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Irish War Cry to Northview in 2019

September 25, 2018. Northview Stallion Station Press Release

Classic-placed Irish War Cry, one of the most dynamic runners of his generation, has been retired and will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2019 season. 

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Maryland-breds at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Led by a $600,000 Medaglia d'Oro filly out of multiple graded stakes winner Daring Dancer, a total of 16 Maryland-bred yearlings exited the ring as sold at Keeneland’s mammoth September Yearling Sale, held Sept. 10-23 in Lexington, Ky. Selling for a combined $2.3 million, the Maryland-bred average was $143,813 (the sale’s overall average was $129,331), and median $82,500 (compared to $50,000 for the entire sale).

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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

Quartet of sprint stakes highlights Maryland Pride Day April 18

Maryland Pride Day, featuring four six-furlong sprint stakes worth $300,000 in purses, will be run Saturday, April 18 to highlight the closing weekend of Laurel’s 40-day summer meet. In addition to the stakes action, the rest of the card will feature races with Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired runners getting first preference. The day will also celebrate the 2018 Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees. Stakes closing is Thursday, August 9. Read more

MHBA Board selects officers

At the Board of Directors’ meeting held Monday, June 25, at Buchner Hall on the Goucher College campus in Towson, the new board elected Michael Harrison DVM as president, David Wade as vice-president and Kent Murray as Secretary/Treasurer.

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2018 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership selected three new members and two incumbents to the Board of Directors, as announced June 12. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Michael Harrison, Christy Holden and Theresa Wiseman join incumbents Kent Murray and David Wade. Holden was elected for the first time; Wiseman was a president appointee in 2017.

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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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