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Celebrating 90 Years: The Editor's Saddlebag

Humphrey Stanley Finney, or called simply Finney by everyone from his wife to the Aly Khan, was regarded by many as “the greatest emissary the Thoroughbred world has ever produced.” A farm manager, writer, editor, show judge and appraiser, who achieved his greatest success arranging public and private sales trans­actions, the English-born Finney launched his Thor­oughbred career in Maryland in 1926 while in his mid 20s.

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Six Maryland-breds among early Triple Crown nominees

A total of 362 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, led by unbeaten 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 hero Game Winner, were made eligible to compete in this year’s Triple Crown during the early nomination phase, which closed Jan. 26.

Each of the nominees from the 2016 foal crop was made eligible through a $600 payment to compete in any of the Triple Crown contests: the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby-G1 on May 4 at Churchill Downs; the 144th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes-G1 on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course; and the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes-G1 on June 8 at Belmont Park.

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2018 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards

The board of directors of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association has selected the 2018 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Tickets for the event are may be purchased in the online store at MarylandThoroughbred.com.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards

The second annual Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards will be presented to the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, broodmare and stallion, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2018, on Feb. 12 at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The Renaissance Awards were created to recognize the best of Maryland racing and breeding from the previous year and are a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club.

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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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Maryland-bred offerings at Kentucky fall mixed sales

A total of 60 Maryland-breds are catalogued to the major fall breeding stock sales in Lexington, Ky. Two are headed to Fasig-Tipton’s marquee November Sale on Sunday, Nov. 4. And 58 can be found in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, which runs from Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 16.

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2019 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. 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. Incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr. join Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning

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Maryland-breds running on Belmont Stakes Day

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, features 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. Two Maryland-breds, multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining and stakes winner Dirty, will compete in two of the stakes on June 8.

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Michael Stidham to judge 2019 MHBA Yearling Show

Michael Stidham, whose large and successful training operation has expanded into the Mid-Atlantic region in recent years, will judge the 85th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 30. Entries close June 1.

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