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Horse industry boosts Md. year round, not just at Preakness Time

For more than 250 years, horses have played a vital role in Maryland’s culture, spirit and history, going back to 1743, when the Maryland Jockey Club — the oldest sporting organization in North America — was chartered.

Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

Maryland Horse Industry Adds $1.3 billion to Maryland’s Economy

Home to more than 100,000 horses, Maryland ranks No. 1 in terms of horses per square mile

Baltimore, Md. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy. The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone.

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MHBA supports MATCH Series

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has joined other regional breeders’ organizations in offering $10,000 in bonuses to the breeders of the 2018 MATCH Series’ top point-earning male and female from each program.

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Country Life Farm’s Friesan Fire gets Grade 1 winner in Army Mule

Army Mule, a 4-year-old son of Friesan Fire sold for $825,000 as a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale, turned in a sensational performance in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Carter Handicap-G1 on April 7, powering away to a six and a quarter-length victory in 1:20.94 for seven furlongs, less that a second off the track record set by champion Artax 19 years ago.

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First foal for Barbados

A colt out of the Northern Afleet mare Quiet Run, born at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine on March 22, is the first foal for Barbados. A son of champion sprinter Speightstown, Barbados stands at Shamrock, who is also the breeder of the foal.

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Group 1 winner Long River to stand at Anchor & Hope

Long River, an 8-year-old son of leading sire and sire of sires A.P. Indy out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 winner Round Pond, has been retired and will stand his first season in 2019 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). Read more 

A celebration to recognize this year’s class of inductees will take place at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is 30!

October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Marking the celebration is a fundraising campaign, the 30 for 30 Campaign, to support the MHIF’s growing menu of educational programs. Read more