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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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Hall of Famer Good Night Shirt passes away at 18

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning steeplechase champion and National Hall of Famer Good Night Shirt passed away on Oct. 13 following a bout of colic at his trainer Jack Fisher’s farm in Monkton. The chestnut Maryland-bred gelding was 18.

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Maryland sees double-digit increase in 2019 Maryland-sired foals

Maryland stallions had the highest percentage of increase in the nation of live foals produced in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to The Jockey Club’s recently released 2018 Breeding Statistics. Among the top 10 states and provinces based on mares covered in 2018, Maryland was one of only three states to see an increase in production.


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Maryland-breds at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale

This year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale was highlighted by 11 horses selling for six figures, including four Maryland-breds, on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.

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