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Rising Bella stakes her claim in Peach Blossom

Lowell W. Kinch’s Rising Bella lived up to her status as the favorite in the $50,000 Peach Blossom Stakes at Delaware Park as she recorded her first stakes victory by one and a half lengths on Wednesday, July 7.

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Trifor Gold works hard for first stakes victory in Sussex

Copper Penny Stables’ homebred Trifor Gold held on to win the $50,000 Sussex by a nose and notch his first stakes victory over fellow Maryland-bred Cannon’s Roar in the race for Delaware-bred or certified runners at Delaware Park on Thursday, July 8.

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Freshman first for Divining Rod

Classic-placed Divining Rod, a son of Tapit standing at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, got his first winner from his first crop when Carnaval Conquest led throughout and drew off for a four and three-quarter-length win at Fanduel Sportsbook And Horse Racing (Fairmount Park) in Illinois on July 6.

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Knicks Go back on top with Cornhusker victory

Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go returned to his winning ways with a standout performance in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap-G3, leading gate-to-wire to win by 10 1/4 lengths on Friday, July 2 at Prairie Meadows.

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Alwaysinahurry upsets Concern to notch first stakes victory

Alwaysinahurry outran his 9-1 odds as he bested graded winner Mighty Mischief in the $100,000 Concern Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs, pulling away to earn his first career stakes victory by four and three-quarters lengths at Pimlico on Sunday, July 4.

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2021 MHBA Board of Directors election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected two incumbent members, a 2019 presidential appointee and two new members to the 2021 Board of Directors. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected will serve for the next three years. Michael J. Harrison DVM, a presidential appointee to the board in 2009 to 2010 who has since served from 2011 to 2016 and as the president of the board from 2018 to 2020, and Christy Holden, a board member for the past three years, are this year’s incumbents.

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Welcome to the team: Emily Stakem

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is proud to introduce Emily Stakem, our newest full-time staff member, who will be taking over the role of registrar as she oversees our membership and subscription services. Emily, a 25-year-old native of Reisterstown, graduated in 2018 from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., with a degree in English with a concentration in women and gender studies, before moving to Virginia and working as an intern for Chronicle of the Horse (COTH). She returned to her home state in January of 2019 when she took on the role of program coordinator for the Maryland Horse Council Foundation’s Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS), which provides safe alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best options for their horses.

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Mama G’s Wish makes it happen in Lewes Stakes

No Guts No Glory Farm’s homebred Mama G’s Wish ran her heart out in the final strides of the $50,000 Lewes Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park on Wednesday, June 22, to secure her first stakes win.

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Halfinthewrapper a back-to-back stakes winner in Canada

Lets Dance Stable’s Halfinthewrapper came out swinging in the La Varendrye Stakes ($35,750-guaranteed Canadian) for fillies and mares, 3 & up, leading gate-to-wire to win by three-quarters of a length Wednesday, June 22 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Fille d’Esprit much the best in Susquehanna Valley Stakes

C J I Phoenix Group and No Guts No Glory Farm’s Fille d’Esprit came out swinging, pulling away easily down the stretch to win the $100,000 Susquehanna Valley Stakes, for fillies and mares, 3 & up, by two and a quarter lengths at Penn National on Friday, June 17.

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