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The first running of the Pimlico Breeders’ Stakes, a 4 1/2-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies foaled in Maryland, hosted a field of 11. Mrs. E. duPont Weir saw her colors run one-two in the stakes, as trainer James E. Ryan sent out Christmastide to win over Eireann by a little more than a length.

  • Stanley Sagner’s Saggy, purchased by the Baltimorean as a yearling at the previous year’s Maryland Fall Sales, was undefeated in five starts, which included setting a world’s record for 4 1/2 furlongs at Havre de Grace in the Aberdeen Stakes and capturing the Ral Parr Stakes at Pimlico. The son of Swing and Sway appeared on the June cover.

  • Bayard Sharp’s Lieut. Well, ridden and trained by William Passmore, turned in a sparkling performance in his first start of the year to win the 2-mile Jervis Spencer Steeplechase Handicap at Pimlico.

  • Three dozen Thoroughbred breeders, all Marylanders except for a lone Delaware competitor, gathered on the Pimlico lawn to present their group of yearlings to judge Max Hirsch at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s annual yearling show. Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s chestnut colt by Discovery out of Bright View (by Brilliant) took the blue ribbon in the first class (colts foaled in Maryland from mares covered in Maryland) and subsequently was chosen as champion.

    The next day Hirsch sent out King Ranch’s Assault and But Why Not to win the Dixie and Pimlico Oaks, respectively.

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