The 4th annual Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, shined a light on the state’s Thoroughbred industry.
Outside of family activities that included pony rides, a petting zoo, and live music, the day was highlighted by the four Maryland-bred/sired stakes worth $300,000 in purses — the Find, All Brandy, Miss Disco and Star de Naskra, all named for notable Maryland-bred runners. Three Maryland-bred/sired restricted allowances were also on the 12-race card. And the three open juvenile races offered were all won by Maryland-breds.
Port Lairge Stables’ Tommy Shelby, a 2-year-old son of Super Ninety Nine bred by Country Life Farm and Moon Map Broodmare LLC, captured the second race of the day, a five and a half-furlong starter event by an impressive eight and three-quarter lengths.
In the next race, for maiden 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, Richard L. Golden’s homebred Stickingtogether, a daughter of Great Notion, won by seven lengths in her second start. She is the final foal for the graded stakes-winning Polish Numbers mare Who Did It and Run, who is also the dam Maryland-bred champion Giant Run, stakes winner American Victory and graded stakes-placed Who’s Cozy.
Bred and owned by David Hartman, Greek Sun’s son Jammer stuck it out in the fourth race to win by a head over R. Larry Johnson’s Street Copper in a five and a half-furlong turf allowance. The 5-year-old gelding’s dam is Maryland Million Turf Sprint winner Deliver the Roses.
Taking the fifth was Lynch Racing LLC and Norah B Stable LLC’s Belial, who triumphed by one and a quarter lengths in the one-mile allowance. Bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Dr. Brooke Bowman, Belial is a multiple stakes-placed daughter of the late Tritap.
The sixth race presented another competitive field at five and a half furlongs on the turf, with Louis J. Ulman’s Go Magician Go getting up to win by a neck after a troubled trip. Go Magician Go, a daughter of Street Magician, was also a product of the Bowmans’ broodmare band (bred in partnership by Tom and Chris Bowman, their daughter Rebecca Davis, and R. Larry Johnson out of the Bowman-bred mare Go Lion Go).
The appropriately-named 2-year-old Maryland Bandit swooped in to break his maiden in the 11th race, a five and a half-furlong claimer, by two lengths. A son of Bandbox bred by Jacqueline Louise Paugh, Maryland Bandit was racing for the first time as a gelding. He is co-owned by Ed Frady and Timothy E. Salzman, the latter also his trainer.
The day also honored 2019 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees Social Outcast and Youth with a winner’s circle presentation. Sagamore Farm’s Social Outcast and turf champion Youth were chosen by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Racing Media Association.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Scholarship Fund, a joint venture between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Maryland Racing Media Association, Maryland Jockey Club and various other individual donors, awarded 2019 scholarships to 16 students who had worked in the industry, highlighted by the $6,000 Lucy Acton Memorial Scholarship given to Meghan Delp, and the $6,000 Eddie McMullen Memorial Scholarship to Anthony Rosenthal.