Maryland Breeder of the Year: SAGAMORE FARM
Sagamore Farm led all breeders of Maryland-breds by earnings in 2019, with a big boost provided by 2019 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 2-year-old filly and champion turf runner Sharing. The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1 and two other races in four starts, the Speightstown filly earned $730,300.
Sharing was one of three stakes winners bred by Sagamore last year. Graded stakes-winning Blamed, the Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly of 2018, returned at 4 to take the Grade 3 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park in one of her two starts in 2019. And Sagamore campaigned home-bred Where Paradise Lay, winner of his stakes debut last August in the Star de Naskra for 3-year-old Maryland-breds at Laurel. Sagamore-bred runners made 219 starts in 2019, won 34, with 36 seconds and 36 thirds, and earned more than $2 million.
Maryland Broodmare of the Year: TAFT LIL QUEEN
Ch.m., 1995, by Irish Open—Eston, by Ancestral (Ire)
Owned by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes
Taft Lil Queen has left a lasting mark as the dam of two Maryland-bred champions, a million-dollar sales horse and 2019 Maryland Broodmare of the Year. Owned by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes her entire broodmare career, from 2001 until her death in 2015, Taft Lil Queen was represented in 2019 by stakes winner and $407,156-earner Pete’s Play Call (by Munnings), her final foal.
The McGinneses purchased the stakes-winning daughter of Irish Open from an Adena Springs sale in 2001 for $48,000 while carrying her first foal. Her most accomplished runner is four-time stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Kiss to Remember (by Big Brown), the champion Maryland-bred older female of 2015 and 2016. She is also the dam of El Viento (by El Corredor), champion 2-year-old colt in Puerto Rico and co-champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old male of 2005, and two stakes performers by Not For Love – stakes-winning juvenile filly For Royalty and multiple stakes-placed The Prince. For Royalty was sold in the name of the McGinneses’ Thornmar farm as a yearling for $250,000, a record price for the breeders, and as a broodmare sold for $2.1 million at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. She is the dam of four stakes performers from five to race, led by Grade 1-winning filly Constellation, who brought $3.15 million at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky fall sale while carrying her first foal. Another of Taft Lil Queen’s daughters, winner Kiss the Breeze (by Kafwain), is the dam of stakes winner Kiss the Daddy.
Maryland Stallion of the Year: GREAT NOTION
B.h., 2000, by Elusive Quality—Evening Primrose, by Dayjur. Stands at Northview Stallion Station, Chesapeake City.
For the fourth year in a row, Great Notion has been named Maryland Stallion of the Year. He led all stallions in the state by earnings, winners and wins.
Great Notion sired 94 runners last year, the earners of $3,195,902 (for an average of $33,999 per runner), and his 55 winners won 103 races. He was represented by three stakes winners, led by 2019 Maryland-bred champion sprinter Lewisfield, and Anna’s Bandit, tied for the winningest horse in the U.S. and winner of seven stakes last year.
Now 20, the son of Elusive Quality has made his career at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.
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