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 Looking Back

This month in mid-atlantic thoroughbred history! For Looking Back archives click here.

10 Years Ago: September 2011

“Evans dispersal marks an epic chance to bid, and to bid farewell” was the headline as more than 200 horses from one of the nation’s most iconic farms prepared to go through the Keeneland September and November sales. The Edward P. Evans dispersal was one of the largest for a major breeder in history, and a rare opportunity to acquire members of numerous prominent families –descendants of generations of Evans’ selective practices.

25 Years Ago: September 1996

Cigar’s win streak came to a halt at 16 in the $1 million Pacific Classic-G1, when longshot Dare and Go benefitted from a speed duel between his stablemate Siphon (Brz) and Cigar as they flew 6 furlongs in 1:09.29 and a mile in 1:33.66, which left little in the tank for the champion in the last quarter-mile. The final time for the 11⁄4 miles was 1:59.85. Cigar added to his North American earnings title, finishing second pushed him over $9 million.

50 Years Ago: September 1971

The growth of Maryland’s Thoroughbred breeding industry was on display at Saratoga, when 20 yearlings bred in the state sold for an average of $31,910; the sale’s overall average was $30,541 – a new Saratoga record.

75 Years Ago: September 1946

Mrs. H. Lebowitz, of Newark, N.J., won Atlantic City’s All American Handicap with the 4-year-old Maryland-bred colt Turbine, trained by P. DaLee Watts. Bred by Mrs. Danny Shea, Turbine completed the 1 3/16 miles in 1:57 3/5.

10 Years Ago: August 2011

George and Lori Hall of Rumson, N.J., struck paydirt with Ruler On Ice, the 25-1 longshot winner of the $1 million Belmont Stakes-G1; Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom finished sixth after a disastrous start; Preakness winner Shackleford tired to finish fifth.

25 Years Ago: August 1996

A presentation at the American Horse Council Convention on “selling the industry” by George Michael, a well-known sportscaster in Washington, D.C., and host of the syndicated George Michael’s Sports Machine, prompted editor Tim Capps to look at marketing in the horse industry, and the multiple failed attempts, including advertising and promotions.

50 Years Ago: August 1971

George Strawbridge Jr. got his first stakes win on the flat with the German-bred import *Wustenchef when the 6-year-old gelding won Delaware Park’s Sussex Turf Handicap over One For All.

75 Years Ago: August 1946

“The racing world is on the move and Maryland must move with it,” noted Don Reed in response to competition from New Jersey’s new tracks – Monmouth Park and Atlantic City. Adding in Garden State, New Jersey would have racing from June 1 through the end of October. Toss in Delaware Park and conflicts were inevitable. “The problem is not an easy one to solve, even if everyone connected with the turf in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey was ready and willing to cooperate,” wrote Reed. “Since such a whole-hearted support to any plan hardly can be expected, the problem therefore becomes even more difficult of solution.”

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