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Since taking over the 256-acre Worthington Farms that fall, J.W.Y. “Duck” and Glennie Martin were making it known they were interested in breaking and boarding horses on the estate perhaps best known as the site of the Maryland Hunt Cup. A five-way partnership purchased the farm – Glennie’s parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Louis Reynolds, Duck’s mother Mrs. Gary Black, plus Duck and Glennie, who would live there and supervise it. Three stallions would stand there the next season – Ambernash, owned by Glennie’s uncle Richard Reynolds, Pied d’Or and Yes You Will. The Martins didn’t own any racehorses.

  • MH 196911 026The Maryland Horse Breeders Association held its third annual Farm Tour, with a dozen farms opening their gates and charging $1 admission to adults and 50 cents for children. The $2,500 in receipts were donated to the broodmare pregnancy test experiment under development at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine. Among the farms participating were Windfields, Sagamore, Woodstock, Merryland, Country Life and Larking Hill.

  • Two sons of *Rasper II were to stand the next season in Maryland in Chesapeake City. Windfields Farm and Woodstock Farm purchased and syndicated Rambunctious, sire of the top-class 2-year-old Rollicking, who would join Northern Dancer, Impressive, Royal Orbit and others at Windfields.

    Rock Talk, a four-time stakes winner who won 14 times in his 29-start career, was retired to stand at Ballinderry Farm. The 5-year-old was bred by Mrs. Joseph J. Walker and foaled at the former Maryland Stallion Station, now home to Windfields.

  • The Thoroughbred Club of America bestowed its highest honor upon Humphrey S. Finney, former Maryland Horse Breeders Association field secretary and founder of The Maryland Horse. The annual award, first presented in 1932, had a who’s who of industry giants as recipients, including Joseph E. Widener, William Woodward Sr., Warren Wright Sr., Alfred G. Vander­bilt, E.P. Taylor and Leslie Combs II.

  • Edward A. Christmas, one of the great names among American trainers, died at the age of 65. The Maryland native had retired four years earlier after suffering a stroke. His best runner was William Brann’s Gallorette, one of the greatest race mares in history.

 

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