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David and JoAnn Hayden sent another strong contingent to the 89th Annual MHBA Yearling Show on Sunday, July 23, at the Timonium Fairgrounds horse show ring in Timonium, Md. They came away winning two of the four classes and the top prize with their Honor A. P. colt, who was awarded the grand champion trophy by this year’s judge, trainer Ned Allard.

 

Right: Kent and Audrey Murray of Murmur Farm make the Grand Champion presentation to David and JoAnn Hayden for their Honor A. P. colt out of Flit.

Said Allard of his picks for champion and reserve champion, Ann Jackson’s chestnut colt by Holy Boss: “When you ask a trainer to look at horses, he’s looking for a good race horse. They have to be good movers and have a good walk. You can accept some flaws but these two seemed to be pretty clean with good walks. They stood out.”

The grand champion looks very much like his sire, and to Allard “has that race horse look.” Out of the Not For Love mare Flit, the dark bay blaze-faced February foal is a fourth-generation homebred for the Haydens’ Dark Hollow Farm, going back to foundation mare Safely Home, the dam of Hall of Famer and Eclipse Award winner Safely Kept. Flit is a half-sister to stakes winners O Dionysus and Joy, also show participants. In the name of Dark Hollow Farm, the Haydens have won 16 classes (solely or in partnership), since 1989, and sent out grand champions in 2009 and 2014. Their second winner this year came out of Class III, a Golden Lad filly out of Bread and Butter (by Pure Prize), who was herself a class winner in 2012.

It was the second year in a row that Dark Hollow Farm has produced the Yearling Show champion – Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable mares reside at the Upperco, Md., farm, their offspring are born and raised there and, as yearlings, are prepped for the show. Charles’ Bandbox colt took top honors in 2022.

“Everyone at the farm really work their butts off,” said David Hayden. “They get all the credit. They do everything that needs to be done to get them there in good order.”

A total of 60 yearlings were judged and are now eligible for the $40,000 premium award which is split annually, with $20,000 going to the exhibitors of the four show contestants who earn the most money as 2-year-olds during 2024, and another $20,000 divided among the exhibitors of the four highest-earning 3-year-old runners the next year.

Holy Boss, who stands at Anchor and Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., was the recipient of the Northview Get-of-Sire trophy as the top Maryland sire of the show. In two classes he had a total of three ribbon winners, including the reserve champion.

Complete results follow:

Class I: For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland (12 exhibited):
1. ch.c., 6/1/22, Holy Boss—Barouchka, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Ann B. Jackson, White Hall, Md.
2. BISHOP, dk.b./br.c., 3/7/22, Mosler—Belle Vlada (Ire), by Kheleyf. Owned and bred by Robert Atkinson and Mary Atkinson, Bel Air, Md.
3. ch.c., 3/25/22, Golden Lad—Corinnaise, by Corinthian. Owned and bred by BTR Racing Inc., Clarksville, Md.
4. JOHNJACKJIMJAYE, ch.g., 4/20/22, Divining Rod—Parade of Colors, by Leading the Parade. Owned and bred by John E. Williamson III, Reisterstown, Md.
5. b.c., 4/15/22, Great Notion—Last Love, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Wendy Komlo and Drew Komlo, Derwood, Md.

Class II: For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland (12 exhibited):
1. dk.b./br.c., 2/25/22, Honor A. P.—Flit, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.
2. b.c., 1/29/22, Bolt d’Oro—Lunar Rille, by English Channel. Owned and bred by Country Life Farm and Lunar Rille LLC, Bel Air, Md.
3. FAROOQ, ch.c., 4/13/22, Maclean’s Music—Congaree Princess, by Congaree. Owned and bred by Daniel E. Marconi, Mount Airy, Md.
4. b.c., 4/24/22, Catalina Cruiser—Cat Charmer, by Storm Cat. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.
5. dk.b./br.c., 2/23/22, Practical Joke—Fancy Love, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by John C. Davison, Baltimore, Md.

Class III: For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland (20 exhibited):
1. b.f., 3/27/22, Golden Lad—Bread and Butter, by Pure Prize. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.
2. GOGO BOOTS, b.f., 3/9/22, Eclipticalspraline—Another Cougar, by With Distinction. Owned by Mellissa Perrin Keithly, Buxton, Maine. Bred by Maria M. Haire.
3. TWOS THE BOSS, ch.f., 2/22/22, Holy Boss—Fingerpaint, by Union Rags. Owned and bred by Designated Hitters Racing, Ellicott City, Md.
4. RAVEN DANCE, ch.f., 2/20/22, Holy Boss—Bekki’s Dance, by Dance With Ravens. Owned and bred by Dr. Ronald Harris Parker, Long Beach, Calif.
5. dk.b./br.f., 5/6/22, Mosler—Rotate, by Orb. Owned and bred by Adele B. Dilschneider, St. Louis, Mo.

Class IV: For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland (16 exhibited):
1. dk.b./br.f., 4/3/22, Exaggerator—High Tolerance, by Louis Quatorze. Owned by Alison P. Delgado, Upperco, Md. Bred by Alison P. Delgado and Sabrina L. Moore.
2. dk.b./br.f., 2/27/22, Honor A. P.—Madison Avenue, by Quality Road. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.
3. gr./ro.f., 4/11/22, Liam’s Map—Missy Rules, by Peace Rules. Owned and bred by Country Life Farm and Missy Rules LLC, Bel Air, Md.
4. b.f., 2/12/22, Twirling Candy—Safe Journey, by Flatter. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.
5. dk.b./br.f., 3/29/22, Maclean’s Music—Bridled Assurance, by Unbridled’s Song. Owned and bred by Hillwood Stable LLC, Washington, D.C.

Champion: dk.b./br.c., 2/25/22, Honor A. P.—Flit, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.

Reserve Champion: ch.c., 6/1/22, Holy Boss—Barouchka, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Ann B. Jackson, White Hall, Md.

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