Local Motive rolls home in the Miracle Wood Stakes

Bird Mobberley LLC’s Local Motive, a two-time stakes winner last year, returned to the winner’s circle following a two-length score in the $100,000 Miracle Wood (for 3-year-olds) at Laurel Park on Saturday, Feb. 19.

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Luna Belle continues streak with Wide Country win

Deborah Greene and Hamilton Smith’s Luna Belle proved she was a force to be reckoned with as a 2-year-old last year and has only continued to do so with her second stakes victory at 3 when taking the $100,000 Wide Country by three lengths on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Laurel Park.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards to be presented virtually, beginning Feb. 28

Baltimore, Md.—The fifth annual Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, will be celebrated virtually this year as the top Maryland owner, trainer and jockey, Maryland stallion, broodmare and breeder, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2021 will be presented online next week. Special awards will be presented to Pimlico and Laurel Backstretch Employees of the Year.

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Luna Belle kicks off season with Xtra Heat Stakes victory

Deborah Greene and Hamilton Smith’s Luna Belle certainly started her sophomore season off on the right foot as she went into the $100,000 Xtra Heat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies as the favorite and delivered by six lengths on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Laurel Park.

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Kiss the Girl secures Geisha victory

Three Diamonds Farm’s Kiss the Girl returned to her stakes-winning ways in the $75,000 Geisha Stakes, for Maryland-bred/Maryland-sired fillies and mares, 4 & up, as she kicked away from Artful Splatter down the stretch to hit the wire four and a half lengths in front at Laurel Park on Saturday, Jan. 29.

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Maryland-bred champions and industry leaders celebrated virtually during 2023 Renaissance Champion Awards

Winners of the seventh 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. 26 on the MHBA’s social media accounts. 

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Speedyness lives up to his name in Miracle Wood win

Speedyness earned his first stakes victory in the Miracle Wood for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Laurel Park, winning by one and a half lengths after getting pressed on the early lead.

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Miss Harriett prevails in Wide Country

Reigning Maryland Million Lassie champion Miss Harriett added another stakes victory to her record on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Laurel Park when scoring in the Wide Country Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

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