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Maryland-bred colt Knicks Go an Eclipse Award finalist

Knicks Go, the gray Maryland-bred colt who burst on the scene in the fall of 2018, has been named a finalist for the Eclipse Award Two-Year-Old Male division. The Eclipse Awards recognize excellence in Thoroughbred racing, and Knicks Go showcased his talent when leading the field of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 at Churchill Downs down the stretch before finishing second to Game Winner, another of the finalists. Winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity in his prior start, Knicks Go recorded two wins during the year and was on the board in four of his six starts to earn $672,515.

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Elevated Vision wins stakes debut in Politely

D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock Inc.’s Elevated Vision capped off her 3-year-old campaign with a victory over older rivals in the $75,000 Politely Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired fillies and mares on Dec. 29, the final Saturday card of the year at Laurel Park. Making just her fifth career start and first in stakes company, the bay filly trained by Phil Schoenthal recorded her third win by posting the 38-1 upset.

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Alwaysmining Keeps the Streak Alive in $100,000 Heft

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining continued his winning streak as he gained the lead from his inside post at the start and held on for a one and a half-length score in the $100,000 Heft Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Kelly Rubley trainee turned back favorite Win Win Win, who launched a bid around the final turn and down the stretch but couldn’t get reel in the leader.

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Maryland Juvenile Futurity goes to Alwaysmining

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining charged to the lead at the start and was never threatened en route to a two and a half-length score in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 8, defeating stakes winners Our Braintrust and Scrap Copper, who finished second and third.

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Laki returns with success in the Bender Memorial

Hillside Equestrian Meadows’ Laki, returning from a break since his runner-up finish in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash-G3 on Sept. 22, trumped the competition in a half-length win over runner-up Rockinn On Bye in the $75,000 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial at Laurel Park on Dec. 8. Favorite Lewisfield, who set the early pace, finished third in the stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired runners.

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Victory Rally takes Geisha for first stakes win

Richard Golden’s Victory Rally, facing stakes competition for the first time, added her name to the growing list of stakes winners in her family when she rode the rail under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. and splashed home a gutsy neck winner over Another Broad in the $75,000 Geisha Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 24.

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Blamed records first graded win in Comely

Cleber Massey’s Blamed recorded her fourth stakes win of the year, and first in graded company, when leading every step of the 69th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, Nov. 23 at Aqueduct.

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