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Stretch-running Phalanx won the Belmont Stakes for C.V. Whitney. A son of Virginia sire Pilate out of the *Jacopo mare Jacola, the colt was bred in Virginia by Abram S. Hewitt.

Phalanx was named champion 3-year-old colt after winning five stakes that year, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He retired in 1949 with 13 wins from 41 starts, eight stakes wins, 15 stakes-placings, and earnings of $409,275.

  • The Maryland Racing Commission saw a change in leadership with George P. Mahoney no longer being a member of the organization, and Stuart S. Janney Jr. stepping in as chairman.

    Over three pages, writer Don Reed recounted the list of questions racing enthusiasts had for the commission as he considered the previous seasons and determined which rules were good for the organization and which ones should be changed.

  • Kenneth N. Gilpin, born a Marylander but a longtime Virginian by adoption, died suddenly at the age of 57. A former M.F.H., long interested in Thoroughbred breeding and racing, he was best known as one of the importers of the great French sire *Teddy, who stood five seasons at Kentmere, the Gilpin stud in Boyce. He was also president of the Virginia Horsemen’s Association for a number of years.

    Gilpin bought Fasig-Tipton Company, at which he sold yearlings for 25 years, from Mrs. E.J. Tranter and had great plans for its expansion and development, which would be carried on by his eldest son, M. Tyson Gilpin, who was to take his father’s place in the sales company.

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