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Peace Chance, the first proven sire to come to Maryland in years, would stand at Merryland Farm in Hyde, Md., for $500 in 1947. The 1934 Belmont Stakes winner had already sired the winners of such races as the Widener and Brooklyn Handicaps and the Arlington Lassie Stakes and had progeny earnings over $1 million. The 15-year-old stallion was owned by a syndicate consisting of William Labrot, Danny Shea and Ray Bryson.

  • Highlights of the highly successful 13-day meeting put on by the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico were Assault’s decisive score over Stymie in the Pimlico Special, which sealed Horse of the Year honors; Jet Pilot winning the Pimlico Futurity; the one-two performance of Fervent and Faultless in the Walden Stakes for Calumet Farm; and Polynesian’s victory in the Riggs.

  • Cannaday Farm in Sparks, Md., owned by Henry Salsbury and managed throughout its history by G. Harry Cannaday, was sold to Hirsch Jacobs and Isidor Bieber. “Whether or not the farm will become the permanent home of the great horse Stymie is a question that is intriguing Maryland breeders greatly,” it was reported. Harry Cannaday would stay on “for the time being” as manager.

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