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Salt Spray boasted 3-year-old stakes winner Deep Cut from his first crop of just five offspring. A New Jersey-bred colt owned by Colonial Farm and trained by Joe Kulina, Deep Cut won Monmouth Park’s Long Branch Stakes, shattering the track’s 1-mile turf course record. Salt Spray was one of John Manfuso’s four stallions standing at Osufnam (Manfuso spelled backwards) Farm near Westminster, Md.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Janney Jr.’s Locust Hill Farm won two stakes within eight days when Icecapade captured the $50,000-added Saranac in near record time at Aqueduct, and On Your Toes followed in Delaware Park’s $25,000-added Brandywine Turf Handicap. The first-time stakes winners were both by Maryland stallions (Nearctic and Restless Native, respectively), but only On Your Toes was foaled at the Janneys’ Glyndon, Md., farm.

    Explaining why Icecapade was foaled in Kentucky, Janney said: “We had a season to Bold Ruler for Icecapade’s dam [Shenanigans, by Native Dancer] that year, and we didn’t want to take any chances. So instead of letting her foal here, we sent her to Kentucky so that she’d be in the best shape possible when it came time to breed her to Bold Ruler.”

  • Maryland-bred Iberia was named Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Iberia (*Heliopolis—War East, by Easton), dam of Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Riva Ridge and additional stakes winners Hydrologist and Potomac, was bred by Larry MacPhail and foaled in 1954 at his Glenangus Farm near Bel Air. Christopher T. Chenery purchased Iberia for $15,000 from MacPhail at the Saratoga yearling sale.

  • Lead Me On, champion Maryland-bred in the 1971 filly and mare division, was retired by her owner, Mrs. Gordon Rust. The 5-year-old daughter of Native Dancer and Tempted, trained by Henry Clark, was to be bred to Cyane. His owner, who raced under the name of Mooring Stable, was a sister of Jane duPont Lunger, who campaigned Cyane with her husband Harry in the name of their Christiana Stables.

    Lead Me On dealt with ankle trouble, which hastened her retirement, but she won eight times in 32 starts over four seasons (including a 16-start campaign in 1971). Her Cyane foal became Grade 3 winner Tell Me All.

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