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William H. LaBoyteaux, the breeder of many winners at his Hop Creek Farm in Holmdel, N.J., died suddenly at his home in New York. Among his homebred stakes winners were Imperatrice and Sopranist, both by his stallion Caruso. A stockholder in the Fasig-Tipton Company, LaBoyteaux regularly consigned his yearlings to the Saratoga sales.

  • Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s eagerly awaited annual list of 2-year-old names was released. Among the gems were Finagle (out of The Schemer), Wire Brush (Rust), Dime (Spare Change), Aviation (Canfli), Brass Band (Parade Girl), Drag (Pansy), Stamp Album (Penny Postal), Final Touch (That’s That) and Minx (Savage Beauty).

    The best runner of the group was top handicap horse Loser Weeper (Discovery—Outdone), who counted among his victories the Vosburgh, Metropolitan and Suburban Handicaps.

  • The possibility that the Maryland Jockey Club might move its historic Pimlico race course to another site was revealed by president Harry A. Parr III.

    In a formal discussion of proposed improvements at the Maryland tracks, Parr declared that MJC had two plans under consideration: “Either we will rebuild an entirely new plant on the present Pimlico site or will move to an entirely new location.”

    The lease on the Pimlico property was to expire in 1949, and according to Parr an effort would be made to acquire the property outright.

  • Maryland-bred winners in November 1946 included a handful of double winners, among them juvenile Pilaster, a gelded son of Virginia sire Pilate bred by H.L. Straus.

    The next year Pilaster won three times before his career took off. From 1948 through 1952, he captured 14 stakes, placed in 15 others and retired with 29 wins from 102 starts for earnings of $259,800.

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