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Dirty sets course record in King T. Leatherbury Stakes

Facing a dozen rivals and racing as far back as nine lengths midway in the five and a half-furlong turf sprint, Tom O’Grady’s Dirty swung to the far outside and closed steadily in the stretch to get up and win the inaugural $100,000 King T. Leatherbury by a neck. One of four MATCH stakes on the April 20th Laurel program, the race was worth 10 points in the 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint–Turf Division.

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Clubman finds success in Russell Road Stakes

Caonabo Stable LLC’s Clubman, a 5-year-old son of Not For Love, rallied four wide around Charles Town’s far turn in the $75,000 Russell Road Stakes, dug in down the stretch and pulled clear to win by a length on the April 20 Classic card. It was the first stakes win for the bay gelding in 28 career starts.

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Laki hits his target in Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes

Hillside Equestrian Meadows’ multiple stakes winner and 2018 Maryland-bred champion older horse Laki was unphased by the competition as he pulled away in the stretch of the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes to win by three and a half lengths over the favorite, and longtime rival, Linda Zang’s Lewisfield on April 20 at Laurel Park.

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Another Broad proves tough in Aqueduct’s Top Flight Invitational

Making her second start for new connections, the 4-year-old Include filly Another Broad rallied down Aqueduct’s stretch and pulled away to win the $200,000 Top Flight Invitational on Saturday, April 13 by more than a length. It was the first stakes win of her career, and fourth victory in nine starts to nearly double her career earnings to $222,095.

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Las Setas and Cordmaker make it a stellar day for Manfuso and Voss

Offspring of Bob Manfuso and Katy Voss’ mare Tanca won two of the five stakes on the Laurel Park card on March 16, as 4-year-old Cordmaker came through with his first win of the year in the $100,000 Harrison Johnson Memorial, and two races later, 3-year-old filly Las Setas scored easily in the $100,000 Beyond The Wire.

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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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2019 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. 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. Incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr. join Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning

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Maryland-breds running on Belmont Stakes Day

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, features 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. Two Maryland-breds, multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining and stakes winner Dirty, will compete in two of the stakes on June 8.

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Michael Stidham to judge 2019 MHBA Yearling Show

Michael Stidham, whose large and successful training operation has expanded into the Mid-Atlantic region in recent years, will judge the 85th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 30. Entries close June 1.

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