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Famed Chesapeake City, Md., breeder Allaire duPont decided, reluctantly, to liquidate part of her foal crop, and set up a three-year agreement with Virginian L. Clay Camp, who would pay cash for half of that year’s weanlings, prep them at his Glenmore Farm near Keswick, and sell at Saratoga the following summer.

“Usually we wind up with about 14 to 16 Saratoga-class weanlings,” said Camp, noting that “we are interested in only her best horses.”

A horseman his entire life, Camp was born in South Carolina but his family lived for generations in Virginia. He and his wife Barbara purchased 1,000-acre Glenmore in 1958, stood three stallions (Bronze Babu, Gun Shot and High Finance) and had 65 stalls on the property. “It was in 1958 that Barbara and I decided we’d get into the sales business,” recalled one of the country’s most successful pinhookers.

  • Maryland-bred Tuscalee established an all-time American steeplechasing record when getting his 32nd win at the Deep Run hunt meeting in Richmond, Va. Alfred H. Smith’s homebred, trained by J. Leiter Aitcheson and ridden by the trainer’s son, Joe Aitcheson, broke the record of another Maryland-bred, Elkridge, who won 31 races from 1941 through 1951.

    Tuscalee extended his record to 39 before he retired in 1972. Champion steeplechaser of 1966, he joined Elkridge and Joe Aitcheson in racing’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

  • In his first start of 1971, champion 2-year-old Hoist the Flag romped by 15 lengths in an allowance at Bowie.

    The early Triple Crown favorite, owned by Mrs. Stephen Clark Jr. and trained by Sidney Watters Jr., ran the fastest 7 furlongs ever by a 3-year-old in New York in the Bay Shore Stakes next out. The son of Tom Rolfe, who never finished behind a horse in his six starts (he was disqualified once), shattered a hind leg in a training accident that spring and was saved for stud duty. He became a major sire standing at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.

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