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Graded winner Holy Boss to stand at Anchor & Hope Farm

Holy Boss, a Grade 2-winning sprinter and earner of $771,527 who ran exclusively in stakes races since the spring of his 3-year-old season, will enter stud at Louis Merryman’s Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., joining Imagining and Bourbon Courage, for the 2018 season.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale continues rise

Coming off the success of a year ago, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale held Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the sales pavilion in Timonium surpassed last year’s figures by average, median and gross, the only negative an increased buyback rate. And Maryland-breds figured prominently among the top prices, accounting for seven of the 15 six-figure yearlings sold.

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Merryman branches out on new stallion venture

In a press release dated Sept. 26, Louis Merryman has announced Anchor & Hope Farm will stand stallions starting in the 2018 season in Port Deposit, Md. Merryman previously was a partner in Heritage Stallions Inc. Imagining and Bourbon Courage, who entered stud at Heritage Stallions in 2016 and had first foals arrive this year, will move to Anchor & Hope starting in 2018. A final roster will be announced later in the year.

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Just Howard extends streak in $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard won his fourth straight race and earned his first graded stakes victory by three-quarters of a length over Voodoo Song in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3 for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Under jockey Feargal Lynch, Just Howard stalked pacesetter Voodoo Song, the 3-5 favorite, through early fractions of 22.97 seconds, :46.47 and 1:10.33 in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. The Maryland-bred son of English Channel trailed by one and a half lengths at the top of the stretch but steadily gained on the pacesetter and finished in 1:45.81, a record for the Kelso Turf Course layout.

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Maryland-bred yearlings at Keeneland

A total of 20 Maryland-breds went through the sales ring in Lexington, Ky., the first eight days of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, which kicked off on Monday, Sept. 11. The 14 sold grossed $2,361,000, for an average of $168,643, with eight bringing six figures.

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Timonium meet concludes on high note

The 2017 Maryland State Fair race meeting in Timonium, held seven days from Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, produced gains in all sources handle of 47.28 percent, $5,261,522 compared to $3,572,474 last year.Attendance at the track was up 6.41 percent.

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Jim McKay the 2017 recipient of Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism

The late Jim McKay, beloved by millions as the host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” is the recipient of the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. The award will be presented posthumously the evening of Friday, Nov. 10, at Harford Community College. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” begins with the viewing of an exhibit on the broadcast journalist’s life starting at 5 p.m. A reception and award presentation will follow.

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Maryland-bred champions of 2017 announced at inaugural Renaissance Awards

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, winner of the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park as part of a four-race win streak over the summer of 2017, took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and champion turf horse. The announcments were made at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club created to recognize excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in 2017. The event was held on Monday evening, Feb. 12, at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Baltimore.

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2017 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards

Breeder of the Year: HOWARD M. BENDER

Longtime Maryland breeder Howard Bender, one of the state’s most admired and respected figures, earned his fifth Maryland Breeder of the Year award posthumously for a year in which runners he bred earned more than $1.2 million and included Maryland-bred champion finalists Blu Moon Ace and Just Howard.

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2017 Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings

Bolt d’Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, were both assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap, for 2017. The highest weighted filly, at 123 pounds, was Caledonia Road, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1.

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