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Country Life Farm’s Friesan Fire gets Grade 1 winner in Army Mule

Army Mule, a 4-year-old son of Friesan Fire sold for $825,000 as a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale, turned in a sensational performance in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Carter Handicap-G1 on April 7, powering away to a six and a quarter-length victory in 1:20.94 for seven furlongs, less that a second off the track record set by champion Artax 19 years ago.

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First foal for Barbados

A colt out of the Northern Afleet mare Quiet Run, born at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine on March 22, is the first foal for Barbados. A son of champion sprinter Speightstown, Barbados stands at Shamrock, who is also the breeder of the foal.

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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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Maryland-breds at Keeneland January Sale

Avla “Poppet” Pitts’ chestnut filly, a yearling half-sister to 2018 multiple stakes-winning Maryland-bred juvenile Alwaysmining, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale held Jan. 7-10 in Lexington, Ky.

The Maryland-bred filly, by Medaglia d’Oro’s son Fast Anna, whose oldest foals are just-turned 2-year-olds, was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent for $100,000. She was purchased by Caroline and Grey Bentley, who campaign Alwaysmining, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes in December, under the name of their Runnymede Racing.

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MHBA celebrates 90 years

“The formation of an organization, in whole or in part of persons, firms
and/or corporations, who have been or are at the present, or who likely will be interested in the breeding and improvement of horses; the fostering and preserving of traditions pertaining to the horse everywhere and particularly the fine traditions of the horse in Maryland. . .”
—From the Articles of Incorporation, Jan. 12, 1929

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No Never No More to stand first season in Maryland

No Never No More, a 3-year-old son of the highly-successful Scat Daddy from a family of sires, including Europe’s 2018 leading first-crop sire, No Nay Never, will stand his first season at Faith and Brad Leatherman’s Winding Creek Farm in Union Bridge. He is offered free to approved mares, with a $350 booking fee payable in advance.

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