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

Gallorette, one of the greatest runners ever produced in the state, appeared on the cover of the Maryland Horse for the second time in a year. William Brann’s 4-year-old daughter of *Challenger II had just won the Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct over the year-older Stymie.

In coverage of the race in the American Race Horses 1946 volume, it was noted that “Few horses have lost the lead to Stymie and regained it, but Gallorette fought back savagely and won by a neck. . .”

  • Joe Palmer led off the American Trainers Association’s report with “the most important turf event of June was the opening of the new Monmouth Park at Oceanport.”

    Palmer was in New Jersey four days before the opening and based on what he saw thought “it seemed a flat impossibility that it could open at all.” Noting that the track had “one of the most commodious stands in the country,” 18,000 people were in attendance on opening day. “The impression grows that Monmouth Park is in good hands, and that it will be run with a reasonable combination of sporting and commercial sanity,” he wrote. “Amory Haskell and his associates have added a very attractive racing plant to the American racing scene.”

  • Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord was elected president of the Havre de Grace track. In his column “The Racing Scene” Don Reed wrote: “General Reckord’s election appeared to remove all the doubts about Havre de Grace continuing in business. For it is hardly likely that Gen. Reckord would have accepted the post had the owners of the track contemplated an early sale or a discontinuance of racing in the near future.”

    Reckord was the last president of Havre de Grace. Citing competition from Garden State Park, the track ran its last meet in spring 1950. By late 1950 Reckord was pushing for its sale, and 7,700 shares of the track’s stock was sold to the operators of Pimlico and Laurel, which then received Havre de Grace’s dates. Reckord would become president of the Maryland Jockey Club soon after. Also commander of the Maryland National Guard, Reckord later arranged for the sale of the property, for $500,000, to the State of Maryland for a new Guard facility.

  • Preparations for the “1946 Timonium Fair, official State Fair of Maryland,” were underway, with premium books being mailed to breeders and exhibitors in the various fields of horse interest. There would be flat racing and a steeplechase daily each of the 10 days of the fair, which would kick off on Labor Day.

  • Humphrey Finney’s monthly travels included this trip on June 5.

    “Drove up to Delaware Park this morning, arriving in time to lunch with some Pennsylvania breeders who are considering the establishment of a breeders’ organization similar to that in Maryland. It has been a pleasant day, with Delaware’s lovely paddock appreciated to its highest degree.”

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