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Leading Maryland breeder William Brann got his third win in the rich Maryland Futurity when 1938 winner Challedon’s full sister Challadette (*Challenger II—Laura Gal, by *Sir Gallahad III) captured the 1945 running. It was the first time a brother and sister had won the race.

The second-leading sire in the country, *Challenger II sired his fourth winner of the race (the others were Challamore and Vincentive). Another of his 1945 2-year-olds was multiple stakes-placed Bridal Flower. He was also the sire of top 3-year-old filly Gallorette.

Challadette won that year’s Marguerite Stakes at Pimlico over Bridal Flower, but Bridal Flower had a much better career. She was named the nation’s champion filly the next year and won or placed in 18 stakes while earning $222,055.

  • Bobanet Stable, one of the newer operations in Maryland, led all stables during the Laurel fall meet, over such formidable opposition as Calumet Farm, Brookmeade Stable, Christiana Stable as well as William Brann, Gustave Ring and H.L. Straus. The horses competed for Robert Bruce Livie, for years an important figure in Baltimore’s automobile industry. The stable name was a combination of his first name and that of his wife Annette. Among their stable stars were 2-year-old Marine Victory (a three-time stakes winner including Belmont Park’s Champagne Stakes), 3-year-old Bobanet and 4-year-old Gay Bit.

    Calumet Farm did take a major stakes at Laurel when Armed won the historic Washington Handicap. Just weeks earlier he had been second to Gay Bit in the Havre de Grace Handicap.

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