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10 years ago (September 2008)

 “Maryland Stallion Station overcomes the odds” was the headline about the challenges of growth of one of the newest, and busiest, stud farms in the region. Despite a tough economy, indications were that the operation on the “handsome, immaculately tended 99-acre facility in Maryland’s Worthington Valley, overlooking historic Sagamore Farm” was on the rise, with 2008 having been its best breeding season yet, as eight stallions covered 378 mares, 21 more than the year before despite a dwindling broodmare population in the state.

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25 years ago (September 1993)

 Julie Krone, the first (and still only) woman rider to win a Triple Crown race when guiding Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes-G1 that June, was also the leading Maryland Million rider. Her eight wins in five years gave her a two-win advantage over Kent Desormeaux. 

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50 years ago (September 1968)

 The Fasig-Tipton Company and Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Eastern Fall Yearling Sale was approaching, and among those expected to attend was Judy Johnson. Earlier in the year Johnson became the first woman to saddle a Preakness starter when she sent out Sir Beau in the classic. She had purchased Sir Beau for $4,500, and by late summer of his 3-year-old season, the multiple stakes winner had earnings of more than $81,000.

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75 years ago (September 1943)

 

Maryland’s 1943 fall stakes schedule, combining the Havre de Grace, Laurel, Pimlico and Bowie meetings, had 29 stakes listed for the 30-day meet to run from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13 at Pimlico. There was nearly a stakes a day, with the headliner the $25,000 invitation-only Pimlico Special on Oct. 30.

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10 years ago (August 2008)

Delaware native Rick Porter talked about the extreme highs and lows as an owner with writer Sean Clancy. In his 15 years in the business, the highs were stratospheric, with a Breeders’ Cup win in the Distaff with Round Pond, a Grade 1 Alabama victory with Jostle, and classic-placed multi-millionaire Hard Spun. But the tragedy of Eight Belles after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby-G1 was haunting. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to go on,” said Porter of continuing the stable, but he discussed it with family, friends and trainer Larry Jones. “You try to talk it out and get it off your chest, try not to keep it inside and gradually. . . you’ll never forget it, just somehow you keep going,” he acknowledged. 

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25 years ago (August 1993)

 John E. Mooney ended an eight-year post as general manager of Delaware Park to become senior vice-president and general manager of Laurel and Pimlico. 

Mooney’s hiring was part of an executive shuffle at the Maryland tracks. James P. Mango, formerly in charge of day-to-day operations, was named senior vice-president/development and mutuels. Glenn Petty came on board as a consultant regarding plans for a Maryland/Virginia racing circuit. 

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  1. 50 years ago (August 1968)
  2. 75 years ago (August 1943)
  3. 10 years ago (July 2008)
  4. 25 years ago (July 1993)
  5. 50 years ago (July 1968)
  6. 75 years ago (July 1943)
  7. 10 years ago: June 2008
  8. 25 years ago: June 1993
  9. 50 years ago: June 1968
  10. 75 years ago: June 1943
  11. 75 years ago: May 1943
  12. 50 years ago: May 1968
  13. 10 years ago: May 2008
  14. 25 years ago: May 1993
  15. Looking Back: November
  16. Looking Back: July 2004
  17. February 1939
  18. February 1964
  19. February 1989
  20. February 2004
  21. January 1939
  22. Looking Back January 1964
  23. Looking Back January 1989
  24. Looking Back January 2004
  25. Looking Back October 1988
  26. Looking Back October 1963
  27. Looking Back October 2003
  28. Looking Back September 1963
  29. Looking Back September 1988
  30. Looking Back September 2003
  31. Looking Back August 1963
  32. Looking Back August 1988
  33. Looking Back August 2003
  34. Looking Back July 1963
  35. Looking Back July 1988
  36. Looking Back July 2003
  37. Looking Back June 2003
  38. Looking Back June 1988
  39. Looking Back June 1963
  40. Looking Back May 1963
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  42. Looking Back May 2003
  43. Looking Back April 1963
  44. Looking Back April 1988
  45. Looking Back April 2003
  46. Looking Back March 1963
  47. Looking Back March 1988
  48. Looking Back March 2003
  49. Looking Back January 1963
  50. Looking Back January 1988
  51. Looking Back January 2003
  52. Looking Back December 1962
  53. Looking Back December 1987
  54. Looking Back December 2002
  55. Looking Back November 1962
  56. Looking Back November 1987
  57. Looking Back November 2002
  58. Looking Back—October 1962
  59. Looking Back—October1987
  60. Looking Back—October 2002
  61. Missing detail from Looking Back 25 years ago
  62. Looking Back September 1962
  63. Looking Back September 1987
  64. Looking Back September 2001
  65. Looking Back August 1962
  66. Looking Back August 1987
  67. Looking Back August 2002
  68. Looking Back July 1962
  69. Looking Back July 1987
  70. Looking Back July 2002
  71. Looking Back June 1962
  72. Looking Back June 1987
  73. Looking Back June 2002
  74. Looking Back May 1962
  75. Looking Back May 1987
  76. Looking Back May 2002
  77. Looking Back-Maryland Hunt Cup
  78. Looking Back April 1987
  79. Looking Back April 1962
  80. Looking Back 10 years ago April 2002
  81. Looking Back April 1962
  82. Looking Back 10 years ago this month
  83. Looking Back 25 years ago this month
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