Adams.
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  • Midlantic-bred Poll: May 23, 2014

    With his second win of the season, Maryland-bred old-timer Ben's Cat ascended to the top of the older horse division in the latest Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-Bred Poll, announced today. He took over the lead from Princess of Sylmar, who has made just one start so far this season.
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  • Country Life Farm: May 2014

    Horses of Different Colors The most exciting part of foaling season is wondering which of these baby racehorses, with their too-long legs and lack of coordination, is going to go on to become a star on the track. But well before that, we get to experience the thrill of finding out what each mare's baby looks like when it emerges.
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  • A Sterling History

    The Woodlawn Vase is awarded to the Preakness Stakes winner each year and is considered by many to be the most valued trophy in the United States. One appraisal places the vase’s worth in excess of $4 million (more than double the purse of the actual race in 2014). Others suggest trying to put a price on the Woodlawn Vase would be akin to assigning a dollar figure to happiness or a sloppy kiss from a puppy.
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  • PA welcomes Wildcat Brief

    A stakes winner of $340,570, and G1-placed in the Vosburgh S, Wildcat Brief has recently moved to Pennsylvania. He entered stud in 2013 in New Jersey but will stand the remainder of the 2014 season at Foxfield Farm in Oxford, PA. Breeders with mares not booked or bred yet might want to strongly consider this fine G3-placed stakes winner by Forest Wildcat (Storm Cat), out of Gisham (Grindstone).  Since he has moved at such a late date in the breeding season, he will stand courtesy to approved mares for the balance of the 2014 season ONLY.   Farm manager Chuck Martin  welcomes any inquiries on Wildcat Brief at 610-587-3153. Or owner Frank Vento may be reached at 908-433-9639.
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  • Maryland’s Marvel

    Seventy-five years later, Challedon’s Preakness still a winner.
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  • Preakness Week Photo Blog

    Check out our photos of Preakness week - updated daily!
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  • Classic Midlantic-breds: Preakness Stakes

    Which Mid-Atlantic-bred horses have won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown? Cindy Deubler has the list:
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  • Midlantic-bred Poll: May 9, 2014

    There is a new leader of the sophomore set in the mid-Atlantic. Pennsylvania-bred Storming Inti moved to the head of the class in the latest Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-Bred Poll, announced today. He displaced Virginia-bred Noble Moon, who slipped to second.
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  • Dancininthestreet

    Wells Hanna rides Dirty. He’s well known for it, in fact; has been doing it for years. And normally when you see the pair, Hanna is clad in green velvet Colonial garb, perfectly balancing a 5-foot wooden spear as his horse Dirty Bird speeds toward a 2-inch plastic ring suspended from an L-shaped pole.
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  • Classic Midlantic-breds: Kentucky Derby

    We know you were wondering which Midlantic-bred horses have won the Kentucky Derby. Here's the list:
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  • Top Midlantic-breds: April 25, 2014

    Pennsylvania-bred Princess of Sylmar ascended to the top spot in in the latest Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-Bred Poll, announced today.
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  • Sagamore, April 2014

    Time will tell. Winter was harsh, unpredictable and altogether exhausting. The snow refused to cease and no amount of explanation from The Weather Channel or cursing at the sky really made a difference. All you could do was wait for the storm to pass.
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  • Mid-Atlantic-breds competing at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

    Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only 4 star (FEI CCI****) Event held in the Americas, begins this morning in Lexington, Ky, and there five Mid-Atlantic-breds competing:
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  • Retired Racehorse Training Project Expands

    With name change, new web site, and Retired Racehorse Resource Directory Retired Racehorse Training Project, a charitable organization whose mission is to “build the bridges to second careers and increase demand for Thoroughbreds” announced this week that its name will shrink while its work expands. The organization has adopted the trade name Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and launched a new web site to serve racing owners, service providers, horse shoppers, and OTTB owners. It is also producing a state-by-state Retired Racehorse Resource Directory.
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  • May 2014: Virginia must find unity, craft plan for progress

    The racing issues in Virginia are surely far too complex to solve on a magazine page, but what is going on? Horsemen and ownership can’t agree on a racing schedule and therefore a 2014 without any Thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs is a very real possibility.
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  • May 2014 digital edition now available

    Our latest issue is off the presses and in the mail, and as always, the digital edition is available before those copies arrive in mail boxes. In this issue: Challedon, My Challedon, a look at the 1939 Preakness won by Maryland-sired, -bred, -owned, and -trained Challedon. The Woodlawn Vase, a history of one of the sport's most valuable trophies. A.M. Kroop and Sons, a Maryland treasure in Laurel. Remembering Dickie Small And much more. Enjoy! Click Here to read your Digital Edition now. Not a subscriber? Sign Up for the Club to read it!        
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  • Celtic Choice

    Celtic Choice is a horse with a great deal of family behind him. Not only is he half-brother to a Canadian Horse of the Year, but the 28-year-old Dumbarton Farm homebred has remained with the same connections throughout his long life.
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  • Life Beyond the Ring

    Our April 2014 edition features a story on Mid-Atlantic sales graduates that have moved on to racing's bigger, better, or different stages. Here are a few:
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  • Midlantic 2014 2YO Sale – Quality and Diversity.

    Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic division announced today that it has catalogued 580 entries for its May 19th and 20th Two-year-olds in Training Sale at Timonium, Maryland. Undertack shows will be held at the Timonium racetrack on Wednesday and Thursday, May 14th and 15th.
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  • A Return to Glory

    Winner of the 2014 David Woods Award, this post-Preakness piece was published in the July 2013 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. "What's different?" Jerry Bailey asked Gary Stevens the question Friday before the Preakness as the two Hall of Fame jockeys–one retired and one recently un-retired–met in the kitchen of the Pimlico jocks' room.
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  • Top Midlantic-breds: 4/11/14

    New arrivals shook up the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-Bred Poll this week -- but the poll leaders remained unchanged.
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  • Country Life, April 2014

    Everyone loves a parade. I regret that two of my first blogs were about waiting for things to happen, as now there is more than enough going on at the farm. (Which is my excuse for the long time between blogs – sorry!)
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  • Colonial Downs Seeks to Create a High-Caliber Boutique Thoroughbred Race Meet

    New Kent, VA – April 8, 2014: Seeking to elevate Virginia thoroughbred racing to the highest levels nationally, Colonial Downs President Ian Stewart announced today that the track's focus for the future will be to build a nationally recognized, quality boutique thoroughbred meet. "Colonial Downs is recognized as having one of the finest turf courses in North America. We are now going to implement our vision of creating one of the highest caliber thoroughbred race meets in the country," said Stewart.
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  • Life lived large: the tale of Dickie Small

    The Thoroughbred world suffered a great loss with the death of Richard Small this past weekend. Read Vinnie Perrone's award-winning story from the February 2009 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred of this Maryland icon. He captured the man like no one else ever could:
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  • Inside MAT

    Get a sneak peek of what's inside our latest edition:
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  • Racing's Great Mystery Man

    This weekend the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point runs at the Voss family's Atlanta Hall in Monkton, Maryland. The locals call them The Voss Races. Mostly due to one man's overwhelming influence on the event, Tom Voss. This past January, the industry lost this great horseman and friend. He will be notably missed by many who attend tomorrow's event. We dug into our archives for Joe Clancy's August 2002 story.
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  • March/April 1996: Steeplechasing gears up for season of change

    In honor of Joe Clancy's birthday, here is his first story published in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, March/April, 1996 American steeplechasing is about to jump --- headlong --- into its second century. The 1996 season starts March 23 at Aiken, and there promises to be much worth watching.
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  • Virginia-breds top first-ever Top Midlantic-bred Poll

    Virginia-breds ranked as the top horses bred in the mid-Atlantic among both three year-olds and older horses in today's first-ever Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred / The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll.
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  • April 2014: Hall call should come to Leatherbury

    Sometimes the numbers really are overwhelming. Maryland trainer King T. Leatherbury (I pretty much can’t type his name without including the T) has won more than 6,400 races. He’s trained the winners of more than $61 million. 
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  • Sagamore, March 2014

    Calm before the Storm Snow removal, branch cleanup, new puppy, dorm construction; these are the not-so-hot topics around the farm right now. A couple of wins, a couple of good works, just a couple of noteworthy happenings. It's calm here. It's quiet and still, yet beneath the surface, a storm is stirring.
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  • Skullbuster

    His name makes him sound as though he should be exploding out of a chute with a cowboy strapped aboard for an eight-second ride. It conjures images of rawhide, spurs and Skoal rings–not Palm Beach, Saratoga and the Jersey Shore. But that’s exactly where Skullbuster’s story went.
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  • March 2014: New path to second career possible

    Dear industry: Want a model to ensure Thoroughbred horses find suitable second careers? Quickly, efficiently, intelligently, realistically? Sure you do.
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  • Country Life Farm, February 2014

    Finally! After we were forced to wait what seemed like forever, the foal "faucet" is now on full-blast – and there's nothing quite like arriving at work each morning to find a new face to greet you. The count is now 7 foals in the last 6 days.
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  • E Dubai and Jump Start back at Northview

    Northview Stallion Station's E Dubai and Jump Start, the top two active Mid-Atlantic sires in 2013, are back in the region and ready for the upcoming breeding season. E Dubai has taken up residence in his new home at the Maryland division, and Jump Start returns to Northview PA.
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  • VTA Stallion Season Auction postponed

    Due to the incoming weather, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association 2014 Annual Stallion Season Auction is being postponed. The NEW open bidding day will be Tuesday, February 18th. Closing bidding will take place on Wednesday, February 19. Only bidders who have placed a bid on Tuesday, February 18th may participate in the closing bidding on that specific stallion on Wednesday, February 19th.Offering the most extensive list of no-guarantee seasons, featuring quality stallions to suit every mare and every budget from states including Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and more! Please visit www.vabred.org and click the auction box on the homepage for the stallion season list and for complete bidding information. Questions? Contact the Virginia Thoroughbred Association at (540) 347-4313 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • February 1939

    Editor Humphrey S. Finney, whose duties included being Field Secretary of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, kept a busy schedule while circulating among members and visiting farms in the area and beyond. A few days of his travels in January included:
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  • February 1964

    “A Racetrack Dies As Bel Air Is Dismantled,” was the headline of the demise of the half-miler in Maryland.
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  • February 1989

    Notches Trace was one of the eight Maryland-bred champions of 1988–all conceived in Maryland. The daughter of Lord Gaylord was owned by Warren Rosenthal from Kentucky, trained in New York by Bruce Levine, and bred by King T. Leatherbury.
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  • February 2004

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale posted robust increases over the year before, and a weanling full-sister to graded stakes winner Perfect Moon brought the third highest-price in the sale’s 20-year history when selling for $150,000.
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  • Sagamore, February 2014

    First Steps The text came in at approximately 6:30PM - "Dictate the Tempo just about to break her water".
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  • Classy stallion Petionville moves to Murmur Farm in Maryland

    Petionville has arrived at Audrey Murray’s Murmur Farm in Darlington, Md., for the 2014 breeding season after standing in Pennsylvania the past two years. The veteran Grade 1 sire remains the property of Everest Stable LLC. “I’m glad he came to Maryland,” said Murray. “His owner picked Maryland after considering other states because of the new state breeding program, and he’ll continue to support him.”
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  • Too Fast to Catch

    JoAnn Hayden calls the mare the most amazing mother “ever.” Anita Motion uses the phrase, “the gift that keeps on giving.” By any description, one thing is certain: Too Fast to Catch is a gold mine of a broodmare.
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  • Feb 2014: A salute to mares

    When she called with an update on two mares at Taylor Mountain Farm in West Virginia, Holly Beck was too late to make the lengthy feature inside this magazine where we checked in on a sampling of Mid-Atlantic broodmares. But she wasn’t too late to make an impact.
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  • February 2014 edition in the mail

    Our latest edition is in the mail and our digital edition is available to digital subscribers and Club members. Regular subscribers are entitled to the digital edition as part of their subscription package, so if you do not already have access to the digital edition, call Anne Warner at 410-252-2100 x 122 (or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and she will set you up! Not a subscriber? Click on the image at the left on our home page and subscribe or join the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Club. SIgn up by clicking on the tab at the top or our home page.
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  • Region mourns loss of top trainer Tom Voss

    In early summer 2002, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editor Lucy Acton assigned me a story. “Write a feature on Tom Voss, a real feature. What’s he like? Everybody knows him, but they don’t know that much about him.”
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  • January 1939

    Headed by Maryland-bred Challedon, 114 horses were made eligible to the 1939 Preakness Stakes. Challedon, winner of three Futurities that fall–the Maryland, New England and Pimlico–was considered a strong contender.
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  • Looking Back January 1964

    “Peter Fuller–a Breeder With Punch” described the former amateur boxer, Harvard graduate and Cadillac dealer from Boston who won the Jennings Handicap with Half Breed, whom he claimed as a 3-year-old maiden for $9,500. The Polynesian gelding had earnings of $134,012 following the Jennings, and was named the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s champion older horse of 1963.
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  • Looking Back January 1989

    The dispersal of Ryehill Farm’s breeding stock, weanlings and the stakes-winning Homebuilder–a total of 80 horses and seven stallion shares–yielded $10,069,400, an average of $115,740. Homebuilder’s dam Smart Heiress (in foal to Nijinsky II) topped the dispersal at $1.65 million, with Robert Smith, owner of Upperville, Va.-based Heronwood Farm, making the purchase. Homebuilder went for $1.6 million.
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  • Looking Back January 2004

    West Virginia-bred A Huevo captured the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash-G1, the headliner on a Laurel card that included the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity and four other stakes. Tapit scored easily in the Futurity. Both runners were ridden by Ramon Dominguez, and both were trained by Michael Dickinson.
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  • VTA Annual Stallion Season Auction set for Feb. 12

    Virginia Thoroughbred Association's 2014 Annual Stallion Season Auction is set with one open bidding day only on Wednesday, February 12th.
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  • Heritage Stallions Open House this Sunday

    Maryland's newest stud farm, Heritage Stallions announced today some exciting opportunities available at their Open House, set for Sunday, January 19, 1 - 4 pm.  
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  • Third Annual WV Farm Tour of Stallions

    On January 25 and 26, eght West Virginia farms will open their doors for stallion inspections. The farms will be open 11 am to 4 pm, three on Saturday, five on Sunday.
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  • AAEP Applauds Passage of Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in U.S. Senate

     Since November 2009, the Drug Enforcement Administration has informed the veterinary profession that the Controlled Substances Act does not permit veterinarians to take controlled substances beyond their registered location, such as a clinic or a home.  The DEA indicated that without a statutory change to the Act, some veterinarians may be practicing in violation of the law. Veterinarians who travel to their patients are now closer to having the complete ability to transport and administer controlled substances to provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia.
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  • RRTP Releases First National Study of Thoroughbred Racehorse Placement

    Retired Racehorse Training Project Press ReleaseJanuary 9, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A report released today by Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) is the first nationwide study of how Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are transitioned into second careers. It is based on a survey conducted in late 2013 titled Exploring the Bridge To Second Careers in which owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses from 47 states and Canada responded to 23 questions.
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     LAUREL, MD. 01-08-14---Victor Carrasco was named a finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey when the 2013 Eclipse Awards nominees were announced this morning on HRTV. Winners will be announced at the 43rd annual ceremony, to be held Saturday evening, January 18 at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino near Miami. 
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  • Breeder/Owner profile: Barbara Houck

    Houck’s best homebred thus far has been Fear the Facelift, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of the Cape Town stallion Fear the Cape, whom she also campaigned.
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  • Sagamore, January 2014: A Look Back

    As 2013 drew to a close and 2014 stepped into the gate, the atmosphere became so thick with excitement, you could slice it with a spoon.
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  • Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Awards Banquet

    The Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series (TASS) Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Laurel Park at 11 a.m. The event will be emceed by Md. Horse Radio Show’s Stan Salter. The awards will be given on behalf of the 8 TASS thoroughbred only shows that were held last summer in the Maryland and Virginia area. The points from each show were tallied and the Series Winners plus 6 finishers will be rewarded at the banquet.
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  • Cold-Weather Tips for Horses from Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center

    [January 7, 2014; Kennett Square, PA] – With temperatures dropping to single digits this week, Michelle D. Harris, VMD, DACVIM, lecturer in the Section of Emergency and Critical Care at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, offers the following tips to keep horses healthy and safe during the cold days of winter.
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  • Offlee Wild 3YO Bayern wins debut at Santa Anita

    Bayern, a $320,000 two-year-old sold last May at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic in Timonium, won a Maiden Special Weight for three-year-olds by 3 1/4 lengths in his initial start at Santa Anita on January 4.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the colt was piloted by Gary Stevens. Click here for chart of race. Offlee Wild's other recent winners include Tango Cat in a maiden claiming at Delta Downs, I'm Wild and Free in a maiden claiming at Fair Grounds, and Wildlee Funny also at Fair Grounds.
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  • RRTP Honored with Thoroughbred Industry Achievement Award

     At an awards dinner held at Keeneland Racecourse on Saturday, January 4, the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry gave the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) one of its highest honors by awarding it the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Industry Service Award.
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  • January's Names of the Month

    Do a Legger. The phrase is Irish slang for leaving swiftly from a sticky situation. The 4-year-old gelding, a winner at Parx in October for Hibernia Farm and trainer Ned Allard, is by Run Away and Hide out of Long March.
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  • Making the Grade–2014 Graded stakes in the region

    The Charles Town Oaks is one of three stakes elevated to graded status for 2014 by the American Graded Stakes Committee, which announced the changes in early December.
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  • Joint Stallion Show Announced

    Birch Creek Farm in Cream Ridge, New Jersey, and Country Life Farm in Maryland will be joining together to showcase stallions from each farm on Sunday, January 12 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.  The stallion show will be held at Birch Creek Farm.
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  • Snapfinger

    Michelle Sperow Sharp can fill an afternoon talking about Snapfinger. That’s the kind of thing that tends to happen when you’ve owned a horse for 28 years. He’s become such a part of the fabric of her life–of her whole family’s life, really–that memories and anecdotes revolve around him.
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  • Northview announces Paul O'Loughlin as new Director of Bloodstock

    Go to northviewstallions.com and  meet Paul O’Loughlin, the newest member of the Northview team, who takes over as Director of Bloodstock starting this month. 
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  • January 2014 milestones

    Increased: To 25 percent of purse earnings, Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program bonuses for owners and certifiers. The new figures go into effect at Delaware Park’s 2014 racing season . . . To $1.5 million, the purse of the 2014 Preakness Stakes-G1 at Pimlico Race Course. The race will be run Saturday, May 17 as the second leg of the Triple Crown.
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  • Silver Train succumbs to colic in Brazil

    The Mid-Atlantic breeding industry has been dealt a blow after Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 winning stallion Silver Train died suddenly on Sunday, December 29 after a swift attack of colic while shuttling back to the United States from Brazil.
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  • Runnin Robbo

    In his previous life he was known as Runnin Robbo. Bred in Kentucky by Tom Anuario, he is by turf warrior Fly Till Dawn out of the Pappa Steve mare Precious Pam. A quick scan of his lifetime past performances reveals there was very little actual “runnin” going on.
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  • Jan 2014: Put horses first and we all win

    The horses can’t possibly know when we need them, but sometimes it sure seems like it.
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  • Country Life Farm, December 2013

    Snow Days I remember growing up, when a snow storm would sometimes lead to a snow day.  No school (which felt like work before you knew better) and a chance to frolic in the snow with your friends.
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  • DTHA Annual Stallion Auction set to begin

    Stanton, Del - The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) is holding their 2nd Annual stallion auction January 5 – 12, 2014. The format for the auction this year will be online. We are pleased to be working with thoroughlybred.com, which operates much like eBay.
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  • Sagamore, December 2013

    Personality The year's end is approaching and it's bringing with it an array of changes. Weanlings are approaching their first official birthdays and they are growing like teenagers. Coats are getting thicker, shoulders are broadening, tails are lengthening and personality traits are more noticeable than ever.
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  • Fasig-Tipton December Mixed Sale 2013

    Associate Editor Cindy Deubler has hand picked a few interesting Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December sales offerings. Check out her footnotes on these hips:
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    Lexington, Ky. – December 3, 2013 - The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that it has accredited 20 additional Thoroughbred aftercare facilities. These facilities join the TAA’s first three accredited facilities, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, New Vocations, and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, for a total of 23 TAA accredited facilities. These organizations are now eligible to receive financial grants from the TAA for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.
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  • 2014 Stallion Directory

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred's December 2013 digital edition, which includes the 2014 Stallion Directory, is now available. Click on the image at the top left if you are a subscriber or would like to subscribe, or join the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Club, by clicking on the tab at the top of our home page. Access to our digital editions is part of your Club member benefits.
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    MOHRSVILLE, PA (November 24, 2013) - Top freshman sire Talent Search and multiple graded stakes winner and Gr. 1-placed Doubles Partner will join the 2014 stallion roster at Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, Pa.
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  • Country Life Farm, November 2013

    What's it like to be part of a Thoroughbred farm? To go to work, live, breathe, feel the changes of the seasons amidst racehorses past, present and future. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred takes you there via our first foray into online journals directly from the people on the farms. George Adams, 31, is from Dalton, Mass with a degree from Williams College and a law degree from Boston College.
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  • Top miler and nationally-ranked young sire Corinthian to Pin Oak Lane Farm

    Millionaire Corinthian (Pulpit – Multiply, by Easy Goer), the best dirt miler in the world in 2007 and among the nation’s leading young sires over the past three seasons, moves from Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., to Dr. William Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane in New Freedom, Pa., for 2014. The 10-year-old son of Pulpit, who first entered stud in 2008, stands his initial Pennsylvania season for $4,000 live foal, with discounts for multiple mares.
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  • Major New Maryland Stallion Operation

    Brooke Bowman, DVM, and Louis Merryman today announce the formation of Heritage Stallions, a new thoroughbred stallion facility, to be operated on property formerly part of the original Windfields Farm. Both Dr. Bowman and Mr. Merryman share a rich history in the Maryland breeding world. Dr. Bowman, for several years an attending veterinarian at several breeding establishments, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, the leading breeders in the State for several recent years. Mr. Merryman, formerly general manager of Northview Stallion Station, is from a family of several generations of leading Maryland breeders, owners and trainers.
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  • Sagamore, November 2013

    What's it like to be part of a Thoroughbred farm? To go to work, live, breathe, feel the changes of the seasons amidst racehorses past, present and future. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred takes you there via our first foray into online journals directly from the people on the farms.
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  • West Virginia goes to the Breeders' Cup

    Associate Editor Cindy Deubler often drops fascinating tidbits in passing conversation as she works on the latest issue of the magazine, and we'd like to share these fun footnotes with our readers.
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  • Farah's Moment

    These days, the surname Napravnik is pretty much synonymous with Thoroughbred racing. But well before her younger sister Rosie was making constant headlines as a top jockey, Jasmine “Jazz” Napravnik was laying the groundwork for a career as a successful breeder, owner and trainer. And it’s thanks to 25-year-old Farah’s Moment that she has become all three.
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  • Any Given Saturday, G1-winning son of Distorted Humor to Pin Oak Lane

    Any Given Saturday, one of the best of an outstanding group of three-year-olds of his year, will move from Darley in Kentucky to stand at Pin Oak Lane in New Freedom, Pennsylvania beginning in 2014. The fee for the nine-year-old son of Distorted Humor has been set at $5,000.
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  • Playing a strong hand

    Maryland goes all in with growing incentives for breeders, owners Late in the day at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale Sept. 30, breeder and consignor David Hayden leaned on the wall behind the seats in the pavilion. His yearling colt by Tiz Wonderful, Hip 325, stepped into the ring.Hayden took a deep breath, glanced around for potential bidders and hoped for the best. Then his phone buzzed. On the other end was Maryland Racing Commission Chairman Bruce Quade.
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  • The 28th Maryland Million

    Read Joe Clancy's view of the event held last Saturday, Oct. 19, here. For a complete recap of Maryland's second biggest day of racing, click here.
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  • Nov 2013: Stand up, be counted, in sales market

    In 2009, Fasig-Tipton’s New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga grossed $4.3 million on 107 horses sold. Four years later, thanks mainly to slots-infused purses in the state, the gross reached $14.2 million with 196 horses.
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  • Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries

    Check out the regional connections in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries.
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  • New OwnerView Host service

     The website OwnerView (www.ownerview.com) was developed to encourage Thoroughbred ownership. Recently OwnerView announced a new service called the OwnerView Host that offers personal guidance and direction to new and prospective owners about the fundamental aspects of Thoroughbred ownership. 
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  • Multiple stakes winner Wide Country dies at age 25

    Chris Sobocinski at Delaware Park reported today that multiple stakes winner Wide Country passed away on Monday, October 9 at the farm where she enjoyed her retirement years in Middletown, Delaware. She was 25.
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  • Inaugural Retired Racehorse National Symposium Grand Success

    Read about the success of the inaugural Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium here.
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  • Looking Back October 1988

    25 years ago• A profile on Richard Golden, relatively new to Maryland but an integral part of newly created Northview Stallion Station, offered insight on the New York-based businessman’s Thoroughbred interests.
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  • Looking Back October 1963

    50 years ago• Records fell at the third annual Eastern Fall Yearling sale at Timonium, when 100 yearlings sold for an average of $3,024, a solid increase over the previous year’s $2,400 and nearly double the first year’s sale average of $1,626. 
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  • Looking Back October 2003

    10 years ago• It took a bit longer than anticipated, but King T. Leatherbury got his 6,000th career win when Cherokee Sunrise captured the seventh race at Timonium Aug. 23. Only two other trainers–Dale Baird (8,831) and Jack Van Berg (6,334)–had more wins.
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  • Foufa

    In more than 40 years at Glade Valley Farms in Frederick, Md., Mike Figgins has seen more horses than he can remember, and even more than he would ever care to count. But for the past 24 years, Figgins has watched the offspring of Foufa, now 30, leave an indelible mark on everyone associated with Glade Valley, for many years one of the premier breeding farms in the region.
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  • MHBA president Josh Pons discusses Maryland-Bred Awards Program

    Maryland Horse Breeders Association President Josh Pons discusses the Maryland-Bred Awards Program, which is designed to revive Maryland Horse racing and breeding by keeping up with the financial incentives in neighboring states. See the video here.
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  • Richard's Kid retires

    Richard's Kid, the 2009 and 2010 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and fifth-richest state-bred runner in history, has been retired. Read more.
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  • Joe Clancy's October 2013 Editorial

    Maryland Million still brings state's racing community together Waterford Crystal, Northern Dancer, Deputy Minister, Jim McKay. . . they all played a role back in October 1986. In various capacities, they–and dozens of other horses, humans and businesses–were part of the first Maryland Million Day.Nobody was sure it would work. How could they be? No state had gambled so publicly on its Thoroughbred industry. Led by McKay, who’d seen it succeed at the Breeders’ Cup on a national level, Maryland did. And, man, did it work. Horses were nominated. Sponsors were secured. Owners and trainers were motivated.
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  • Looking Back September 1963

    • Snowden Carter visited with Ella K. Bryson, widow of G. Ray Bryson, who was once described as “probably the greatest horse trader ever to settle in Maryland.”Mrs. Bryson was still breeding horses at her Elray Farm, but on a far smaller scale than when her husband was alive, when there were as many as 400 horses. “He had four farms right in this area,” said farm manager Charlie Timanus. “And he had them loaded with horses. Then he had horses in Kentucky and Virginia. Besides the horses on the farm, he had three trainers going with three separate stables.”
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  • Looking Back September 1988

    • “It was as if a bomb had dropped,” said longtime general manager Joe Hickey at the announcement that Windfields Farm would cease Maryland operations effective Aug. 31. Some changes had been anticipated in the aftermath of Northern Dancer’s retirement the previous year, but news of the farm’s imminent closing caught everyone, including the farm’s 60 full-time employees, completely off-guard.
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  • Looking Back September 2003

    • The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap was the next stop for fan favorite Funny Cide, who attracted a record crowd of 53,638 to Monmouth Park. But trainer Bobby Frankel once again spoiled the party, sending out a sharp and fresh Peace Rules to a hand-ridden 13?4-length victory over Sky Mesa, with Funny Cide another 9 lengths back in third.
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  • Bovari

    Sally Barnes needed a hand. Attending a Steeplechase 101 clinic in Maryland in 2011, she and husband Casey were given an overgirth to use on her horse. At a loss for how to use it, they asked trainer Joe Davies for a quick how-to. Davies happily obliged, and while saddling the gelding he noticed the brass nameplate on the horse’s halter:  BOVARINijinsky II–L’Attrayante (FR).“Is that who this is?” he asked the couple. Yes, he was told. “No way–this used to be my horse.”
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  • Press Release - Expanded Breeder/Owner Program to Begin in Maryland

    9/11/13 - Kicking off with the Laurel Park Fall 2013 race meeting (Sept. 19-Dec. 31) a new Maryland-bred program will begin. It is designed to enhance the breeding and ownership of Maryland-bred horses. Modeled on successful regional incentive programs, it expands the opportunities for Maryland-bred horses.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover Spotlight: Jessica Bortner-Harris

    The 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.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover Spotlight: David Loman

    Makeover Trainer: David Loman of Edgewater, Maryland David Loman is a well-established member of the Hunter/Jumper circuits, having shown all along the East Coast from Vermont to Ocala for many years.
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  • Brookdale Memories

    David Dunham Withers was attracted to the fertile river-fed farmland of Lincroft, N.J., and created Brookdale Farm in the 1870s. Philanthropist Geraldine Thompson saw her home as one that should be shared with others, and in the late 1960s bequeathed a substantial portion of what was once one of the greatest farms in North America to Monmouth County to be used as a park. Read Cindy Deubler's tremendous historical piece on this New Jersey farm that was a racing power for generations here.
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  • Name Your Rider to "Cowboy Up" at Pimlico

    Imagine: A Thoroughbred trainer has five horses competing in an important event at Pimlico on the same Saturday.  He needs to find four more excellent jockeys to ensure the horses get the best ride possible in the competition. Fairly normal situation, right?  Except these Thoroughbreds chase cows for a living, not the finish wire. 
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  • Brookdale Memories: Photo Gallery

    Check out our exclusive photo gallery of historic Brookdale Farm in New Jersey.
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  • Joe Clancy's September 2013 Editorial

    Don’t close Bowie. Well… don’t close the idea of Bowie. Dance to Bristol provided the best advertisement for the place with a hard-charging victory in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga in late July.
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  • El Padrino to join Northview PA Stallion Roster for 2014

    Superbly-bred graded stakes winner El Padrino (09, Pulpit x Enchanted Rock, by Giant’s Causeway) will enter stud in 2014 under the Northview Stallion Station banner, standing his first season at Northview PA in Peach Bottom.
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  • Sir Shackleton returns to Dana Point Farm

    Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa. announced recently that multiple graded stakes winning stallion Sir Shackleton  will return to the farm to stand for the 2014 breeding season.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover Spotlight: Amber Longreen

    The 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.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover Spotlight: Patricia Hechter-Bosley

    The 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.
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  • Italian Wedding gives Sheppard reason to celebrate

    By Jenny Kellner/NYRA.  August 22, 2013. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - For Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, winning the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap never gets old.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover Spotlight: Billie Rae Croll

    The 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.
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  • Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cattle, and Thoroughbreds to Cut Loose at Pimlico

    When the Retired Racehorse Training Project announced that 26 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses would appear at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland to demonstrate their talent for second careers, nobody envisioned a western invasion of Maryland hunt country. 
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  • Country Life Farm to stand graded winner Freedom Child

    Malibu Moon’s 3-year-old son Freedom Child, one of five graded stakes winners this year for the second-leading sire in the nation, has been retired to stand at Country Life Farm for the 2014 breeding season. Read more.
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  • Maryland Thoroughbred breeder E. Allen Murray dies

    Allen Murray, a Maryland horse breeder best known for bringing the stallion Our Emblem to Maryland and then selling him for $10 million in 2002, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at his farm, family members said. He was 80. Read more.  
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  • Jumping to the Hall

    Maryland-bred champion Tuscalee, millionaire McDynamo join racing’s elite By Joe ClancyMarilyn Ketts figured it would never happen. Michael Moran thought he’d be too old to have to worry about a speech.
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  • Thoroughbred Makeover: Victory Money

    Steuart Pittman's 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 and 26 trainers, with a mission to teach and showcase in a variety of disciplines from polo to eventing to steer roping. We will be highlighting the Makeover's Mid-Atlantic connections (both human and equine) in the weeks leading up to October 5 and 6. Thoroughbred in Training: Victory Money
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  • Looking Back August 1963

    50 years ago• Things were happening in Cecil County, Md.“While heretofore the fastest-moving commodity in the county seat of Elkton was marriage licenses, the time is rapidly approaching when the Thoroughbred horse could become Cecil’s leading product,” wrote Joe Hickey.
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  • Looking Back August 1988

    25 years ago• James P. Ryan, one of Maryland’s most successful owner/breeders, had consigned his entire broodmare band, consisting of 51 in-foal and barren mares, along with 26 weanlings, to Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock sale. Ryan cited “tax considerations and personal reasons” for his decision. He planned to retain his horses in training, including major winners Homebuilder and Cefis.
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  • Looking Back August 2003

    10 years ago• At the midway point of the season, Pennsylvania-bred, European-based Russian Rhythm topped the World Thoroughbred Rankings, created to help determine the final fields for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.The 3-year-old filly, bred by Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable, won both her starts that season, the classic One Thousand Guineas Stakes-G1 at Newmarket and the Coronation Stakes-G1 at Royal Ascot. The Kingmambo filly was owned by Cheveley Park Stud and trained by Sir Michael Stoute.
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    For Immediate Release: Monday, July 29, 2013. Stanton, Del. – The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA), founding sponsor of the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program (DCTP), announces that an increase in bonuses will take effect immediately. The DCTP advisory board, led by Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee met on July 10, 2013 and unanimously voted to increase the bonuses to owners and certifiers to 20% each respectively. The increase will also be paid retroactively from the beginning of the meet on May 18, 2013.
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  • Karin's Clyde

    Karin De Francis couldn’t stop repeating herself. Couldn’t stop the hugs, the squeezes, the carrots, the kisses on the dark bay’s nose. And she wasn’t ashamed of the fact that she couldn’t help it. “I love you Clyde. . . I love you!”
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  • Joe Clancy's August 2013 Editorial

    Connections make region strong in national climate Dig deeply enough and you’ll find them. Mid-Atlantic connections to major horses around the country show up with regularity, and that fact shows great strength and depth for the region.
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    OCEANPORT, N.J. – Stephen Edelson of the Asbury Park Press is the 2013 winner of Monmouth Park’s Handleman Memorial Award, which honors outstanding media coverage of the $1 million Haskell Invitational.
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  • Sergeant Reckless Statue to be Dedicated at the Museum of the Marine Corps

    Remember our award-winning War Horse story in the spring of 2012? The  statue of the heroine of our story, Sgt. Reckless, will be dedicated at a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia on Friday, July 26 at 1 p.m.
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  • ‘Princess’ Reigns in TVG Coaching Club American Oaks

    Saturday, July 20, 2013, SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Princess of Sylmar put an exclamation point on her Kentucky Oaks score with an authoritative six-length win in the 97th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
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  • Princess of Sylmar Returns in TVG CCA Oaks

     ELMONT, N.Y. – Pennsylvania-bred Princess of Sylmar will make her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks when she competes in the Grade 1, $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
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    BALTIMORE, 07-13-13---Houston was crowned the overall champion of the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show for the second consecutive year today at Pimlico Race Course, edging out Testimonially for top honors. The duo also went 1-2 in the inaugural show last July. 
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  • Sewickley gone

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred just recieved the sad news that Sewickley was euthanized yesterday due to complications from colic. The Robert S. Evan's homebred was 29. Read our December 2008 Pensioner on Parade column on this grand old campaigner here.
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     BALTIMORE, 07-10-13---The Maryland Jockey Club will host the second annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show on the Pimlico Race Course infield on Saturday, July 13. The event starts at 9 a.m. Admission is free.
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    Grade I winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister was crowned as the 2012 M. Tyson Gilpin Virginia-bred Horse of the Year and the 2012 Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Colt, as part of the annual state-bred championship awards presented Saturday night at Colonial Downs.
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  • Operation Reckless scheduled for July 26

    Sgt. Reckless Memorial Dedication The unveiling of the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Statue will be held Friday, July 26, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. as part of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice at Quantico, Va.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred announces launch of online Stallion database

    After months of hardwork by the staff at Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Stallion Roster found in our annual Stallion Directory is now available ONLINE. Look on our home page on the left hand side and you will find it just below our twitter feed, or you may click here. In addition, we have added the ability for stallion owners to submit new stallions to keep breeders in the region aware of their new aquisitions. If you are not a Mid-Atlantic Club member, you must first join The Club. Then members can add their new stallions. Once a stallion is entered online, he will automatically be included in our Annual Stallion Directory stallion roster published in December. Club members may also submit entries for our online Farm Directory or Service Directory, for a one time $35 fee.
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  • Looking Back July 1963

    50 years ago• Native Dancer’s stud fee was going up to $10,000 (a $2,500 hike) for the next breeding season. The reason was primarily due to his undefeated son Raise a Native, recent winner of the Juvenile Stakes and expected to be a major player for the next year’s Triple Crown races.
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  • Looking Back July 1988

    25 years ago• The controversial running of the 113th Preakness Stakes drew commentary from retired Maryland Horse editor Snowden Carter. The classic was won by Secretariat’s son Risen Star at the expense of Kentucky Derby-winning filly Winning Colors, who was pressed early in the race by the Woody Stephens-trained Forty Niner.
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  • Looking Back July 2003

    10 years ago• Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide blasted down the Pimlico stretch to win the Preakness Stakes-G1 by 9 3/4 lengths (the second largest margin in the classic’s history) and headed to Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line. The New York-bred gelding, trained by former steeplechase jockey and Maryland trainer Barclay Tagg, had surprised in the Kentucky Derby-G1, getting the win over favorite Empire Maker.
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  • Maryland-bred champion Jazzy Idea retired

    Jazzy Idea was always quick, maybe too quick this time. The 4-year-old filly, a winner of eight races and $449,00, a track-record holder, a Maryland-bred champion, has been retired. Read more.
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  • London Lane takes Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup

    Searching for his first career stakes win and making only his second start of 2013, Howard Bender’s London Lane was totally dismissed in the $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup-G2 on Saturday evening, June 22, going off at odds of 50-1 in a field of eight. But the Larry Murray-trained 6-year-old gelding found the distance and the Colonial turf to his liking to post one of the greatest upsets in the track’s history. Read more.
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  • Hansel

    In the German fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” published by the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century, the story comes to a happy ending when Hansel and his sister return safely to their father at their childhood home. At Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, Va., in February 2006, a similar scene played out when Hansel’s equine namesake journeyed back from Japan.
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  • Derby winner harkens back to faith in racing

    Joe Clancy's July 2013 Editorial The party at heaven’s Reading Room must have been something. Stuart Janney Jr. and his wife Barbara were there. Her mother, Gladys, led the toasts. Ogden Phipps held court at a corner table, proud of his nephew and son. Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Frank Whiteley and Charlie Hadry sat on the porch and told stories. They talked about Bold Ruler, Bold Irish, Shenanigans, Ruffian, Easy Goer, Private Terms, maybe even good old Winton.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred shines at the American Horse Publications Annual Awards

    As we have for many years, the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred brought home its fair share of awards from Saturday night's AHP Annual Awards dinner.
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  • “Huge step” on medication rules moves forward, but challenges remain

    Read June 13 article by Terry Conway posted on TheRacingBiz.com
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  • Animal Kingdom runs at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

    Allice's WonderlandAlice Clapham, assistant to Graham Motion, has been breathing rarefied air these past few months.  As Animal Kingdom's fellow traveler, she's gone from Meydan in Dubai to Royal Ascot in England.  Joe Clancy chatted with her in anticipation of the Dubai World Cup winner's bid in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes. Read on ThisIsHorseRacing.com.
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  • Ostrich & Camel Races Highlight Father's Day Weekend Festivities at Colonial Downs

    (NEW KENT, VA---6/13/13) ---- Ostrich and camel racing will return to Colonial Downs on Sunday June 16th as part of a special Father's Day race program beginning at 12:55 PM.
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  • Bryan’s Jewel may wheel right back in Obeah Stakes

    June 13, 2013. After posting an impressive victory in the $75,000 John Rooney Stakes one week ago, Barry and Joni Butzow’s Bryan’s Jewel could wheel right back in the $100,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday.  The mile-and-an-eighth affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of six.  The Obeah Stakes, named after the 1969 and 1970 winner of the Delaware Handicap and the dam of the Hall of Fame filly Go For Wand, is the local prep race for the Grade I Delaware Handicap slated for July 20.
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  • Ile St. Molly aims to exceed more expectations in Delaware Park's Go For Wand Stakes

    June 13, 2013. James Glover’s Ile St. Molly will try to keep exceeding expectations when she meets eight rivals in the $75,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday.  A victory in the mile-and-a-sixteenth test for 3-year-old fillies could propel the home-bred daughter of Ile St. Louis into an opportunity of a lifetime.  The race, named after the Hall of Fame filly locally-owned by Christiana Stables, is a prep race for the mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks to be run on July 13.
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  • Task force moves to strengthen state’s breeding industry

    In May, the Maryland Racing Commission approved recommendations from its Breeding Industry Task Force addressing bonuses for breeders, owners and stallions–all aimed at bolstering the state’s Thoroughbred breeding industry. Read the entire article here.
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  • Welcome to Fair Hill, Derby Winner

    If you’re a clover plant in northeastern Maryland, be afraid. Be very afraid. Kentucky Derby winner Orb checked into the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center Sunday afternoon and, if Wednesday was any indication, he’s not in town for the views. Read Joe Clancy's article on ThisIsHorseRacing.com
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WARRENTON, VA - The VTA announced today that Easter Associates, Inc. has been retained to manage the Virginia Thoroughbred Association with Debbie Easter serving as the new Executive Director.
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  • Looking Back June 2003

    • McDynamo leaped into the championship picture of 2003 with a 7 1/2-length triumph in the richest steeplechase stakes of the spring season, Keeneland’s $159,625 Royal Chase-NSA1. Owned by Michael Moran and trained by Sanna Hendriks, McDynamo was facing open stakes company for the first time, and defeated Grade 1 winners Al Skywalker, Praise the Prince (NZ), All Gong (GB), Quel Senor (Fr) and Anofferucantrefuse.
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  • Looking Back June 1988

    • Brothers William “Billy” Meister and C.J. “Jay” Meister battled to the finish in the Maryland Hunt Cup, with Freeman’s Hill (Billy up) defeating Tom Bob (Ire) by a neck. “I’m really glad for Billy,” said Jay after the race, “but I could smell victory. I wanted that trophy so bad, and I thought I just might have it at the top of the stretch.” Freeman’s Hill was bred, owned and trained by Jill Fanning, who won the race three times as a trainer with her mother’s Cancottage earlier in the decade.
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  • Looking Back June 1963

    •Rex Ellsworth’s “gaunt, bony and splotched with white” Candy Spots pulled away to handily win the Preakness Stakes over Kentucky Derby winner Chateaugay, with Never Bend third. Trained by Mesh Tenney, the chestnut colt went off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of eight.
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  • Maryland Racing Commission's innovative new program to promote the state's breeding industry

    "The Maryland Racing Commission today voted by a 5-2 margin to implement a program to boost the state’s beleaguered breeding industry, a step several stakeholders described as crucial to the future of that industry." To read Frank Vespe's report on yesterday's Maryland Racing Commission meeting, click here.
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  • Wonders Delight

    Susie Chatfield-Taylor climbed the black four-board fence with a bag of carrots in her grip. “Come on, girls,” she trilled. “Come onnnnnnnn. . .” A football field away, six mares grazed in deep new grass as a soft spring rain began. Wonders Delight, the only gray among the group, raised her head momentarily, considered the offer, and went back to munching. “They might not be too interested,” Chatfield-Taylor grinned. “They really have everything they need out here.”
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  • Joe Clancy's June 2013 Editorial

    There’s merit to discussing regional circuitI’ve said it to a few people. Some blanche. Some roll their eyes. Others seem to want to think about it at least. Pretty much all wonder if it could ever really happen.
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  • First day of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

    The average and median are up and the regional horses are doing great. Regional highlights include a colt sired by Pin Oak Lane stallion Offlee Wild bringing $320,000 (hip 145). The top filly of the session is a Maryland-bred born at Dark Hollow Farm by Pure Prize; she topped out at $240,000 (hip 167). A Virginia-bred Smoke Glacken colt  fetched $175,000 (hip 39). The hammer fell at $150,000 for Maryland-bred colt by Northview Stallion Station's Fairbanks (hip 70). Second session begins tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Go to FasigTipton.com for complete results.
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  • June 2013 digital editions

    Our June issue is now available online. Please click on the image to the left, or if you are a club member, go to the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Club to view your latest edition.
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  • Preakness Grand Giveaway

    The Racing Biz, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine are excited to introduce the Preakness Grand Giveaway! Win a $1,000 wager for Preakness Day? Click here for more info.
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  • 125 Years of Mid-Atlantic-bred Classics winners

    For more than a century, Mid-Atlantic-bred horses have gone on to classic success. Of the 57 wins posted in either the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes since 1876, 13 were won in years ending in either a three or an eight. And three could be the magic number–multiple wins were recorded in 1913, 1983, 1993, and most spectacularly, Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973, 40 years ago this year.What follows is a closer look at the classic winners going back 125 years.
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  • Hudson Bay

    It was a unique concept: wedding guest as wedding gift. But when Arch Kingsley and Wendy Fletcher married in the paddock at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C., in 2000, Hudson Bay was both.
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  • Opportunity knocks during Preakness time

    Joe Clancy's May editorial Preakness time. Hey Marylanders, you going to the races? I hope so. Get dressed up, bring some friends, enjoy the concerts, soak up the sun (hopefully), follow the racing. You’ll be better for it, and so will your sport.
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  • Opportunity of a lifetime

    Stuart S. Janney III needed convincing at one point in his life whether getting involved in Thoroughbred racing was the right thing to do. He got some advice from one of racing’s most successful and respected individuals who just happened to be his uncle, Ogden Phipps, and got involved. To read this insiteful article from This is Horse Racing, click here.
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  • The Royal Family of Sylmar

    You want to know about the Princess? Call the Queen. In the first weeks of the new year, Pennsylvania-bred Princess of Sylmar shook up Aqueduct with runaway scores in the Busanda and Busher Stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she ran her winning streak to four, improved to 4-for-5 lifetime and put herself firmly into any discussions about 3-year-old fillies.
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  • Derby winner Orb's Maryland connections

    Maryland's connections to Kentucky Derby winner Orb run deep.  Not only did his sire Malibu Moon begin his stud career here at Country Life Farm, but co-owner and co-breeder Stuart Janney III is comes from a family of well-respected Maryland horsemen. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred has the backstories (both by long-time Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editor Lucy Acton) in our archives.   Click here to read more about the legacy of Stuart Janney, Jr. from 25 years ago when he had the Derby favorite.   Click here to read how Stuart Janney III made his start in breeding and racing, and the family history that surrounds him in a 1993 Maryland Million story.
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  • Five Races for Pennsylvania-Bred/Sired Horses Added to 2013 Penn National Stakes Schedule

     Grantville, PA (Friday, April 26, 2013) – Five races for Pennsylvania-bred and/or sired horses have been added to the 2013 stakes schedule at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, including two that will complement the inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile.
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  • New Day Dawns in the Old Line State

    Ten-year agreement creates smoother path, more stable environment for Maryland Racing Editor Joe Clancy talks to the main players and explains what it all means to owners, breeders and trainers in our May feature.
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  • Looking Back May 1963

    50 years ago• The favorite and previous year’s winner, Mountain Dew, ran a game race in the Maryland Hunt Cup, but couldn’t hold off blossoming star Jay Trump, who carried Crompton “Tommy” Smith to victory by 4 lengths. Racing over “ground as hard as concrete,” Mrs. Mary C. Stephenson’s 6-year-old Jay Trump, trained by H. Robertson Fenwick, shattered the course record, jumping ?22 fences and covering 4 miles in 8:42 1/5.
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  • Md-bred star Bold Affair retires

    Maryland-bred Bold Affair, repeat winner last month of the Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico, has been retired, according to her owner Charles Reed. Reed owns and co-bred the Two Punch mare in partnership with Mike Zanella.
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  • Looking Back May 1988

    25 years ago • The only two foals bred by Bob Quinichett from his small broodmare band in 1985 finished first and second in the Moccasin Stakes at Pimlico in March 1988. He still owned the winner, Willa On the Move, and had sold second-place finisher Empress Tigere as a 2-year-old in training. That filly raced for Eugene Ford.
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  • Looking Back May 2003

    10 years ago• Coming in off his fifth leading trainer title in Maryland in six years (and sixth overall) and ranked in the top six nationally by wins in 2001 and 2002, Dale Capuano was featured on the cover of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, with a story by Bill Heller that explained Capuano’s work ethic, family dynamics and success.
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  • Maryland Horse Breeders Association launches new site

    A new face for the Maryland Horse Breeders Association was launched today. Reorganized to be very user friendly and lots of upgrades. Go to MarylandThoroughbred.com.
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  • Maryland Million Day set for October 19

    4/23/13. TIMONIUM, MD - Mark your calendars! The 28th renewal of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is set for Saturday, October 19, 2013, with purses and awards of more than $1 million for Maryland-sired horses. The Maryland Thoroughbred industry looks forward to this day each year as "Maryland's Day At the Races".  
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  • May 2013 digital edition now available

    Our latest edition may now be viewed by clicking on the image to the left. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Club members should log in to to the Club to view their digital edition. Enjoy!
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  • Retired racehorse's paintings sell for $500 a pop

    Read about Metro Meteor's success in new career in retirement here.
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  • Delaware Park announces 2013 stakes schedule, live racing schedule change with DTHA agreement

    Wilmington, Del., April 10, 2013 —Delaware Park is gearing up for the start of an action-packed 2013 live racing season with the announcement of its 15-race $2.35 million stakes schedule highlighted by the $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap.
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  • What does * mean?

    Few Thoroughbreds (if any) are totally American made. And that’s reflected in most five-generation pedigrees, which can be accessed for free from several national databases, including equineline.com and Bloodstock Research Information Services. How can you find foreign horses in a pedigree? Look for the symbols and notations on the page.
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  • Six questions for Mario Pino

    Maryland’s own Mario Pino won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in February. Voted by his peers, Pino bested Javier Castellano, Perry Compton, David Flores and Rodney Prescott. Named after jockey George “The Iceman” Woolf and established by Santa Anita in 1950, the award “honors riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.” Maryland’s all-time leading rider, Pino became racing’s 10th winningest jockey in September. He’s closing in on 6,500 career victories.Pino took a break and moved to Florida for the winter but planned to return to a full-time schedule at Presque Isle Downs in the spring. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s Sean Clancy caught up with the 51-year-old jockey in February.
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  • Names of the Month - April 2013

    Nastar Medallist: The 4-year-old Maryland-bred filly, a winner at Laurel in February, is by Medallist out of Experts Only. For the non-skiers out there, Nastar is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world.
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  • Say it again April 2013

    “This means we’re going to have to watch naturally.”Railbird at Laurel Park when the infield TV screen briefly went on the fritz Feb. 18
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  • Announcing the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame

    April 2, 2013. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA) today announced the 12-horse inaugural class and operational details of their newly established joint venture, the Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame (MTHOF).
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  • Looking Back April 1963

    50 years ago• Gallorette topped the list of the five best Maryland-bred runners of all time in the poll of eastern sportswriters, being named on every ballot and edging out Challedon.
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  • Looking Back April 1988

    25 years ago • Stuart S. Janney Jr., one of Maryland’s most prominent horsemen, had two undefeated homebred colts, Private Terms and Finder’s Choice, with Triple Crown aspirations.
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  • Looking Back April 2003

    10 years ago• Neither snow nor fog could keep mighty dynamo Xtra Heat from the record books. The 5-year-old notched her 25th career stakes win, surpassing Susan’s Girl for the most of any race mare in history, in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap-G2 at Laurel Park.
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  • Two Cheers

    Cain had Abel. Richard the Lionheart had King John. Groucho had Harpo. And on a small farm near Coatesville, Pa., Cheerfy has Cheer Cheer.
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  • Joe Clancy's April 2013 Editorial

    Region fosters big change in drug rules T-crossing and i-dotting are all that remain on the biggest development in Mid-Atlantic racing history. It’s been years in the making and some said it would never happen.Exchange wagering? Huge new bonus scheme for regional-breds? Malibu Moon moving back to Maryland? Racetrack/casino in downtown Baltimore? Breeders’ Cup at Delaware Park? Todd Pletcher shifting his stable to Charles Town?Sorry, no. While those would be fun, this is actually bigger even if I’m being a bit over the top.
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    Penny Chenery and Ron Turcotte Scheduled to Attend to Kick Off 40th Anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown. Click here to read more.
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  • Jump Jocks get new concussion test

    To read Joe Clancy's report on the NSA's new imPACT test, click here.
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  • OBS topper another piece of Evans legacy

    Read Tom Law's This is Horse Racing article about the continuing legacy of Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm. Click here.
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  • Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States Commit to Uniform Medication and Drug Testing Program

    MARCH 12, 2013- In a bold move towards the uniform regulation of medication and drug testing in North American racing, the regulators of eight states in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast have committed to implement a uniform medication and drug testing program.  The agreement, spearheaded by the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), represents the most dramatic change in medication regulation and testing in the last 50 years and could pave the way for national uniformity.
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  • Penn National Simulcast Feed to Feature Horses for Adoption Ads

     Grantville, PA (Tuesday, March 12, 2013) – Starting this week, the simulcast television feed for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race will run informational slates that feature retired racehorses available for adoption.
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  • Jumping Around

    Editor Joe Clancy previews the steeplechase season as it swings into motion with classy trio at top of stakes division.
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  • Elberton

    Amy Hopkins Daney loves the opportunity to talk about Elberton. His story, after all, is her story. It’s about the blood, the land, the history and the old-school work ethic that produced not only Elberton’s family, but her own.
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  • Five Questions with Mickey Preger

    Eblouissante, half-sister to champion Zenyatta, won her first two starts in California for owner/breeder Eric Kronfeld and trainer John Shirreffs. Mickey Preger Jr. broke the 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini in Camden, S.C.–giving the Kentucky-bred a Mid-Atlantic connection. Preger also handled Eblouissante’s dam Vertigineux before her racing career. Preger, son of retired New York trainer Mickey Preger, preps 26 horses from Camden Training Center. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred caught up with Preger about what it was like to hold gold in his hands.
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  • Names of the Month- March 2013

    Modern Cowboy. The 6-year-old, who saw action for Kieron Magee at Laurel in January, is by Tiznow out of Western Woman. Risky River. The 3-year-old Bonita Farm homebred is by Gators N Bears out of Cross Over Please. He ran at Parx in January. Out of Print. The 6-year-old gelding, active at Penn National in January, is out of Lettertotheeditor. Two for One. The 5-year-old mare, who ran at Penn National in January with trainer Heather Hollahan, is by Value Plus out of Bud Draft Please.
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  • SAY IT AGAIN - March 2013

    “Was that Freudian?”Northview Stallion Station’s Carl McEntee, at the farm’s Pennsylvania stallion show, after saying Medallist was having “tremendous sex.” McEntee meant “tremendous success” and corrected himself immediately, but not before getting a few laughs.
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  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town continues support of CANTER Mid-Altantic

    Rockville, MD (February 27, 2013) - After starting a successful partnership in 2009, CANTER Mid-Atlantic continues to receive grant funding from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races enabling its ongoing program and mission to rehabilitate and find homes for former race horses. These additional funds and renewed commitment by Charles Town will enable CANTER Mid-Atlantic to grow from a free race horse sales listing service and race horse rehab provider to an emergency care provider for at-risk race horses it would otherwise have been forced to turn away.
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  • Joe Clancy's March 2013 Editorial

    End of an Era, start of another I wrote the sad column a month ago online, this one must be happy. Cheerful. Positive. Got it?Steeplechase Times began–mostly on a dare, half on a whim. The newspaper was a part-time endeavor, complementing my career as a sports writer (high schools, semi-pro baseball, all the glamorous assignments) and my brother Sean’s career as a jump jockey and exercise rider (more glamour). The first edition, published in March 1994, was 20 pages and included an advertisement from Gene Weymouth among others. Nineteen years and 220-some newspapers later, Steeplechase Times–as a loyal corps of fans came to know it–is no more.
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  • Looking Back March 1963

    50 years ago • Laurel Race Track president John Schapiro spearheaded a plan to poll 58 sportswriters to determine the five best Maryland-bred runners of all time. “Too frequently we overlook the great horses produced in this state,” said Schapiro. “It is time for us to evaluate what has been accomplished in Maryland.
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  • Looking Back March 1988

    25 years ago • Eddie and Linda Gaudet sent out their “Cinderella horse,” homebred Trap Line, to win the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship and garner a state-bred championship. Trap Line was the first homebred to carry the colors of Schelford North Farm, the couple’s breeding and training operation owned in partnership with builder and developer Charles Hardesty. The gelding was by the unheralded stallion Trip Trap out of one of Eddie Gaudet’s retired claiming mares, Camaria (by Somerset).
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  • Looking Back March 2003

    10 years ago•The leading earner to represent the region in 2002 was With Anticipation, a winner of three consecutive Grade 1 races and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1. Second in Eclipse Award balloting for the nation’s top turf horse, George Strawbridge’s homebred amassed $1,507,700 during his 7-year-old campaign and moved into third on the list of all-time Pennsylvania-bred earners, behind Japanese-based Nobo Jack and Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Alphabet Soup.
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  • DTHA Inaugural Stallion Auction Begins Today

    February 25, 26 & 27 Inaugural Stallion Auction Benefiting DTHA's Winners' Circle PAC Visit www.dtha.com or call 302-944-2521 x 7284
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    2: Consecutive years Charles Town has set a record for average daily handle, taking in $1,001,938 per card in 2012 (all sources).
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  • Mid-Atlantic Sire Notes

    DOUBLE WHAMMY: E DUBAI, who stands at Northview PA, is the sire of FORT LARNED, the richest runner in North America in 2012 (with $3,598,455), and Winning Dubai, who tied as North America’s winningest runner, with 10 victories from 20 starts (all in Puerto Rico).
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  • Don't tell Ray Lewis

    At Charles Town in Demeber, Maryland-bred Punch Like a Girl defeated Maryland-bred Play Like a Raven by a head.
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  • NEWSMAKER: Trevor McCarthy follows dad to track

    Trevor McCarthy didn’t search for a description, didn’t hesitate for an explanation. “Awesome,” McCarthy said. For a young man, there is no better word. Most 18-year-olds, fresh out of high school, use the word to describe a party, a girl, a car, a game, a Tweet. For young jockey McCarthy, the word described his career moment, a four-win extravaganza at Laurel Park on New Year’s Day.
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  • Maryland-bred champions of 2012

    TIMONIUM, MD - For the second year in a row, King T. Leatherbury's homebred gelding Ben's Cat was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. In a year when a number of outstanding Maryland-bred runners divided the votes, Ben's Cat also took the title as champion turf runner for a third consecutive year, and repeated as champion older male.
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  • Historic honor passes from Lord Avie to Flatterer

    There was no torch-passing, but you could feel it as the oldest living Eclipse Award winner Lord Avie died in late December at 34. The former champion and pensioned sire died in his paddock at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va. To the north 160 miles, four-time steeplechase champion Flatterer took his place while standing in a paddock at owner/breeder Bill Pape’s My Way Farm in Unionville, Pa. Now 34, Flatterer takes up the honor of being Thoroughbred racing’s most senior champion.
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  • Hunt Crossing's first foal

    Hunt Crossing’s first foal was born at 1:30 a.m., February 7 at O’Sullivan Farms in Charles Town, West Virginia. The filly, bred by O'Sullivan Farms, is out of the winning Johannesburg mare Monavista. Monavista raced in the name of Audley Farm and won 4 of her 6 victories in Virginia.  
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  • Magic Roland

    Stacie Eggleton has been there, done that. In a career now spanning four decades, the Monkton, Md., native has walked hots, traveled the country working for Hall of Fame trainers and breezed Breeders’ Cup champions. Her resume includes the names Zito and Frankel, and she can share first-hand knowledge of morning mounts Theatrical (Ire), Broad Brush and Concern.
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  • Joe Clancy's February 2013 editorial

    Paying respects to one of the greats in gameWhen the calendar clicked over to Jan. 1 and the great steeplechaser Flatterer turned 34, I had to go see him. To say hello, to say thanks, to honor him, to apologize. I took care of all four.Hello was easy. In response, I got a nice rub from his fuzzy dark bay head. In a field in the back corner of a farm in Unionville, Pa., he lives on with a grace, a warmth, an appreciation few Thoroughbreds get to experience.
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  • February 2013 Edition

    Our February issue is in the mail, hot off the press from our new partners, Lane Press, of Burlington, Vermont. We are sure you will agree the issue is lovely and we are anxious to hear from you when it arrives in your mailbox. With the new printer, came a new mailing method which we are hoping means the issue arrives quicker. Let us know! If you don't want to wait, the digital edition is available, through subscription (click on the cover to the left) or by joining the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Club (tab at the top of our website).
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  • Looking Back January 1963

    A poll to determine the annual Maryland-bred champions made its debut, and Joe B. Hickey Jr., with the assistance of Louise Pascal and Snowden Carter, selected Nickel Boy as the first state-bred Horse of the Year. Owned by Elmendorf Farm, the "aging warrior" sealed the title by winning the $25,000-added Jennings Handicap, the richest race ever staged for Maryland-breds, in December. The 7-year-old gelding, "son of a teaser and an unwanted mare," was bred by Melvin Blackburn. By *His Nickel out of Carickmacross, by Chance Play, Nickel Boy earned $53,734 of his lifetime total $345,691 in 1962.
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  • Mad Flatter to Diamond B Farm

    (January 17, 2013)-  Diamond B Farm, LLC, in Mohrsville, Pa., announces the arrival of the stallion Mad Flatter.  The multiple G3 winner, and multiple G3 placed earner of $354,843 won 8 races and placed 6 times.
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  • Looking Back January 1988

    • The Maryland-bred gelding Time to Bid recorded his 49th career victory at Laurel in the fall of his 12-year-old season, and remained in training in 1988 to aim for number 50. The son of Jig Time was special to G. Steven McKonly, who got his first win as owner with the chestnut gelding in November 1986, lost him a few starts later, and recently claimed him back.
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  • Looking Back January 2003

    • The change of ownership of Maryland’s mile tracks became official on Nov. 27, 2002, when the Frank Stronach-led Magna Entertainment Corp. completed its purchase of a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, corporate owner of Laurel Park, Pimlico and Bowie Training Center.Joe De Francis, who was head of the tracks since the death of his father Frank De Francis in 1989, would remain in charge of the day-to-day operations. De Francis and his sister Karin retained a 49-percent interest in the tracks.
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  • Torbay

    Summer 1995. Microsoft released a new version of Windows, nobody knew what a DVD was, the NASDAQ closed above 1,000 for the first time, Jerry Garcia passed away. Cigar’s winning streak stood at nine.And Betsy Barr turned the search for a project into a family treasure.
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  • Charles Town announces new Hall of Fame class

    Eight new names, including legendary jockey Bill Hartack, were added to the Hall of Fame at Charles Town Races in December. The group covers past, present, human and equine and brings the Hall’s total list of honorees to 40.The 2012 class, officially inducted in December, includes:
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  • Everything changes, even the Times

    Joe Clancy reminisces about the recent move to end publication of Steeplechase Times and merge it with Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Read it here.
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  • Say It Again - Jan 2013

    “This is going to pay off. . . All the hard work, all the dedication, all the belief in what you have and what you do is going to pay off.”Dana Point Farm’s Maria Vorhauer, on what she was thinking as Wise Dan won at the Breeders’ Cup
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  • The Stakes are high

    Russell Road, the most accomplished West Virginia-bred to race in his home state, recorded his 18th career stakes win Nov. 17 in the A Huevo Stakes at Charles Town. Mark Russell’s 7-year-old millionaire moved into a tie for fourth on the list of career stakes wins by a regional-bred. The list, based on North American stakes wins on the flat:
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Steeplechase Times announce partnership

    The Thoroughbred publications Steeplechase Times and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred will solidify an ongoing business relationship with a partnership that merges the two print publications under the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred banner. Steeplechase Times, a newspaper founded by Joe and Sean Clancy of ST Publishing, will become part of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the monthly magazine published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association effective with the March edition. The move brings to a close 19 years of print publishing for Steeplechase Times, but opens doors to more resources and expansion.
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  • What's in the bin? History

    Editor Joe Clancy just got a bin load of old Fasig-Tipton catelogs. Read sosme of the tidbits he is finding.
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  • Joe Clancy's Editorial for Jan2013

    Lucky '13 breeds feeling of optimism Nowhere does it say this space must be optimistic, but more often than not it is and probably should be. Complaints and gripes about the racing industry occur as naturally as weeds in a pasture so the editorial space of a regional Thoroughbred magazine ought to be a respite from the storm?–?sometimes anyway.As the calendar turns to 2013, I’m optimistic. Hopeful even. Really.
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  • Who's on first?

    Abbott and Costello they’re not, but Roy Lerman and Charlie McGinnes put on a pretty good reenactment outside the sales pavilion at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s Eastern Fall Yearling Sale in Timonium, Md., on Oct. 1. Lerman spent $90,000 to buy a Ghostzapper colt from McGinnes. Both horsemen were happy, in a grumpy sort of way; and Fasig-Tipton had to turn off the lights at some point, or else the conversation might still be going.
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  • Names of the Month-December 2012

    Amerigo Vespucci. The Germania Farm homebred is by Henrythenavigator and won at Laurel Park?–?on Columbus Day. Just Say Goodbye. Bred by Charlie and Cynthia McGinnes in Maryland, the 4-year-old filly is by Not For Love out of Crying in the Rain. Moral High Ground. The Bonita Farm/Hellfire Stable homebred is by Go for Gin out of Sobriety Test. Bogart. A winner at Keeneland in October for trainer Jonathan Sheppard and owner/breeder Bill Backer, the 2-year-old Virginia-bred colt is out of Hepburn. Half-sister Her Smile won a Grade 1 and has earned $460,803.
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  • More money for Maryland-breds

    TIMONIUM, MD (12/20/12) - Winning with a Maryland-bred just became more lucrative because there will be $50,000 purse premiums on thirteen open stakes at the Laurel Winter meet beginning in January 2013.  Also on the schedule is the restricted $100,000 Conniver Stakes. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), along with the other industry groups, has just signed an unprecedented ten-year agreement that means long-term stability for the breeding industry.  "This agreement allows us to focus our attention on encouraging business, and adding value to Maryland-bred horses. These purse premiums for Maryland-breds are designed to stimulate competition in our state and result in profit for breeders and trainers as well as owners," says Tom Bowman, president of the MHBA. The Maryland Bred Race Fund will see increased revenue over the next several years as new slots sites come on line.  The bonus plan that has been approved for the next six months is as follows: Owner - 17.5%; Loyalty - 12.5%; Breeder - 17.5%; Stallion -- 8.75%. For more details please see the Description of the Maryland Fund For more information go to marylandthoroughbred.com or call 410-252-2100
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  • SAY IT AGAIN-December 2012

    “Always take your wife’s call.”Owner/breeder (and husband) John Price, grabbing his phone at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s Eastern Fall Yearling Sale in Timonium “I don’t think he was bidding–a good imitation though.”Fasig-Tipton auctioneer Tom Biederman, about a would-be yearling buyer
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  • Date change to nominate stallions for Maryland Million

    The deadline for nominating a stallion to the Maryland Million program is now Jan. 31, 2013. Maryland stallions must pay a fee equal to their 2013 stud fee (with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $20,000) to make foals who are conceived in the 2013 breeding season eligible for the program. 
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  • Nicanor retired to stud at Shamrock Farm

    Nicanor, a full brother to Kentucky Derby-G1 winner Barbaro, has been retired and will stand his first season at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine. The 6-year-old son of Dynaformer will stand for $2,500 live foal as the property of his owner/breeders, Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables.
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  • Due

    “It’s like skiing down a mountain backwards on the rocks. Most of the time it’s the agony of defeat. But every once in a blue moon, you get the thrill of victory.” Bob Haynes still remembers his response to reporters minutes after Due’s victory in the 2006 Maryland Million Classic. Truth be told, there’s next to nothing Haynes doesn’t remember about Due’s career–from the day he claimed the gray gelding for $25,000 in October 2004 to the Maryland-bred’s final start in the Jennings Handicap of 2007. 
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  • Looking Back December 1962

    • Born in other states, the horses bred by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Hirsch Jacobs and his associate, Isidor Beiber, came to Stymie Manor Farm in Monkton, Md., as weanlings to be raised, broken and shipped to the track as 2-year-olds. Those who grew up at the 283-acre farm were an impressive lot, and included champion Hail to Reason and Affectionately, one of the top juvenile fillies of 1962.
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  • Looking Back December 1987

    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.
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  • Looking Back December 2002

    • Several Mid-Atlantic runners made the trip to Arlington Park for the Breeders’ Cup. Thunderello finished second in the Sprint for trainer Scott Lake and Augustin Stable homebred With Anticipation took the runner-up spot in the Turf for Jonathan Sheppard. For only the second time in her 32-start career, Maryland-based Xtra Heat finished worse than third, as she came home sixth in the Sprint.
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  • Joe Clancy's December 2012 editorial

    Big picture on big stage at Breeders’ Cup Despite the best efforts of Animal Kingdom, Not Abroad and the rest, no Mid-Atlantic horses won Breeders’ Cup races this year. No Maryland-breds, no Pennsylvania-breds, no Virginia-breds. Ditto for horses trained by regional horsemen. But that doesn’t mean the Mid-Atlantic went quietly into the California weekend.
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  • November's Go Figure

    1,304,800:  Earnings for 3-year-old Bodemeister, tops among horses bred in the region for 2012 (through September). Bred in Virginia by Audley Farm, he won the Arkansas Derby-G1 in April before placing second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Retired with a shoulder injury, he will stand the 2013 season at WinStar Farm in Kentucky. 
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  • November's Milestones

    Hired: by Penn National, Philadelphia native Dan Silver as director of racing operations. Silver, 32, was the director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association. Silver has an undergraduate degree from Haverford College, along with graduate degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. He began the new post, which includes managing the racing and pari-mutuel operations at Penn National Race Course, including its four off-track wagering facilities and account wagering operation, Oct. 22. 
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  • Sheppard’s memory lane

    Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard recorded his 3,000th victory Sept. 17 when Fugitive Angel won an allowance on the turf at Delaware Park for Sheppard’s longtime patron Augustin Stable.  Sheppard became the 28th trainer to achieve the milestone. Elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990, he trained his first winner in 1966 with timber horse Haffaday. Since then, the wins have come consistently in both codes, Sheppard is the only trainer to win more than 1,000 steeplechase races in America. 
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  • Trackpackpa.com: We Believe

    Oath Of Office The good people at Trackpackpa.com adapted it from Bull Durham, but here’s hoping the following catches on:
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  • Northview Announces 2013 Fees

    Northview, which stands 14 stallions at two locations—eight in Maryland at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, and six in Pennsylvania at Northview PA in Peach Bottom—has announced its stud fees for 2013. Northview has lowered the fees on six of its baker’s dozen of established sires. And exciting new prospect Redeemed, who is entering stud in Maryland, is offered for $3,000. Seven of the top 10 stallions in the region stand at Northview, and the leading sire in the nation outside of Kentucky, E Dubai, will have a fee of $7,500 for next season, down from $9,000 in 2012. Also standing for lower fees are Silver Train ($6,000), Deputy Storm ($2,500), Medallist ($2,500), Bullsbay ($3,000) and Fairbanks ($4,500). Longtime leading Maryland sire Not For Love remains at $15,000, and top Pennsylvania sires Jump Start ($10,000) and Smarty Jones ($7,500) also stand for the same as last year.  
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  • A Real War Horse

    Sgt. Reckless inspired many while serving her country as member of Marine Corps. The Oscar-nominated film War Horse brought the majesty of the equine hero to the silver screen in a grand but poignant Steven Spielberg spectacle. And the charismatic mare Havre de Grace reflected some of her Horse of the Year glory on a Maryland city previously best known for mispronunciation of its name. Both War Horse and Havre de Grace’s owner, Fox Hill Farm’s Rick Porter, may help cast a renewed spotlight on another amazing animal. She was a real war horse, a decorated hero of the Korean War who packed ammunition to the front lines and carried wounded soldiers back down. The thing is, she often did it by herself. She became a mascot so revered by the U.S. Marines that they refused to leave her in Korea and rewarded her with military parades and a lifetime green pasture in southern California. 
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  • Northview Stallion Station to Stand Multiple Graded Stakes Winner REDEEMED

    REDEEMED, a wonderfully consistent son of Grade 1-winning millionaire Include, will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for 2013. The 4-year-old, who was retired by owner Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable in September, will stand for $3,000 S&N. He was bred in Virginia by Wayne & Susie Taylor's Morgan Ford Farm.
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  • Looking Back November 1962

    The Maryland-bred 2-year-old filly Abrogate extended her win streak to four with a victory in Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes.  The daughter of Reneged was bred by Harry Love and sold for $7,800 to trainer Bert Williams on behalf of Hugh Grant at Saratoga. 
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  • Looking Back November 1987

    Trainer Bill Boniface set the bar high, sending out the winners of three Maryland Million Day races on the nine race card at Pimlico. Boniface brought in a big gun to help, flying in Laffit Pincay Jr. from California to ride. “I have always admired Pincay,” revealed the trainer. “I knew his style of riding fit with my horses who were closers. Also, I had a sufficient number of horses to justify the cost of the retainer, and the transportation fees.” 
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  • Looking Back November 2002

    Four stallions joined the ranks of sires of Maryland Million Day winners, including Not For Love, whose daughters Shopping for Love and Blinded by Love won the Ladies and Distaff, respectively. The others were Compelling Sound, Deerhound and freshman sire Partner’s Hero.
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  • Tarsky

    Jack Fisher was on a busman’s holiday the first time he saw Tarsky (Fr). Well, sort of. It was actually his honeymoon in France in 1992, when the Monkton, Md.-based trainer (and former jump jockey) seized the opportunity to ride in an amateur race at Auteil for leading French conditioner Jack-Hubert Barbe. 
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  • Joe Clancy's November 2012 editorial

    Magazine's loss spurs thoughts on industry Bankrupt. Thoroughbred Times went bankrupt. In September the venerable racing magazine got out of the publishing business, pulling the plug on employees, advertisers, subscribers, freelance contributors, readers, horses, history. Though there remained a slim chance the business might emerge in a new form, the news registered with anyone in the Thoroughbred industry, but especially those in the Thoroughbred media. My first reaction: Thoroughbred Times couldn’t make it? What chance do the rest of us have? 
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  • Animal Kingdom works at Fair Hill Race Course

    Read editor Joe Clancy's coverage of Animal Kingdom's work yesterday on the Fair Hill turf course here.
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  • Numbers-Oct 2012

    1: Advertisement for Maryland stallion Admiral Alex taped to the Oklahoma training track clocker’s stand at Saratoga in July. 2: Times former Maryland-based jockey Ramon Dominguez won a record-tying six races in a single day at Saratoga. He broke the meet record with 68 total wins. 92: Starters on Opening Day at Laurel Park Sept. 5. 
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  • Names of the Month-Oct 2012

    Forty Days. Bred in Pennsylvania by owner Douglas Gibson, the 3-year-old Lyracist filly is out of Noah’s Ark.  Play Eighteen. Bred in Virginia by Audley Farm and owned by Brooklyn Farm, the 3-year-old son of Henny Hughes is out of Gone Golfing. He won four times this year at Delaware Park through Sept. 5. No Fret. Windhover Farm homebred (New Jersey) is by Smooth Jazz, where a fretless bass guitar comes in handy. The 6-year-old gelding was second at Monmouth Park (at a big price) in late August.
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  • SAY IT AGAIN-Oct 2012

    “They can go right from here to being Brooklyn police horses.” Trainer Bruce Alexander, on how well his horses cope with trains rumbling past his Monmouth Park barn every day  
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  • Pin Oak Lane Farm announces 2013 stud fees

    PIN OAK LANE FARM in New Freedom, PA, has announced stud fees for their 2013 stallion roster. 
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  • Reraise

    If only Reraise could talk.  From humble beginnings, he went through the Keeneland sales ring twice: an RNA as a weanling at $4,700, and then selling as a yearling for a bargain-basement price of $8,000. He took his connections to dizzying heights, inking his then 27-year-old trainer Craig Dollase’s name in the record books as the youngest conditioner of a Breeders’ Cup winner. He earned just shy of $1 million, finishing second only once in his nine-race, eight-win career.
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    Kentucky’s top-ranked third-crop sire of 2012 to Pin Oak LaneThe undefeated multiple Graded Stakes winning-juvenile Rockport Harbor will move from Darley in Kentucky to stand the 2013 breeding season at Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. The fee for the ten-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song has been set at $7,500.
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  • From Show Ring to Race Track: Rodney Jenkins and Michael Matz weigh in

    Rodney Jenkins and Michael Matz once competed in grand prix classes against one another. Now they both have successful careers training race horses in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Chronicle of the Horse's Patti Reed sat down to discuss their history and their present as well as the lessons both famous horsemen have learned along the way. Read the interview.
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  • Maryland Million Day 2012

    By Joe Clancy Maryland Million Day 2012 turned out to be a family affair as brothers Nick and Mike Petro teamed up to win the Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic with Not Abroad and siblings Edwin and Lizzie Merryman won races as trainers. Beyond them, growing Maryland-bred legend Ben’s Cat won the Turf Sprint for the third consecutive year and Bold Affair ran away to a 13 ¼-length laugher in the Distaff. All-time leading Maryland Million stallion Not For Love added two winners – Not Abroad and Lassie winner Classy Coco – to push his total to 27.
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  • Cal Nation Retired to Merryland Farm

    Reflecting the upsurge in Maryland racing and breeding from slots revenue, Kentucky’s WinStar Farm and Maryland’s Country Life Farm (owned by Josh and Mike Pons) have announced a co-ownership agreement to stand WinStar’s homebred colt Cal Nation at the Pons’ Merryland Farm, in Hydes, Md., for the 2013 breeding season at the introductory fee of $3,500 live foal.  
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  • Looking Back—October 1962

    50 years ago • D.M. (Mikey) Smithwick became the leading steeplechase trainer of all time when his runners surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings midway through the season.  “Winning $1 million in purse money with steeplechase horses is at least 50 times harder than winning the same amount with a top-ranking stable of flat-race runners,” noted The Maryland Horse.
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  • Looking Back—October1987

    25 years ago • Changes continued at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Md., when it was announced that three new stallions would stand at the legendary property in 1988. The farm, purchased by Baltimorean Jim Ward earlier in the year, added to the roster millionaire Roo Art, established sire Baederwood and Grade 1 winner Believe the Queen. Already in the stallion barn were Salutely (whose first crop were 3-year-olds) and Exclusive One, a son of Exclusive Native. Roo Art would be the greatest money-winning horse to stand at stud in Maryland. The multiple Grade 1 winner by Buckaroo earned $1,011,723 during his career. Sagamore also announced the retirement of 27-year-old Restless Native from commercial stud duty. The son of Native Dancer had a long and distinguished career, and sired the likes of top distaffers Twixt and Dismasted. His breeder and former Sagamore Farm owner, Alfred Vanderbilt, was considering breeding a few of his own mares to the aging gray stallion the next season.
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  • Looking Back—October 2002

    10 years ago • Tom Reigle was taking a different approach to standing stallions in the region, and it was proving quite successful at his Reigle Heir Farms in Grantville, Pa., as he stood three of the top stallions in the state–Judge T C, Patton and Roanoke. “Reigle specializes in young castoffs from the Bluegrass State?–?horses with solid credentials who have a few crops of Kentucky-bred foals coming to the races, but for one reason or another no longer seem to justify Kentuckians’ faith,” wrote Anne Peters. 
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  • Joe Clancy's October 2012 editorial

    New fans could help tracks fly high Frisbee. During a question-and-answer session with Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred writer Vinnie Perrone (see page 14), entrepreneur, venture capitalist, college professor and racing fan Tom Kuegler said he and his son could have played Frisbee on the track apron at Pimlico without anyone complaining. On a day of live racing.  It’s a great line, one that makes you laugh. Or cry. Depends on how you look at it. Teach a graduate-level course at Loyola in business innovation and you’d smile when you said it. Work in Thoroughbred racing and you might cringe, or at least start polishing up your resume.
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  • October Digital edition launched

    Our October issue is in the mail today, but you can enjoy our digital edition right NOW!
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  • Of the people: Asmussen cheers home Aurelia

    Read editor Joe Clancy's column on Steve Asmussen watching My Miss Aurelia's Cotillion win on Saturday at Pars. Click here.
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  • Animal Kingdom progresses towards return

    Editor Joe Clancy reports on last year's Kentucky Derby winner's status. Click here for his full story.
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  • Iron Horses

    Read Cindy Deubler's informative article on how the Thoroughbred durability debate continues, despite long-lasting examples.
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  • Missing detail from Looking Back 25 years ago

    What tid-bit did September 1987 Looking Back not include about Ross Valley Farm's $2.9 million Maryland-bred colt by Seattle Slew? His dam was also a Maryland-bred! Seattle Angle, renamed Houston, was out of 1979 2YO Champion Filly Smart Angle, bred in  Maryland by Ryehill Farm. 
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  • Mid-Atlantic Report Sept 2012

    Why did the headline under these three lead-liners from Pimlico's Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show read TOTALLY CHICK AT TOTALLY TB? See our September Mid-Atlantic Report for this totally fun fact!
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  • Where's Bob

    Where’s Bob has an air about him. Even before owner Dana Weaver begins to fill in the blanks about her 29-year-old gelding’s history, it’s easy to get a sense that this horse’s story would be a book not easily put down. Still dignified and elegant, it’s easy to conjure a vision of Bob’s human alter ego. He’s the octogenarian in vintage Brooks Brothers sipping 1968 Glendronach out of a Waterford rocks glass while chatting about his relatives’ sailing excursion with those lovely people on the Mayflower.
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  • September 2012 digital edition launched

    The latest issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is now available online. Click to the image at the left if you are a subscriber or wish to subscribe. If you are a Club member, eenter the Club page above and view from there. Enjoy! If you subscribe to our print edition, it's in the mail.
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  • Looking Back September 1962

    The history of Maryland’s Country Life Farm included many thoughts of its founder, Adolphe Pons, supplied by his son John Pons. One of the best known bloodstock advisors in the 1920s and 1930s, the senior Pons died in December 1951. Among those who had sought his advice over the years were August Belmont, Averell Harriman, Samuel Riddle, Mereworth Farm and Joseph Widener. He sold Discovery for Mereworth Farm to Alfred Vanderbilt.
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  • Looking Back September 1987

    The Keeneland July Yearling sale’s second-highest price was a $2.9-million Maryland-bred son of Seattle Slew, sold by Mrs. Eleanor Sparenberg’s Ross Valley Farm. The bay colt, given the name Seattle Angle, was purchased by D. Wayne Lukas, who was said to have described the colt as “the best Seattle Slew I have ever seen.” A renowned yearling sales buyer, Lukas had trained two of Seattle Slew’s champion offspring, Landaluce and Capote.
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  • Looking Back September 2001

     After months of rumors that Magna Entertainment Corp. would purchase Maryland’s two major Thoroughbred tracks, Pimlico and Laurel Park, it appeared a deal was close to reality. In mid-July, the Maryland Jockey Club (corporate owner of Laurel and Pimlico) and Magna jointly unveiled an agreement that would make Magna the majority owner of the two tracks?–?and establish their combined value at $117.5 million.
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  • 2012 Maryland Million Pre-Entry Book now available

    The Pre-Entry Book for Maryland Million 2012 is now available! Click here or on the icon for the online version or contact the Laurel racing office at 800-638-1859 or Maryland Million Ltd at 410-2552-2100 for printed version Maryland Million is set for October 6 at Laurel Park. Pre-Entry deadline is September 27.
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  • Joe Clancy's September 2012 editorial

    In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character Ray Kinsella hears a voice, “If you build it, he will come” and creates a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Pure Hollywood and as hokey as a fairytale, the film nevertheless became a testament to chasing an idea that might otherwise seem irrational or unreasonable. There will be no movie, but Georganne Hale, Stacie Clark-Rogers and the rest of the team behind Pimlico Race Course’s Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show should all take a bow. Just because they thought it might work, they hatched an idea and carved a horse show out of the infield of a racetrack. And boy did they come for the July 14 event. 
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  • MRMA scholarships up for grabs–applications being accepted

    Applications for the Maryland Racing Media Association’s 2012 scholar­ship program are being accepted through Sept. 14.With the support of industry donors and organi­zations, MRMA has dis­tri­buted approximately $30,000 annually to scholar­ship recipients over the past decade. Those interested in applying must either be backstretch employees, work on a Thor­oughbred farm or with an equine vet clinic in Maryland.
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  • September 2012 edition

    Our latest edition is off to the printer and should be in the mail early next week. Look for our digital edition release on August 27. Sneak previews all week!
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  • Union Rags stud plans announced

    "Union Rags joined a group of three other youngsters at Point Lookout under the watchful eyes of [Phyllis] Wyeth and [Juan] Martinez. They treated him like the rest—cool nights in a big field on the other side of the railroad track and along the Brandywine River, warmer days in the airy corner stall that now bears his photograph on the door, plenty of hay baled from the surrounding fields, lots of time to grow and learn and thrive." It was announced yesterday that Gr. 1 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags will enter stud next year at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. Read about Pennsylvania's Point Lookout Farm, where this brilliant racehorse got his start, in our August issue. Subscribe to our digital edition for only $20 or order a print subscription if you prefer. Click here.
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  • Rosie Napravnik wins Adirondack

    On Tuesdays in May and June, off days for New York jockeys, Rosie Napravnik drove to Saratoga – not to look for a house to rent, not to eat at Sperry’s, not to go swimming in the lake, not to see her favorite band at SPAC. Read Joe Clancy's Saratoga Special story on the Mid-Atlantic region's own Rosie Napravnik and the end of her losing streak.
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  • Names of the Month -August2012

    Quarry Tremor: The 4-year-old filly, bred in Maryland by Richard Blue Jr. and now racing for owner/trainer Ronald Rogers, is by Rock Slide out of Underneath It All.Ellis Island: The 4-year-old filly, bred in Florida by Lambholm and Jayeff B Stables and now racing at Penn National for owner/trainer William Bartlett, is by Safe in the U S A.
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  • Say It Again - August2012 Mid-Atlantic Report

    “You’re Only 3 Once.”Slogan on the Union Rags T-shirt sent to fans before the Kentucky Derby “They called up asking if Russell Sheldon was open.”Jocks’ agent Marty Leonard, who represents Sheldon Russell, at the beginning of the Colonial Downs meet (Leonard did not give them the call) “Well, I don’t know until, until I ride him, but the way he worked the other day, I worked him right behind the other horse, and I’m telling you he was strong.”Jockey John Velazquez, asked (before the Belmont Stakes) if Union Rags could have any lingering effects from two rough trips
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  • 2012 Hall of Fame Historical inductees

      Two greats from yesteryear, jockey Anthony Hamilton and Virginia-bred Planet, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame through the museum’s Historic Review process. Hamilton, born in Charleston, S.C., in 1866, was one of the finest riders of the 19th century, and rode for many of the era’s top owners, including Pierre Lorillard, Mike Dwyer, August Belmont Sr., August Belmont II and J.R. Keene. Among his mounts were Hall of Famers Firenze and Salvator, and champions Lamplighter and Potomac. Planet was one of the most dominant racehorses in the years leading up to the Civil War. Foaled at Major Thomas W. Doswell’s Bullfield Stable, the son of Revenue out of the Boston mare Nina campaigned for his breeder and established a career purse earnings record that stood for 20 years. When he retired in 1861, just five days before the bombardment of Fort Sumter launched the Civil War, he had earned $69,700 with a record of 27-4-0 from 31 starts. Known as “The Great Red Fox,” Planet was regarded by many turf experts to be second only to the mighty Lexington among the greatest American racehorses prior to the Civil War. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Aug. 10 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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  • Cayman Queen

    Her name is Cayman Queen. Her chestnut coat gleams like a newly minted penny. Her legs are tight and cool without as much as a blemish. Her eyes are bright, full of wisdom and expression. And if not for the slight dip in her back, you’d never guess she’s 31 years old.
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  • Looking Back August 1962

    Sagamore Farm’s advertisement for Native Dancer 50 years ago included this page highlighting his yearlings to be sold at Saratoga. The chestnut colt out of Raise You, hip #186, left an indelible mark–that was Raise a Native, purchased by Louis Wolfson for $39,000. Selling eight hips earlier was another chestnut colt, Atan, who left his own mark as the sire of Sharpen Up (GB).
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  • Looking Back August 1987

    Georganne Hale, the first woman to hold the position of paddock judge in Maryland, when promoted to the job in May, was soon to make Maryland racing history again. She was set to become the first woman to serve as racing secretary in the state when taking charge of Timonium’s 10-day meet in late August.
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  • Looking Back August 2002

    “Racing’s Great Mystery Man” focused on one of the region’s most successful trainers, the enigmatic Tom Voss. “He trains steeplechasers, flat horses too. He grumbles at adults, but he hugs cats. He reads the Daily Racing Form and The Bridges of Madison County,” wrote Joe Clancy. “Plenty of people are scared of the man, though there are others who would trust him to babysit their children.”
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  • Pennsylvania comes together, makes racing's case

    Sneak Preview of Joe Clancy's August 2012 editorial The sigh of relief you heard in late June came from Pennsylvania’s horse racing community as Governor Tom Corbett signed a new budget which did not take away the benefits of the Race Horse Development Fund as originally proposed. Gov. Corbett’s earlier budget proposal called for diverting $72 million from the fund, which derives income from slots revenue at racetracks and is used to support purses and breeding programs at Thoroughbred and Standardbred tracks in the state. 
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  • Connections not lost on Jones

    Pennsylvania horseman Russell Jones spent the Triple Crown season wearing a tan and brown Union Rags hat, but could have just as easily donned the purple and white of I’ll Have Another.
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  • A brother act

    Brothers and jockeys, Javier and Abel Castellano, competed against each other during Preakness weekend at Pimlico–they each won a pair, with the Maryland-based Abel also collecting a $75,000 stakes for Arabians. On Preakness Day, they talked with Sean Clancy about it all.
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  • Say It Again - July2012 Mid-Atlantic Report

    “Turn the engine off honey, I’m going to be awhile.”Preakness fan in the grandstand, into his mobile phone, while holding a fistful of wagering tickets and a big beer (we’re not sure how long his ride waited) “That saddle’s as old as the Preakness Stakes.”Trainer Chad Brown, after putting John Velazquez’s heavy (and old) saddle on Casino Host for the Dixie; the brown leather classic was used by the jockey’s agent Angel Cordero in the 1970s
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  • MHBA Annual Yearling Show

    The 78th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show was held yesterday in Timonium. Judge Al Stall Jr. pinned Robert Manfuso and Katharine Voss's Thewayyouare colt Grand Champion. Get complete results here.
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  • Judge Stall to preside over MHBA Yearling Show

    Trainer Al Stall Jr. will judge the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s 78th annual yearling show for Maryland-bred Thoroughbreds at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on June 24. The 50-year-old horseman trained Blame to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 in 2010 and trains the leading Louisiana-bred of all time, Star Guitar (a winner of 23 of 29 races). During a break from training at Churchill Downs in early May, Stall talked about his assignment with Sean Clancy.
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  • Emory

    One of the most recognizable horses at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland never won a race. In four career starts-two each at Laurel Park and Penn National-he defeated a grand total of four horses. His career earnings reflect a balance of “$0.” But to Amy Jackson, co-owner of Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center, stable pony Emory is priceless.
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  • Looking Back July 1962

    50 Years Ago Pioneer horsewoman Judy Johnson took over the operation of Blarney Farm in Woodstock, Md., with plans to use it as a training facility. Formerly owned by Rigan McKinney, the farm was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Welsh, friends of Johnson’s who allowed her to lease the farm and its facilities.
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  • Looking Back July 1987

    25 years ago It was a repeat of the Kentucky Derby-G1 as Alysheba defeated Bet Twice in the Preakness Stakes-G1 to capture the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Trained by Jack Van Berg, Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer’s bay son of Alydar won convincingly in a trouble-free trip around Pimlico with Chris McCarron up, in contrast to the near-disaster at the Derby in which Alysheba clipped heels with Bet Twice in midstretch before re-rallying for the win.
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  • Looking Back July 2002

    Ten Years Ago The Thoroughbred Corporation’s War Emblem got one step closer to the Triple Crown as he captured the 127th running of the Preakness Stakes-G1 by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Maryland-bred Magic Weisner. The Bob Baffert trainee proved that he was a “bona fide” winner of the Kentucky Derby-G1, which he won by wiring 17 rivals in a $43 upset. Magic Weisner–bred, owned and trained by longtime Maryland horsewoman Nancy Alberts and named for local veterinarian Dr. Allen Wisner of Glen Rock, Pa.–came close on Maryland racing’s biggest stage at 46-1 under Richard Migliore. “. . . I thought he was going to be third, then second, then I thought. . . but I knew the winner wasn’t stopping,” said Alberts.
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  • July editorial from Joe Clancy

    Maryland racing thrives on attention at Preakness Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won two stakes on the Preakness Day undercard, but all he wanted to talk about was Pimlico – the track, the people, the service, the atmosphere, the joy he gets when he travels to Maryland with a horse. And the Hall of Famer wasn’t alone. Beyond I’ll Have Another’s addition of the second leg of the Triple Crown to his victory in the Kentucky Derby two weeks earlier, the topic of conversation was the Maryland Jockey Club track in Baltimore. Pimlico, supposedly old and outdated and just hanging on, left another mark on the Triple Crown with its attention to detail, its welcoming attitude, its ability to handle a big event and?–?most importantly – its try.
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  • June 2012 Editorial

    A hearing in Pennsylvania for the horses Pennsylvania owners/breeders Gret­chen Jackson and George Strawbridge spoke of the noble Thoroughbred and its dependence on humans to do the right things. New Jersey trainer turned author Glenn Thompson pointed to a culture of cheating within Thoroughbred racing. Pennsylvania racetrack veterinarian Dr. Kate Papp talked about raceday medication practices. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens leaned on the very real issue of jockey safety.
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  • Looking Back June 1962

    50 years ago Ocala Stud Farm founder Bruce S. Campbell took over the reins as president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.The native Marylander intended to bring five mares he owned from Florida to Maryland. “I want them to foal in Maryland next spring so that I’ll have Maryland-breds which are eligible to compete in the Maryland Fund races,” he said.Campbell’s advice to Maryland breeders was: “. . . concentrate first on acquiring good broodmares. An expensive mare is a cheap investment. We’ll need good stallions, too. But let’s get the mares first.”
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  • Looking Back June 1987

    25 Years Ago Northern Dancer, one of the greatest sires in history, was officially retired from stud. “No special ceremony marked Northern Dancer’s retirement on April 15,” reported the Maryland Horse. “ ‘But we all cried a lot,’ said Windfields Farm’s general manager Joe Hickey. ‘It was a very touching moment.’ ”
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  • Looking Back June 2002

    10 years agoTwo-time Horse of the Year Cigar, known as “horse of the world” during the height of his career in 1995 and 1996, was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Bred by Allen Paulson and foaled at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., Cigar compiled a 16-race win streak which included 10 Grade 1 races (among them the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic) as well as the inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup. He retired with a North American earnings record of $9,999,815 from 33 starts.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred receives honors in AHP competition

    At the annual American Horse Publications competition, for material published in 2011, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred was rewarded with four prizes in editorial content, as well as honorable mentions in cover and advertising design.
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  • 2011 AHP Award-winning Story

    Read Sean Clancy's award-winning story Sharing the Glory from our January 2011 issue.
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  • Flat Top

    For nearly a decade in this space, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred has featured an update on a retired Thoroughbred. The horses have ranged in age, accomplishments and notoriety, but each subject has shared a common thread–all have been beloved by their connections. We’ve showcased former claimers who now spend their days packing kids around rings at horse shows; pensioned broodmares who ease through their golden years babysitting youngsters; and–as we do this month–even a few Eclipse Award winners.
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  • June digital edition now available

    The June issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is in the mail, but see it faster now. Read our entertaining cover story on Skeedattle Associates and their trip to the Kentucky Derby, and other feature on the Harris family's success with homebreds Ann's Smart Dancer and Phil Dancer, a delightful newsmaker on Leigh and Arnaud Delacaour, another chapter in Second Careers where our intern Sarah Robinson explores the show world for Thoroughbreds, and of course much, much more. Click on the icon at top left and enjoy!
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  • Sunrise at Pimlico with Charlie Fenwick

    Amateur jump jockey Charles Fenwick III, a former flat jockey here in Maryland, spends mornings leading up to the Preakness at Pimlico, introducing folks to Maryland racing. http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/the-insider-inside-pimlico/
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  • History lesson springs from Preakness memories

    Read editor Joe Clancy's personal commentary on his connection to 1962 Preakness winner Greek Money http://www.st-publishing.com/cms2/index.php/the-outside-rail/2160-a-preakness-memory-lane
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  • Battle at the Preakness

    By Cindy Deubler Thirty-three thousand people sweat in the clubhouse and grandstand as two Thoroughbreds battle down the stretch, locked together in a duel that will award one – just one – a victory in the year’s richest race for 3-year-olds. The jockeys implore, the bettors cheer, trainers stress, owners hope, the horses keep running. Everybody leans as the colts flash across the finish line, inseparable for all but the photo-finish camera.
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  • Preakness Stakes close calls

    Down to the wire – 25 times (from 136 runnings) in the Preakness has the winner gotten the job done by a neck, or less. Among those who hit the wire in the nick of time were such racing greats as Triple Crown winners War Admiral, Assault and Affirmed; Kentucky Derby winners Burgoo King, Bold Venture, Majestic Prince, Sunday Silence and Silver Charm; and the gray ghost, Native Dancer.Witnesses to dramatic finishes are left exhausted and exhilarated?–?who can forget the battle between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer. . . the three-horse finish with Silver Charm, Free House and fast-closing Captain Bodgit. . . the mighty Curlin fighting to catch Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the final strides? One of the most exciting, and controversial, finishes came 50 years ago, between Greek Money and Ridan (see story on page 20 of our May issue). Click here for our May issue photo spread for 15 additional Preakness finishes to savor, with the photo-finish camera needed to determine the outcome.
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  • Most Memorable Preaknesses

    May means Preakness time in the Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland in particular. Through the years, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown has provided thrills, chills and memories. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s Cindy Deubler caught up with some industry players with a simple question: “What’s your most memorable Preakness?”
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  • Triumph and tragedy for Iroquois Steeplechase winner Arcadius this past Saturday

    Read Joe Clancy's  story on steeplechaser Arcadius in The New York Times here. And see Dr. Monty McInturff's discussion on cause of death in an interview here.
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  • Looking Back May 1962

    50 years ago• Maryland Horse Breeders Association president Frank A. Bonsal declined a second term, much to the regret of the organization’s general manager Snowden Carter. “Under his leadership, the MHBA has accomplished more during the past 12 months than in any other single year of its history.” In addition to the passage of House Bill 106, Carter noted the importance of Bonsal’s influence to have the HBPA and MHBA join forces to work together.Bonsal, trainer of the likes of Mongo, Saratoga and Pilaster, ranked among the leading trainers in the nation throughout the 1940s and ’50s. The Maryland Horse’s Joe Hickey provided an in-depth profile on the horseman known as Downey:“Downey’s trademarks are an impish grin and a weathered felt hat that has a sat-on look. Numerous spills during his years in the saddle left him with a slight stoop and the nickname ‘Downey.’ One might describe his frame as ‘wirey,’ for it is just that–wired together.“In both tail male and tail female he stems from old, horsewise Maryland families.”Among Downey Bonsal’s many accomplishments, he won the Maryland Hunt Cup twice aboard Bon Master, and rode in the Grand National at Aintree. As a trainer, his flat runners had earned in excess of $4 million. • Janon Fisher Jr.’s homebred 7-year-old gelding Mountain Dew won the Maryland Hunt Cup with Janon Fisher III riding. It was the first time in the 66-year history of the race that the blue and gray colors of the Fisher family had triumphed in Maryland’s famous timber race. Fisher had trained, but didn’t own, three-time winner Blockade Mountain Dew, by *Hunters Moon IV, bowed a tendon in his only start on the flat as a 3-year-old. “I didn’t breed him to be a jumper,” said Fisher. “I bred him for a flat horse, and he had extreme speed.”Describing the win, Fisher said, “This was the most exciting race I’ve ever watched. I bred the horse, and I bred the jockey. And I also bred the dam and granddam of the winner.”
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  • Looking Back May 1987

    25 years ago• Robert Meyerhoff’s Broad Brush started his 4-year-old campaign in California and faced familiar foes in the San Fernando Stakes-G1 (he lost by a neck to Variety Road while defeating Snow Chief and Ferdinand), Charles H. Strub Stakes-G1 (third to Snow Chief and Ferdinand) and Santa Anita Handicap-G1. In the latter, Broad Brush came from behind to defeat Ferdinand by a nose in a head bob. Less than one month later, Broad Brush got his second win of the year in the John B. Campbell Handicap-G3 at Pimlico. That win pushed his career earnings to more than $2.2 million.
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  • May's Names of the Month

    Boxer Shorts. A two-time winner at Penn National in March, the 6-year-old gelding is by Two Punch out of Green Jeans. He was bred in Virginia by Althea Richards and races for Mark Moshe and trainer Kimberly Graci. Dirt Track Demon. For music fans. The 5-year-old Penn National winner is named for the character “Rapid Roy that stock car boy” in the song by Jim Croce. Dom. Bred in Virginia by Audley Farm and now racing in Maryland for PTK LLC and Dane Kobiskie, the 5-year-old is out of Pink Champagne.
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  • Monmouth’s new deal an opportunity for horsemen

    Monmouth Park meet opens this Saturday, May 12. Read Ryan Goldberg’s feature on the new racing climate at Monmouth Park in our May issue.  Amazing, right?In short, minus all the details (and there are plenty) in the lease agreement, New Jersey’s Thoroughbred horsemen will run the race meet this year. Every other Thoroughbred state in the region should watch closely. If it works, the horsemen-in-charge model could be a path of the future. Think about it. The state gets to detach itself from horse racing and the horsemen get an opportunity to prove their point?–?that racing works, that it will attract customers, that it can sustain itself.
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  • King T. Leatherbury: One in a Million

    The Maryland Horse Breeders Association honored its 2011 champions last night at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Amazing setting, good company and one hysterical acceptance speech from trainer King T. Leatherbury.
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     BALTIMORE, 05-07-12--- Kentucky Derby (G1) winner I’ll Have Another completed his journey to the Preakness Stakes at 5:07 p.m. Monday afternoon, 12 days before he will compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at historic Pimlico Race Course. The 137th running of the Preakness® Stakes (G1) is Saturday, May 19.
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  • May's SAY IT AGAIN

    “It was an experience–a wonderful thing.”Eddie Vansant, assistant to Buddy Raines, on life at Brandywine Stable after Greek Money won the Preakness in 1962 “Courage Beats Gall.”Sports Illustrated headline on the 1962 Preakness story
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  • Looking Back May 2002

    • The region lost one of its most successful breeders when Alice duPont Mills died at 89. Mills and her late husband, James P. Mills, owned and operated Hickory Tree Farm near Middleburg, Va., which they established in the mid-1940s. Among the more than 40 stakes winners bred in the name of Mrs. Mills or Hickory Tree Farm were Believe It and Terpsichorist; the Millses also campaigned champion Devil’s Bag and top-class Gone West.
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Derby Trail - Done Talking 5/4

    “I haven’t read one article that’s been done on me yet,” Hamilton Smith announced. “I guess I will when it’s over, but I’m not gonna read anything before the horse runs.”
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  • Why the PA Race Horse Development Fund should remain untouched

    Here is a great video recently released showing how Pennsylvania's race horse industry has benefited from slots money. It deftly explains how Pennsylvania Governor Corbett move to take $75 million away from the PA Race Horse Development Fund will cripple the industry. View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fYtwHuUykw
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's DONE TALKING DERBY TRAIL DIARY for May 3

    It’s just two days before Kentucky Derby 138, and Hamilton Smith is still smiling. Marty Leonard, agent for Done Talking’s jockey Sheldon Russell, admits to being just the tiniest bit amazed. “Hammy is handling things surprisingly well, actually. You know that sometimes he might come off as somewhat hard to talk to. But he’s been great with everybody.”
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Derby Trail - Done Talking 5/2

    Jo Ann Smith apologized for not having more time to talk. “Gotta get up at 3:30, the cat’s away and all that stuff.  Down a rider and groom this week, fun time at Laurel,” she said, tongue-in-cheek.
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Derby Trail - Done Talking 5/1

    “There was something extra about him. He was more than the average race horse.” Speaking from his office at Elloree Training Center in South Carolina, Franklin “Goree” Smith described Done Talking, the colt that has given his brother Hamilton Smith his first Kentucky Derby starter. “He did some things in his works; when you pushed the button on him, I mean, he just gave you a little something extra.
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  • Runco, Montano team up to win four

    April 27, 2012.  (Charles Town, WV) – The jockey-trainer combination of Jose Montano and Jeff Runco have teamed up for plenty of success recently, but nothing as big as Friday night, when the duo produced 4 winners in the first 8 races of Charles Town’s card.
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Derby Trail - Done Talking 4/29

    Maryland Jockey Club valet James “Bobo” Brigmon won’t be at work this week. Brigmon, also a regular exercise rider for Hamilton Smith, accompanied Done Talking to Louisville early Sunday morning.
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Done Talking Road to the Derby 4/28

    In his final prep for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Done Talking drilled a bullet at Laurel Park this morning, working five furlongs in 1:01.00 under regular rider Sheldon Russell. His move was the best of 17 at the distance. “Everything went well,” said Hamilton Smith. “Time-wise and everything, it was just about what I wanted, so everything looks good.”
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  • Maggie Kimmitt's Done Talking on the Derby Trail 4/27

    Romans opens barn to Smith, Done Talking Hamilton Smith and Done Talking will be afforded some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality when they arrive at Churchill Downs. Dale Romans, trainer of Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, has offered Smith a stall in his barn next week.
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  • Film clip on Phyllis Wyeth and her Union Rags

    Check this out.   A wonderful clip called An American Love Story about Phyllis Wyeth and her horse, Union Rags, among the favorites for the 2012 Derby. can be viewed at www.trackpackpa.com.
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  • Done Talking readying for the Derby

    Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred writer Maggie Kimmitt will catch up with Laurel Park trainer Hamilton Smith about Kentucky Derby contender Done Talking as he completes final preparations for the Kentucky Derby. Check back for regular updates.  
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  • Audley-bred KY Derby candidate Bodemeister

    Read Nick Hahn's profile on Bodemeister's Virginia breeder Audley farm at http://www.vtablog.org/
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  • Looking Back-Maryland Hunt Cup

    This Saturday is the 116th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup, the toughest timber race in the world. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred / Maryland Horse remembers. . .
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  • Looking Back April 1987

    25 Years Ago King T. Leatherbury recorded a milestone in his amazing career with his 4,000th win as a trainer December 1, 1986 . . . but no one realized it until Daily Racing Form columnist Tom Atwell dug into the records to determine that 2-year-old filly Cheerful Reward hit the mark.
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  • Looking Back April 1962

    50 years agoHenry Contee Bowie Clagett Jr., better known as Hal C.B. Clagett, represented generations of Clagetts to reside at historic Weston farm in Upper Marlboro, Md. The attorney, Thoroughbred breeder and tobacco planter was also the author of HB 106, which established the Maryland-Bred Purse Fund. “He wrote the bill, and together with a hard-working committee of HBPA and MHBA members, fought doggedly for its passage,” noted the Maryland Horse. “Every man who breeds or races horses bred in Maryland owes Clagett and his co-workers a debt of gratitude, for the flower of their toil could provide some $400,000 in purses for Maryland-breds next year and during succeeding years.”
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  • Shiraz

    This weekend is Rolex in Kentucky, the country's premier 3-Day Event. May's issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred features a delightful story on the second career of Bold and Burley, now known as Shiraz--who competed there in previous years.
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  • Derby preparations continue for Maryland connected Done Talking

    Illinois Derby-G3 winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs at Laurel Park on the morning of Saturday, April 21 in his penultimate work before the May 5 $2 million Kentucky Derby-G1.The Hamilton Smith trainee stopped the clock in :49.60 and galloped out in 1:02.60 with regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard.
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  • Top Pennsylvania sire’s best son wins Grade 3 FTO in 2012

    Wiseman’s Ferry’s WISE DAN crushed six opponents in an eye-opening 10 1/2-length victory in track record time in the $150,000 Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes on Sunday,  April 22, at Keeneland Race Course, his first start of the year. He will be the horse to watch in the handicap division this year.
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  • Looking Back 10 years ago April 2002

    Laurel Park-based Xtra Heat received a 128-pound impost for the track’s prestigious filly and mare sprint, the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap-G2, which nearly caused her connections to decline. But after days of posturing and discussion, co-owners Kenneth Taylor and Harry Deitchman and co-owner/trainer John Salzman accepted the burden for their pint-sized filly.
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  • May edition now online

    The latest edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is on press, but you can enjoy it now online. Read about Greek Money's 1962 Preakness battle with favorite Ridan, which made for lots of controversy and a spectacular shot. Our issue also includes the latest word on what's going on at Monmouth Park, with New Jersey horsemen taking over the 2012 meet. And study our photo spread on Preakness close finishes over the years. Enjoy!
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  • Pletcher, Castellano Spring Charles Town Classic Upset

    April 14, 2012   (Charles Town, WV) – Rarely would a victory by Todd Pletcher or Javier Castellano in a big race be termed an upset, but such was the case on Saturday night when Repole Stable’s Caixa Eletronica swept to the lead turning for home and drew off to a 3 length win in Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Charles Town Classic (G2), the West Virginia track's first graded event in history.  
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    BALTIMORE, 04-14-12---Charles Reed and  Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair rolled up on frontrunner Valiant Passion and rolled away to a convincing score in the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes, the feature offering Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.  
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  • The Fund turns 50

    Ground-breaking legislations of 1962 helped boost Thoroughbred industry in Maryland, nation
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  • Maryland-bred colt tops Keeneland 2-Year-Old Sale

    April 10, 2012. Yesterday's  $700,000 sale topper at the Keeneland Two-Year-Old in Training Sale was a flashy Majestic Warrior colt bred in Maryland by Wayne and Janita Morris. He is from his grade-I winning sire’s first crop. Kentucky bloodstock agent John Moynihan, representing Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, purchased the chestnut juvenile from Ciaran and Amy Dunne’s Florida-based Wavertree Stables, agent.  The 2-year-old, whose grandsire is 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, worked an eighth of a mile in :10 during the auction’s under tack show.
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  • April edition's WORTH REPEATING

    “Slowly.”Dale Capuano, 3,000-win trainer, to the question ‘How did your career start?’“I’m still trying to find another good horse–just like everybody else.”Capuano, on the life of a trainer“It’s not rocket science, that’s probably why we’re here.”Jockey Mike Luzzi, on riding racehorses“They’re high-strung animals to begin with and we get them cranked up and ready to run. There are so many ways negative things can happen. When something positive happens and lasts as long as it has with her, you have to appreciate it.” Trainer Allen Iwinski, on training Thoroughbreds and the success of Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie winner Magical Feeling
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  • Two PA-breds top Fasig-Tipton Florida

    A Pennsylvania-bred son of Big Brown topped the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Select 2-Year-Olds in Training yesterday, selling for $1.3 million. A second Pennsylvania bred was second high price at $1.2 million.
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    The 12-week Laurel Park winter meeting ended On March 24 with Sheldon Russell and Dane Kobiskie winning individual titles. The 48-day stand began at the central Maryland track on January 4.
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  • EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH captures Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes for second consecutive year

    LAUREL, MD. 03-24-12---Sylvia Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch had to work hard for it, but at the finish he was the repeat winner of the $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes, the closing day feature at Laurel Park.  
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  • April Editorial from past MHBA executive director Rich Wilcke

    Reflections on the Maryland Bred Fund Program Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred asked our first editor and past MHBA executive director Rich Wilcke to contribute to our coverage of this important program celebrating its 50th year. He shares his reflections with our readers in the April issue's guest editorial.
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  • Looking Back April 1962

    • Henry Contee Bowie Clagett Jr., better known as Hal C.B. Clagett, represented generations of Clagetts to reside at historic Weston farm in Upper Marlboro, Md. The attorney, Thoroughbred breeder and tobacco planter was also the author of HB 106, which established the Maryland-Bred Purse Fund. “He wrote the bill, and together with a hard-working committee of HBPA and MHBA members, fought doggedly for its passage,” noted the Maryland Horse. “Every man who breeds or races horses bred in Maryland owes Clagett and his co-workers a debt of gratitude, for the flower of their toil could provide some $400,000 in purses for Maryland-breds next year and during succeeding years.”
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  • This month 25 years ago

    The sale of Sagamore Farm to real estate developer James Ward III signaled the end of an era when the farm’s longtime general manager, Harold H. (Fergie) Ferguson, called it a career.
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  • Action Andy sets track record in third win of the year

    Making his third start of the year on Saturday, March 10, Robert Gerczak’s Action Andy proved once more his affinity for Tampa Bay Downs by setting a track record for six and a half furlongs.
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  • Bold Affair impressive in Conniver Stakes

    Charles Reed and Mike Zanella’s homebred filly Bold Affair zipped to the front, opened a clear advantage, and dominated the $75,000 Conniver Stakes on Saturday, March 10 at Laurel Park, winning by six and a half lengths. Last year’s Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly completed seven furlongs in 1:23.74 and earned a 99 Beyer speed figure.
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     LAUREL, MD. 03-10-12---Maryland-bred Bold Affair quickly opened a clear advantage on her way to an easy victory over filly and mare rivals in the $75,000 Conniver Stakes, Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park. 
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  • March Mid-Atlantic Report: Worth Repeating

    “We call her Mrs. Robinson.”Merryland Farm’s Josh Pons, about an “experienced” broodmare “It’s not the best way to look at a horse, but it’s better than watching him run out the lane.”Pons, on Friesan Fire’s fenced-in parade route at a stallion showing “Just a minute, I’m taking a picture.”Fan of Smarty Jones, camera phone in hand, stopping all progress at Northview PA’s stallion show in January
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  • Pa. Equine Coalition Responds to Inaccurate Claims by Governor Corbett, Agriculture Secretary Greig on Pa. Horse Racing

    Project job losses of 10,000 to 15,000 due to $72 million raid of Race Horse Development Fund March 5, 2012, HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania, today called on Governor Tom Corbett and Agriculture Secretary George Greig to stick to the facts when discussing the Governor’s proposed raid of the Race Horse Development Fund of $72 million annually.
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     LAUREL, MD. 03-03-12---Sagamore Farms’ Millionreasonswhy powered to the front and was hand ridden to victory in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Wide Country Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
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  • Looking Back 10 years ago this month

    Philadelphia Park was named the site for the 2002 national Claiming Crown. Launched in 1999, the six races worth $550,000 would be held for the first time at a track other than Canterbury Park.“We’re very pleased to be able to showcase the Claiming Crown,” said Philadelphia Park’s vice-president and general manager Jim Gagliano. “It’s a great reward for our horsemen, who we feel are among the nation’s best.”
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  • Union Rags gets them talking

        They're talking Kentucky Derby again at the Fair Hill Deli. Pretty fun. Union Rags, who spent much of his 2-year-old season at Fair Hill Training Center, won Sunday's Fountain of Youth Stakes, firmly placing himself at the head of the class of 2012 3-year-olds. The Michael Matz trainee sures looks the part. And after Barbaro, after Animal Kingdom, we're ready. Should be a fun ride, even if Union Rags most likely won't be back here until May. For more see complete article here.
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  • From March Mid-Atlantic Report: Names of the Month

    Salad Fork. The bay mare, who ran at Charles Town in January, is out of Nicoise (which you eat with a salad fork). She was bred by owner Henry Waring in New York.Congresionalaffair. Forgive the space-saving misspelling, the gray mare is by Congressionalhonor out of Sultry Rendezvous. She was bred in Pennsylvania by Linda Gaudet, and was in action at Charles Town for owner Roger Nickol in January.Hint. The bay gelding is out of Quiet Whisper. Bred in Kentucky by Everest Stables Inc., Three Roses Stable’s runner saw action at Laurel in January.Dontplaywitmatches. The 4-year-old filly, owned by Mary Garner and bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm, is by Forest Danger out of Directive. She finished second at Laurel Jan. 25.
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  • Pimlico Stakes Schedule announced

    Pimlico Special Returns To Boost Black-Eyed Susan Day Lineup BALTIMORE, 02-28-12--- The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2012 Pimlico Race Course racing days and spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting this afternoon. The headline event of the eight-week meeting is the 137th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of the famed Triple Crown, on May 19. The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 22 stakes races for purses of $3.425 million, an increase of $525,000. Preakness weekend features 16 stakes races for $3 million.
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  • Regional success

    From the editor's desk. . . We’re horse people. We’re supposed to be optimistic. We’re supposed to look ahead. We’re supposed to tell others the industry is holding its own, steaming along, going to be all right.But we don’t know. Not for sure, anyway. Economics, politics, competition, weather, nature, luck all play roles in the success or failure of the Thoroughbred industry. We look for signs, do our best, push policies we think will help, try to work together while also looking out for our individual best interests.Lately, we’ll take the good news.
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  • Latest edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred now available

    Our latest digital edition is now online. The March issue will be in the mail and on its way to readers tomorrow. Read all about Horse of the Year HAVRE DE GRACE and her Mid-Atlantic connections, and learn about a real war horse!
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  • Prominent Maryland owner and breeder Sondra H. Bender dies

    The Maryland racing community lost one of its most prominent members when owner and breeder Sondra Bender passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 22, after a battle with uterine cancer. She was 78 years old.A resident of Bethesda, Sondra and her husband Howard owned Glade Valley Farms in Frederick. 
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  • Keefe eyes big prizes at home track

    Editor Joe Clancy visited Maryland trainer Tim Keefe last evening to chat about this weekend's big stakes events at Laurel. Read all about it here.
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  • Maryland Million Day Set for October 6, 2012

    TIMONIUM, MD - 2/17/2012 - The 27th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is set to run on October 6, 2012 as the marquee event of the fall racing season at Laurel Park, with purses and awards of more than $1 million. 
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  • Looking Back 25 years ago this month

    “Exactly 34 years to the day after the Cohen brothers purchased Pimlico back in 1952, Frank De Francis and his partners–Robert and John [Tommy] Manfuso Jr. and attorney Martin Jacobs–announced they had bought America’s second oldest racetrack on December 30, 1986,” reported The Maryland Horse. Included in the sale was Pimlico’s half-interest in Bowie. For the first time in Maryland’s modern racing history, all of the state’s 306 racing dates, with the exception of Timonium’s 10-day meeting, were controlled by one organization.
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  • Tom McGreevy talks Horses

    Our March issue will feature a story on Delaware-based Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. Get a sneak preview of our story in writer Sean Clancy's interview with bloodstock agent Tom McGreevy who picked out the filly for Rick Porter, here.
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  • New Jersey's Alex's Pal featured at Birch Creek Farm stallion show

    Mid-Atlantic breeders had the opportunity to meet Alex’s Pal at Birch Creek Farm's Feb. 12 open house. The sire of recent Monmouth Beach Stakes winner CC’s Pal, Alex's Pal was well-received at the Upper Freehold, NJ, facility.
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  • Back to TImonium, back in time

    Read about editor Joe Clancy's visit to the Timonium backside last week and the memories it invoked here.
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  • 2011 Maryland-bred Champions Announced

    King T. Leatherbury’s homebred gelding Ben’s Cat swept three divisional categories–older male, turf runner and sprinter–and was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year of 2011 in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.The richest Maryland-bred runner of 2011 with earnings of $588,250, Ben’s Cat made 11 starts in his second year of competition at age 5, all in stakes company, and won six times. His biggest score came in the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap-G3 at Parx Racing on Sept. 5 in which he defeated 10 others in the five-furlong turf sprint, including the previous year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint-G2 winner Chamberlain Bridge.
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  • Eighttofasttocatch honored as MRMA Maryland-based Horse of the Year

    Maryland Racing Media Association honoredEighttofasttocatch as the 2011 Maryland-based Horse of the Year during a ceremony at Laurel Park on February 11. Trainedby Tim Keefe at Laurel Park, the son of Not For Love won five of 10starts as a 5-year-old, including four stakes on his home track. He isexpected to make his 2012 debut in the $200,000 General George Handicap(G2) here Monday, February 20.
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  • Maryland Racing Media S won by Lacie Slew

    LAUREL, MD. 02-15-12---John Buckley, Jr., Ralph Durante & Pennston FarmInc.’s Lacie Slew rallied from next to last to win the $100,000 MarylandRacing Media Stakes on February 11 at Laurel Park.
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  • Maryland-bred Action Andy wins Tampa Bay Downs' Super S

    ACTION ANDY, 5-year-old son of  Gators N Bears, out of the Not For Love mare Love Me Twice, captured the 50,000-added Super S at Tampa Bay Downs on February 11. Owned by Robert Gerczak, bred in Maryland by Carol Kaye-Garcia (Md.) and trained by Carlos A. Garcia, Action Andy was piloted to a 2 1/2-length victory by jockey Daniel Coa. The win was Action Andy's sixth, bringing his earnings to  $187,670.
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  • February's Mid-Atlantic Report

    Names of the MonthCop a Tude. The Jan. 4 Laurel Park maiden special weight winner, who races for breeder High Five Racing Stables II LLC, is by Officer out of Emotional Storm. Chapel Street. The Jan. 4 Charles Town allowance winner, bred in West Virginia by owner/trainer Larry Curtis, is by Chapel Royal but more importantly shares his name with a 1970s era timber star. That Chapel Street, a son of Nashua, won a Virginia Gold Cup (and more) for Rokeby Stable and trainer Ridgely White.
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  • Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund under threat

    Corbett Budget: Promises Made, Promises Broken $72 million annual raid on Race Horse Development Fund will devastate horse racing and breeding and cost jobs in an industry that Corbett made a campaign pledge to support HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania, said today that Governor Tom Corbett’s scheme to raid the Race Horse Development Fund by $72 million for each of the next three years will be a devastating blow to the horse racing and breeding industry that candidate Corbett pledged to support on the campaign trail. With the racing and equine industry employing more than 23,000 Pennsylvanians, these cuts will result in significant job losses across the state.
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  • Dance to Bristol Scores Easily in Laurel's Marshua Stakes

    Copperville Farm’s Dance to Bristol scored an easy win in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. 
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  • This month 50 years ago

    E. Palmer Heagerty, described as “one of the greatest chartcallers ever produced in this country,” died in January from a heart attack at the age of 43. Nine days before his death, the Maryland native was named supervisor of field operations for The Morn­ing Telegraph-Daily Racing Form.
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  • Pin Oak Lane Farm Open House set for Feb. 12

    Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania will be holding their annual stallion show and open house on Sunday, February 12. The farm will be introducing two new stallions to Pennsylvania, Offlee Wild, the leading freshman sire in North America in 2009 and sire of champion She be Wild, and the multiple graded stakes winning Unbridled’s Song son, Unbridled Energy.
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  • Maryland Jockey Club to honor RAPID REDUX

    LAUREL, MD. 02-01-12---The Maryland Jockey Club will honor the connections of Rapid Redux on Saturday, February 18. Rapid Redux has won 22 consecutive races, including a perfect 19-for-19 season a year ago and took home a pair of national awards last month. The celebration will include a poster giveaway, a winners’ circle presentation and an autograph session with owner Robert Cole, trainer David Wells and primary jockey J.D. Acosta (depending on mounts). 
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  • Horse Force takes the plunge for charity

    Preakness Stakes-winning jockey Donnie Miller Jr. and Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider Allen Stacy donned their jockey silks once again and jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the 16th annual Maryland Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. The plunge was held Saturday Jan. 28 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.
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  • Stallion Open House at Diamond B

    Glenn and Becky Brok have announced their annual stallion show for Sunday, February 12th, from  11 am - 4 pm. Standing at stud and available for inspection are PA Stallions Talent Search, Senor Swinger, Ecclesiastic and Stanislavsky. The farm is located at 1671 Tilden Road, Mohrsville, PA 19541. Contact information: www.diamondbfarmpa.com, (610) 659-2415, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  • Maryland Hunt Cup announces new nomination fee schedule

    January 30, 2012, Glyndon MD----The Maryland Hunt Cup Association has announced a new Early Nomination process for the 116th running on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The new process is intended to create more excitement about the race, earlier. By moving the Nomination date to March, spectators and sportswriters will know which horses are aiming for the Hunt Cup and will be able to follow their favorite during the Spring timber season. Nominations will continue to be handled by the NSA office.
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  • Merryland Stallion Show

    Breeders from the Mid-Atlantic region enjoyed the Stallion Show held at the Pons family’s Merryland Farm, in Hydes, Md., on Saturday, January 28. 
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  • Laurel's Dancing Count Stakes won by New York invader

    LAUREL, MD, 01-28-12---Klaravich Stables, Inc & William Lawrence’s Beggarthyneighbor proved that Beyer numbers are as good a handicapping tool as any as the New York-based invader drove to victory in the $100,000 Dancing Count Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. 
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  • PHBA Online Stallion Auction NOW

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association will be holding its second annual online Stallion Auction on January 26, 27, and 28,  2012 to benefit the Political Action Committee.  The auction will take place through   www.thoroughlybred.com.  Log on to the website and become a member to participate - it’s free and easy.Help the PHBA PAC work on your behalf for the betterment of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred industry!  
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  • Pennsylvania fund surpasses $20-million in 2011

    The Pennsylvania Breeding Fund Program will distribute more than $8.5-million in awards in 2011, and the total amount contributed to the fund in 2011 was $20,441,117.
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  • Charles Town Classic to be broadcast on HRRN

    January 23, 2012. (Charles Town, WV) – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races announced today that it has reached an agreement with Horse Racing Radio Network (“HRRN”), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, to provide the live radio broadcast for the 2012 Charles Town Classic on April 14.
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  • From the Editor

    Dear Reader: Here’s your magazine. Maybe you just started reading. Maybe you’ve been reading for decades. Maybe you remember the Maryland Horse from all those years ago. Regardless, this is your magazine – literally and figuratively. The one in your hand or on your computer screen belongs to you. And so does the magazine. The Maryland Horse magazine started as a four-pager in 1936 as a means to communicate the news of the state’s breeding and racing industry. Since then, the publication has twisted and turned, meandered and moved to its present incarnation – a regional monthly with page counts in the hundreds. That doesn’t happen without effort, be it performed by original editor Humphrey Finney or the others who skillfully filled the role. Officially, I’m the interim editor (like Vinnie Perrone was for the past few months). In June, the magazine lost Lucy Acton, who joined the staff in 1985 and rose to editor in 2002. Her steady hand guided the writing, editing, producing of a magazine long looked to as a leader in Thoroughbred publishing. She lost a battle with cancer, but not before making sure the disease knew it was in a battle.
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  • The Looper

    Tom Voss sat on a chair outside the tack room at his Saratoga barn. A few feet away, 2010 champion steeplechaser Slip Away stood getting his feet done, rider Paddy Young holding the shank and scratching the big gray's nose. Voss has one of those shedrows in which everyone is usually someone. Not too many unfamiliar names taped to the stall doors.
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  • Recalling Clem Florio's matchless gift for life

    Read Vinnie Perrone's Eclipse Award winning story Recalling Clem Florio’s matchless gift for life from July 2008 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.
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  • Best Magazine Article: A Simply Zensational Breeders' Cup

    Read Sean Clancy's award-winning story A Simply Zen-sational Breeders' Cup from our January 2010 issue.
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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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  • 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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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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