The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce Ned Allard as the judge of its 89th Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held Sunday, July 23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds' Horse Show Ring in Timonium.
A native of Tenafly, N.J, Allard got his start in the business working for trainer George Handy in New England in the late 1950s. In 1970, he opened his own stable at the now-defunct Lincoln Downs in Rhode Island.
Among the notable horses trained by Allard is racing Hall of Famer Mom's Command. Owned by Peter Fuller, Mom's Command won the "Triple Tiara" for fillies in 1985, sweeping her way through the Acorn Stakes, the Mother Goose Stakes, and the Coaching Club American Oaks. For her accomplishments, she was voted the champion 3-year-old filly that season. Other notable horses trained by Allard include graded stakes winners Miss Indy Anna, Friel's for Real and Always Sunshine.
In 1989, Allard relocated his stable to the Mid-Atlantic, and is currently based at Delaware Park. He's won 2,773 races in his career with purse earnings of more than $41.5 million.
"I've trained a lot of nice horses and it's been a lot of fun," the 77-year-old Allard said of his training career. "I feel honored to be asked to judge this show."
Allard joins an esteemed list of MHBA yearling show judges, a group that includes 26 Hall of Famers and four Triple Crown-winning trainers. Among Maryland-bred yearlings to have competed in the show are Eclipse Award-winning Hall of Famer Safely Kept, Eclipse Award-winning juveniles Smart Angle and Declan’s Moon, 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1 winner Sharing, and millionaires Cathryn Sophia, Urbane, Eighttofasttocatch and Cherokee’s Boy.