Former MHBA Executive Director Rich Wilcke passes at 79

Richard W. Wilcke, former executive vice-president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), founding executive director of the Maryland Million Ltd. as well as founding editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, died on April 18, 2023, at Shelbyville Hospital in Kentucky. A resident of Pleasureville, Ky., he was 79.

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Maryland-bred steeplechase bonuses offered in Maryland

With the Spring steeplechase season on its way, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association would like to remind owners and breeders of bonuses available for Maryland-breds in the NSA sanctioned steeplechase and timber meetings in Maryland.  The 2023 events are My Lady’s Manor, Grand National, Maryland Hunt Cup, and Shawan Downs.

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Mavilus upsets Conniver

Thanks to a perfectly-timed ride by Laurel Park’s leading rider, Jaime Rodriguez, Mavilus mowed down her competition late and won the Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired fillies and mares at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 18 in a 25-1 upset.

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Maryland-bred champions and industry leaders celebrated during 2022 Renaissance Champion Awards

Winners of the sixth annual Renaissance Champion Awards, a collaborative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year, were announced the week of Feb. 27 on the MHBA’s social media accounts. 

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Eastern Bay joins millionaire's club with General George-G3 victory

On a day in which tracks across the country honored the late rider Avery Whisman, it was appropriate that his highest-earning mount, Eastern Bay, held the spotlight. The 9-year-old gelding picked up his first graded stakes victory on Saturday, Feb. 18, when he won the General George Stakes-G3 at Laurel Park by one and a half lengths and boosted his career earnings past the seven-figure mark.

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Full fields set for Jameela, Ben's Cat at Laurel Park Sunday

Some of the fastest Maryland-bred and Maryland-sired sprinters around will try their luck on the Laurel Park grass on Sunday, July 14 in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes for fillies and mares and the $75,000 Ben’s Cat for older males. Both will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs on the grass. 

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Rick Abbott to judge 90th MHBA Yearling Show

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce Rick Abbott as the judge of its 90th annual Yearling Show.  Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held on Sunday, July 21 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium.

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Play Harder wins Star De Naskra via DQ

Play Harder has a reputation for getting involved in dramatic finishes, and he maintained that reputation in the Star De Naskra Staks Saturday, June 29 at Laurel Park, where he crossed the wire second by a nose, but was elevated to first thanks to a disqualification.

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