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Maryland Breeding Industry 2018 Breeders’ Cup connections - Maryland Horse Breeders Association

Knicks Go (Race 9: Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, MD-bred)
Distant Shore (Race 4: Street Sense S, MD-bred)

Still Having Fun (Race 2: Cherokee Run S, MD-bred)
Ruby Notion (Race 4: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, MD-sired) 

Knicks Go, a 2-year-old colt by Paynter out of Outflanker’s Maryland-bred daughter Kosmo’s Buddy, will run from the 10th post position in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 on Friday, Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs. Trained by Ben Colebrook, the colt known for beating the odds was bred and raised by Sabrina Moore. He was purchased by his current owner, KRA Stud Farm, at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $87,000, after selling as a weanling at Keeneland November for $40,000.

Knicks Go boasts two firsts out of four careers starts, debuting on top in a maiden special weight at Ellis Park in July. More recently, he defied his 70-1 odds in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity-G1 at Keeneland on Oct. 6, where he won his spot in Friday’s big race.

Distant Shore, a 2-year-old colt by Algorithms out of Maryland-bred Glimpse (by Touch Gold), will run from the rail in the $100,000 Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 2. Trained by Thomas M. Amoss, the colt was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes and purchased by his current owner, Churchill Downs Racing Club, at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2018 Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Out of two career starts, Distant Shore made his debut capturing a maiden special weight at Indiana Grand Race Course in August, followed by a second in the Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington in September, finishing near five lengths ahead of Knicks Go, who finished third.

Still Having Fun, a 3-year-old colt by Old Fashioned out of Maryland-bred Casual Kiss (by Dehere), will run from the 11th post position in the $200,000 Cherokee Run Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 3. The colt was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes and Tim Keefe, who is also his trainer. He was purchased by Terp Racing for $12,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2016 Eastern Fall Yearling Sale and now races for Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing.

Still Having Fun boasts four wins out of 10 career starts with a total of $451,203 in career earnings. He made his debut in November 2017, winning a waiver maiden claimer at Laurel Park. His career highlights include a victory in the Woody Stephens Stakes-G2 at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day in June and the Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes this past January and Miracle Wood Stakes in February, both at Laurel Park, as well as two seconds in stakes, including the Chick Lang on Preakness Day.

Ruby Notion, a 5-year-old West Virginia-bred mare by Great Notion out of Modena Bay (NZ), will run from the rail in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint-G1 at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 3. Bred and owned by Silverton Hill Farm, LLC, the filly is trained by Darrin Miller.

The filly has six firsts out of 14 career starts with a total of $426,928 in earnings. Ruby Notion made her debut with a victory in a maiden claimer at Churchill Downs in May 2015. Her 2018 highlights include wins in the Caress Stakes at Saratoga in July and, last out, in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes-G3 in September.

Her sire, Great Notion, currently stands as Maryland’s leading sire with 55 winners out of 94 runners, seven stakes winners, with progeny earnings of $3,222,346 so far in 2018. Ruby Notion is his leading earner this year.

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