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The conclusion of World War II after the surrender of Japan led to rejoicing and plans to return to normal. That included the racing world, but it was decided that the combined fall meets of Bowie, Havre de Grace, Laurel and Pimlico would be adhered to on the same cooperative basis as in recent years.

  • An introduction of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s 15 directors was provided as a service to members. The list of farm owners, breeders, trainers, riders, industry officials and innovators included one woman, Mrs. Robert H. Heighe, of Harford County. Ann Heighe had a successful racing stable of homebreds, stood stallions and foaled her mares at her Prospect Hill Farm in Bel Air. Her bio stated: “Fearless in her opinions and deeply interested in her stable and stud farm, Mrs. Heighe is well qualified to hold her position of leading turfwoman in Maryland.”

    Among the younger members on the board was public trainer John H.C. Forbes. The Harford Countian by birth had been associated with pony and horse shows, and racing and hunting since childhood. It was noted that he was at present “holding down a job of war production while his thoroughly competent wife, the former Nancy Shakespeare, is training the Forbes stable.”

  • Fasig-Tipton staged the Eastern yearling sale at Meadow Brook Club at Westbury, Long Island, and introduced George Swinebroad as auctioneer and Humphrey S. Finney as announcer. William Helis paid the top price of $35,000 for Nydrie Stud’s Blue Larkspur colt. Finney noted “Meadow Brook is a delightful location for a sale, but it is not Saratoga. . .”

  • The flashy chestnut filly by Whirlaway out of the high-class stakes winner Imperatrice was attracting considerable interest at Stadacona Farm in Glyndon, Md. She was bred by New Jersey breeder W.H. Laboyteaux.

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