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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

Quartet of sprint stakes highlights Maryland Pride Day April 18

Maryland Pride Day, featuring four six-furlong sprint stakes worth $300,000 in purses, will be run Saturday, April 18 to highlight the closing weekend of Laurel’s 40-day summer meet. In addition to the stakes action, the rest of the card will feature races with Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired runners getting first preference. The day will also celebrate the 2018 Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees. Stakes closing is Thursday, August 9. Read more

MHBA Board selects officers

At the Board of Directors’ meeting held Monday, June 25, at Buchner Hall on the Goucher College campus in Towson, the new board elected Michael Harrison DVM as president, David Wade as vice-president and Kent Murray as Secretary/Treasurer.

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2018 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership selected three new members and two incumbents to the Board of Directors, as announced June 12. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Michael Harrison, Christy Holden and Theresa Wiseman join incumbents Kent Murray and David Wade. Holden was elected for the first time; Wiseman was a president appointee in 2017.

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A brief history of the Maryland-bred champions

For more than half of the first part of the 20th century, the best runners to come out of Maryland were glorified, eagerly followed and granted a lot of press. But they were never officially honored. That changed with the runners of 1962 when the editorial staff of The Maryland Horse selected the “best” of the year and published a “poll” in the January 1963 issue. Led by writer and magazine researcher Joe Hickey, with assistance of editor Snowden Carter and the magazine’s business manager Louise Pascal, six divisional winners (2-year-old male and female, 3-year-old male and female, older male and steeplechaser) and Horse of the Year honors were bestowed.

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First Blofeld foal arrives at Murmur Farm

The first foal for Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld was born on March 1 at the farm in Darlington, Md., when David Baxter’s mare Stormin Casey delivered a chestnut filly. The other nine foals out of the In Case mare are all winners.

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Holy Boss has first U.S. foals on the ground

The first U.S. foal for Grade 2 stakes-winning sprinter Holy Boss was born Jan. 28 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. The bay filly out of the Kipling mare Kip Berries was bred by Lady Olivia At North Cliff.

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