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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
Bobby Lillis may be physically small, as he measures just 60 inches. But he stands tall and, like Secretariat, he has an outsized heart.
Most days, he sits at his aging desk in a cramped office inside the building that houses the backstretch cafeteria at Laurel Park. He has two titles – executive director of the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Foundation (MHAF) and director of benefits for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) – and his door is always open.
Big stride, nice eye, great walk, enough pedigree to make people notice . . . so where are all the potential buyers? If history is any indicator, they’re a few stalls down the shedrow or in the next barn looking at a horse who worked a fraction of a second faster at the breeze show.
The 100-year anniversary of the first running of the Maryland Hunt Cup was celebrated, with Margaret Worrall digging up nuggets of history about the race that was created when “one zealous group of foxhunters challenged a neighboring coterie of similar competitive spirits to determine whose foxhunting horse could jump the best and run the fastest.” The race was open to members of the Elkridge Foxhunting Club and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, racing colors were worn, the distance was approximately 4 miles over natural hunting country with no artificial obstacles, and the winner received a silver cup.
Northview PA in Peach Bottom was ready for its first breeding season, having completed an eight-stall stallion barn, 20-stall broodmare barn, breeding shed and office, and fencing around much of the 177 acres that used to be corn fields in fertile Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. First-year stallion Fairbanks, a son of Giant’s Causeway, was joined by Congressionalhonor, Love of Money, Medallist and Partner’s Hero for Northview’s new venture.
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.