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Maryland Thoroughbred Career Youth Program

The first annual Mini-Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, for youth ages 14 and older, is being coordinated by the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Horse Program in partnership with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

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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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Special Recognition for Equine Program

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce that the University of Maryland Equine Studies Program and Dr. Amy Burk will be honored with a Special Recognition Award on Maryland Horse Industry Day in Annapolis on January 30.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry 
Renaissance Awards Finalists Announced

Baltimore, Md.—In a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, an annual event has been created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year. The Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards will be presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer and jockey, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2017, on Feb. 12 at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, the hotel located along the waterfront on Recreation Pier in historic Fell’s Point which opened last year to much fanfare.

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Group 1 winner Long River to stand at Anchor & Hope

Long River, an 8-year-old son of leading sire and sire of sires A.P. Indy out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 winner Round Pond, has been retired and will stand his first season in 2019 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). Read more 

A celebration to recognize this year’s class of inductees will take place at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is 30!

October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Marking the celebration is a fundraising campaign, the 30 for 30 Campaign, to support the MHIF’s growing menu of educational programs. Read more