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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
Three Maryland owned Derby/Preakness eligibles were being watched with interest.
Gay Bit, owned by Bruce Livie’s Bobanet Stable, a winner of seven straight before getting a break, was the favorite going into the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Mrs. H.J. Mohr’s Royal Prince, one of Maryland’s top juveniles, was back in training. And Director J. E., owned by Ella K. Bryson, was also a multiple stakes winner at 2. An offer of $75,000 had recently been rejected for the colt at Hialeah Park.
Attempts by federal lawmakers to amend existing income tax laws in a manner which would threaten the existence of the horse breeding industry brought about the creation of a national organization of horse breeders. Named the American Horse Council, the organization was created after a meeting of more than 60 horsemen from 18 states who met in Miami, Fla., that January. All light breeds of horses were to be represented by AHC, with items such as a complete horse census, medical research as it applies to horses and encouragement of horse production high on the agenda. Noted editor Snowden Carter: “This could be the most progressive step taken by American horse breeders since founding the stud book.”
One day before the Jan. 21 deadline, Joe De Francis announced he would buy out the stock owned by his estranged partners Bob and Tom Manfuso, thereby maintaining ownership control of Laurel and Pimlico.
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.