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Peter Fuller–a Breeder With Punch” described the former amateur boxer, Harvard graduate and Cadillac dealer from Boston who won the Jennings Handicap with Half Breed, whom he claimed as a 3-year-old maiden for $9,500. The Polynesian gelding had earnings of $134,012 following the Jennings, and was named the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s champion older horse of 1963.


“Fuller likes to wheel and deal, like an auto man should,” wrote Joe Hickey. “He has come up with some lemons, as everyone in the business long enough must, but in addition to Hillsborough (an earner of $180,742), there have been Pan Dancer, Lucky Uncle and Half Breed.”
While the majority of his mares were kept in New Hampshire, Fuller was participating in the Maryland program. Among his four mares in the state was Noors Image, who was at Sagamore waiting to be bred to Native Dancer.
The result of the breeding of Noors Dancer to Native Dancer in 1964 was the gray Maryland-bred colt Dancer’s Image, a seven-time stakes winner who remains the only horse to be disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby.
The Maryland stallion roster for 1964 boasted the largest number to ever stand in the state, as 143 “were available for duty.”
Noted The Maryland Horse in the form of an admonition: “Think twice before you pick a stallion. Think in terms of quality rather than bargain fees. Remember that even an expensive stud fee is a bargain, if you come up with a runner.” But the editor admited a stud fee doesn’t necessarily indicate quality: “All of us remember when Rough’n Tumble went begging in Maryland at a $250 live foal fee.”
Mrs. Lucien Laurin’s champion 2-year-old Repeating was chosen as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year. The stakes-winning son of Double Jay was bred by Peter Jay and competitive against the best of his generation, including Northern Dancer, Quadrangle and Roman Brother.

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