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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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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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A brief history of the Maryland-bred champions

For more than half of the first part of the 20th century, the best runners to come out of Maryland were glorified, eagerly followed and granted a lot of press. But they were never officially honored. That changed with the runners of 1962 when the editorial staff of The Maryland Horse selected the “best” of the year and published a “poll” in the January 1963 issue. Led by writer and magazine researcher Joe Hickey, with assistance of editor Snowden Carter and the magazine’s business manager Louise Pascal, six divisional winners (2-year-old male and female, 3-year-old male and female, older male and steeplechaser) and Horse of the Year honors were bestowed.

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First Blofeld foal arrives at Murmur Farm

The first foal for Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld was born on March 1 at the farm in Darlington, Md., when David Baxter’s mare Stormin Casey delivered a chestnut filly. The other nine foals out of the In Case mare are all winners.

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Holy Boss has first U.S. foals on the ground

The first U.S. foal for Grade 2 stakes-winning sprinter Holy Boss was born Jan. 28 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. The bay filly out of the Kipling mare Kip Berries was bred by Lady Olivia At North Cliff.

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