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Maryland-bred champions of 2018

Grade 1-winning juvenile Knicks Go took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male at the second annual Renaissance Awards, which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year. The event was held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

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Celebrating 90 Years: The Editor's Saddlebag

Humphrey Stanley Finney, or called simply Finney by everyone from his wife to the Aly Khan, was regarded by many as “the greatest emissary the Thoroughbred world has ever produced.” A farm manager, writer, editor, show judge and appraiser, who achieved his greatest success arranging public and private sales trans­actions, the English-born Finney launched his Thor­oughbred career in Maryland in 1926 while in his mid 20s.

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Six Maryland-breds among early Triple Crown nominees

A total of 362 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, led by unbeaten 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 hero Game Winner, were made eligible to compete in this year’s Triple Crown during the early nomination phase, which closed Jan. 26.

Each of the nominees from the 2016 foal crop was made eligible through a $600 payment to compete in any of the Triple Crown contests: the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby-G1 on May 4 at Churchill Downs; the 144th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes-G1 on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course; and the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes-G1 on June 8 at Belmont Park.

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2018 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards

The board of directors of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association has selected the 2018 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Tickets for the event are may be purchased in the online store at MarylandThoroughbred.com.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards

The second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards will be presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, broodmare and stallion, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2018, on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year and are a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club.

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Divining Rod’s first foal arrives at Country Life Farm

The first foal for Divining Rod, a classic-placed son of Tapit standing at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, arrived on Jan. 16. The bay filly is also the first foal out of the 5-year-old Gainesway mare Dixie Dancer, a Union Rags half-sister to Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly She Be Wild.

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Maryland-breds at Keeneland January Sale

Avla “Poppet” Pitts’ chestnut filly, a yearling half-sister to 2018 multiple stakes-winning Maryland-bred juvenile Alwaysmining, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale held Jan. 7-10 in Lexington, Ky.

The Maryland-bred filly, by Medaglia d’Oro’s son Fast Anna, whose oldest foals are just-turned 2-year-olds, was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent for $100,000. She was purchased by Caroline and Grey Bentley, who campaign Alwaysmining, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes in December, under the name of their Runnymede Racing.

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MHBA celebrates 90 years

“The formation of an organization, in whole or in part of persons, firms
and/or corporations, who have been or are at the present, or who likely will be interested in the breeding and improvement of horses; the fostering and preserving of traditions pertaining to the horse everywhere and particularly the fine traditions of the horse in Maryland. . .”
—From the Articles of Incorporation, Jan. 12, 1929

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No Never No More to stand first season in Maryland

No Never No More, a 3-year-old son of the highly-successful Scat Daddy from a family of sires, including Europe’s 2018 leading first-crop sire, No Nay Never, will stand his first season at Faith and Brad Leatherman’s Winding Creek Farm in Union Bridge. He is offered free to approved mares, with a $350 booking fee payable in advance.

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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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