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The Mid-Atlantic was well-represented on the final tallies for the 2011 championships, with multiple horses and humans represented in the results. Notably, Havre de Grace, who spent much of the season at Delaware Park with trainer Larry Jones, was named Horse of the Year and champion older female. In her career, Havre de Grace earned $2,586,175 with multiple Grade 1 wins and placings, including a win in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.

After one start in 2012, a win in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes, Havre de Grace was retired and sold for $10 million to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm at the Keeneland November sale. The dam of four foals to race, she has four winners, including 6-year-old Graceful Princess (Tapit), who won the Molly Pitcher Stakes-G3 last year. Her youngest is a yearling colt by Justify.

  • Ben’s Cat was named 2011 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion older male, turf runner and sprinter. For a horse who broke his pelvis at 2 and didn’t race until he was 4, for a $20,000 claiming price, the gelding clearly didn’t know the odds were against him.

    Out of 63 starts in his career, the son of Parker’s Storm Cat won 32 before he was retired in 2017. Bred, owned and trained by Maryland legend King T. Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat joined the ranks with Heros Reward (2007-08) and Les Arcs (2006) as the only Maryland-breds to be awarded as many divisional titles in one year.

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