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William Woodward, owner of historic Belair Stud near Bowie, Md., bred and owned one of the top 2-year-olds in England in 1947,  Black Tarquin, winner of the 177th running of Gimcrack Stakes at York. Following tradition, the winning owner was guest of honor of a dinner at York, at which he is asked “to ‘ventilate his mind’ on such matters pertaining to the turf as may engage his fancy.”

Unable to attend in person, Woodward sent a lengthy speech to be read, which included a “sketch of American racing” as well reiterating his suggestion to the British Turf that the English General Stud Book should recognize the American Stud Book. Chairman of The Jockey Club from 1930-50, Woodward was instrumental in convincing England’s leaders to repeal the Jersey Act, which for more than three decades kept many American horses out of the General Stud Book as purebred Thoroughbreds. He was elected an honorary member of the British Jockey Club in 1950. 

  • The Maryland Horse Breeders Association prepared train shipments of broodmares to Kentucky, to be covered by stallions for the 1948 breeding season. The MHBA arranged for the car, feed, help, supplies, etc. In 1947, 15 carloads were handled by the association between Baltimore and Lexington, and one to Los Angeles.

  • Sixteen stallions joined the 1948 Maryland roster, which reached a new high of 60. Arrivals included Jack High, a brilliant racer and good sire, to Holly Beach Farm; New Moon, winner of many stakes and best son of Discovery; and dual Futurity winner Occupy – the latter two to Sagamore Farm.


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