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Maryland-Sired Maryland-Breds to earn more

Beginning with the 2017 Fall meet at Laurel Park, a 50 percent breeder bonus (the regular 30 percent plus an additional 20 percent) will be paid to breeders of registered Maryland-breds by Maryland stallions who win a maiden race in Maryland.

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Maryland Pride Day 2017

On a day at the races promoted as Maryland Pride Day, it was almost fate that there would be winners named Maryland Pride, Crabcakes and Bawlmer Hon.

The third annual Maryland Pride Day, held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Laurel Park, offered a dozen races (seven with preference to Maryland-bred and sired plus three $75,000 restricted stakes) and attracted more than 100 Maryland-bred entries. And although a wet week moved four of the six turf races off the turf, the fields dominated by Maryland-bred runners offered plenty of competition.

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Swoop wins first stakes in Mrs. Ogden Phipps

 Mrs. Thomas Voss’ homebred Swoop won her first career stakes, rallying from last to post a win by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares in Saratoga steeplechase action on Thursday, Aug. 3.

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Ben’s Cat: Gone Way too Soon

The celebration of the historic racing career of Ben’s Cat, and wishing for a long and happy retirement, has turned to heartbreak after King T. Leatherbury’s 11-year-old homebred gelding succumbed to complications from colic surgery on Tuesday, July 18, just 24 days after his final start.

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I’m Betty G captures Pearl Necklace in a thriller

Three Diamonds Farm’s I’m Betty G held off the challenge of a stubborn Riley’s Choice to her outside to earn her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pearl Necklace, winning the mile and a sixteenth turf test for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies by nose.

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Just Howard wins Caveat in battle

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, making his stakes debut seven weeks off a maiden victory, dueled with stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Bonus Points from the gate into deep stretch before edging clear near the wire to capture the $75,000 Caveat Stakes by a head on Saturday, July 15 at Laurel Park.

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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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