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Havre de Grace was undergoing changes and improvements “which should make the layout much more attractive to its patrons when the sport is resumed.” Improvements to the track, idle the past two years, “eliminates all doubts concerning the future of the track,” wrote Don Reed. “There had been many who, believing that Havre de Grace faced very stern opposition in New Jersey after the war, were fearful that the famed course might never operate again.” The track built by Edward Burke opened in 1912.

  • G. Ray Bryson sold Elberton Hill Farm, the 150-acre Harford County, Maryland, property, to Major Albert Warner of California’s Warner Bros. studio. Warner’s trainer A.G. “Bob” Robertson was to use the farm in connection with the owner’s East Coast racing operation Warbern Stable. It was reported that Bryson and Robertson, between them, will continue to manage the establishment.

  • Among the year’s early Maryland-bred foals were a Feb. 14 Whirlaway filly out of Imperatrice bred by W.H. LaBoyteaux and foaled at Stadacona Farm, and a *Challenger II filly out of Gallette foaled Feb. 9 at breeder William L. Brann’s Glade Valley Farm.
    The Gallette filly named Gallita wasn’t as good a racehorse as Imperatrice’s daughter, eventual Coaching Club American Oaks winner Scattered, but became a phenomenal producer. When bred to *Nasrullah, she produced 1957 2-year-old champion Nadir as well as the influential broodmare Gal I Love. Descendants include champion Wonder Gadot and her Grade 1-winning half-sister Hard Not to Love.

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