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“I said, ‘You can fire me, but I think this is a good buy.’ ”
Racing manager Joe Cassidy, on convincing owner Greg Bentley
to buy Alwaysmining (now a multiple stakes winner of $536,442) in 2018
“He had speed. He could run at Keeneland and not get beat too badly there, but it was more because he was a Maryland-bred. We could get lucky, like we did, but if we didn’t he could run for $35,000 or whatever and get a piece here and there in a Maryland-bred race.”
Cassidy, on the reason he lobbied for the purchase
As the winner’s circle filled up with well-wishers after Grams Racing Stable’s Runnin’toluvya captured the $300,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic for state-bred 3-year-olds and up in front-running style, it appeared as though trainer Tim Grams wasn’t going to join the celebration, but he ended up taking the long way back.
Joe Davies thought himself a competent amateur steeplechase jockey in 1983 so when Joy Slater went down with a broken collarbone a week before the Maryland Hunt Cup, Davies made a phone call. “Mrs. Fanning, you don’t know who I am but I sure would like to ride Cancottage,” he said.
Trainer Jill Fanning, whose English-bred horse was bidding for his third victory in the race, didn’t really hesitate.
“Well, I already have Charlie Fenwick lined up, but you sound like a nice young boy and if you’re interested you could ride the pony and take Cancottage to the start for us.”
“Wow.” Ivan Dowling has grown accustomed to that reaction when people first set eyes on Pa Pa Da. Dowling, huntsman for the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy (Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds) in Unionville, Pa., felt the same way 12 years ago when he drove to a Maryland farm to pick up the huge bay gelding.
The Maryland Million never disappoints. Every year, since its founding in 1986, the state’s signature day of Thoroughbred racing – sorry Preakness – delivers something. There can be poignancy, magic, a few tears, redemption, rookie success, long-overdue wins and everything in between.
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/ The Racing Biz poll of the top Mid-Atlantic-breds of the year
The poll is conducted by media members and others involved in the Thoroughbred industry and restricted to horses who have run in 2020 and were bred in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the Carolinas.