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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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Late legend Ben’s Cat wins 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award

(From Secretariat.com press release)

The late Ben’s Cat, four-time Maryland-breed Horse of the Year and beloved equine hero, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or “Voice of the People,” with record-breaking voter participation. The award, created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.

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Upswing at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale

Returning to its customary December slot on the calendar for the first time since 2014, the Midlantic December Mixed Sale posted gains in gross, average, and median over its contemporary, the Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale held this past January.

Multiple stakes-placed 3-year-old Carradine (Hip 256) topped the sale at $105,000, puchased by his trainer Linda Rice, as agent. From the consignment of Crane Thoroughbreds, agent for the dispersal of Harry Weisleder/DASL Stable, the New York-bred Carradine was a winner at 2 and 3. The son of Grasshopper recorded a third in last year’s Damon Runyon Stakes and a second in the Gander Stakes earlier this year.

The highest-priced weanling and second most expensive horse of the sale was a weanling daughter of the late City Zip, sold for $80,000. Douglas Arnold, agent, purchased the chestnut filly from the consignment of Gracie Bloodstock, agent for Joe-Dan Farm. The filly is the second foal out of multiple stakes winner Geeky Gorgeous (Devil His Due), who also sold in the consignment. In foal to Joe-Dan Farm’s top New Jersey stallion Hey Chub, Geeky Gorgeous was purchased for $39,000 by Aaron Sones.

Seventy-nine Maryland-breds were sold, with two weanling fillies sharing top price of $37,000.

First through the ring (Hip 135) was a Dialed In daughter from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent for Country Life Farm and Will Do LLC. The first foal out of the Roman Ruler mare Will Do, from the family of Kentucky Derby-G1 winner Orb, Wood Memorial-G1 winner Private Terms and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes-G2 winner Mesabi Maiden, the dark bay February foal sold to Arnold, who was the sale’s leading buyer with five purchased for $189,500.

Dark Hollow Farm was agent for Hip 151, a Congrats filly sold by her breeders Finale Farm and Lone Pond Farm. The second foal for Coldfeetwarmheart, by Afleet Alex, a winning half-sister to graded winner Globetrotter and stakes winner Slew’s Exchange, the March 31 Congrats filly descends from multiple stakes winner Icy Warning, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Ops Smile. Red Devil Bloodstock made the purchase.

The highest price for a Maryland-sired offering was from the Horses of Racing Age portion of the sale for Easy River, a 4-year-old son of the late Not For Love sold to Richard Ciavardone for $29,000. The bay gelding, from the Crane Thoroughbreds consignment, is out of graded winner Potomac Bend and is a stakes-placed three-quarter-brother to stakes winner Bluegrass Atatude and stakes-placed X Marks the Spot from the family of Grade 1 winners Hookedonthefeelin, Pussycat Doll, Midnight Lucky and Jimmy Creed.

The most expensive weanling by a Maryland sire was a colt by Super Ninety Nine. Purchased by Mary Sue Stable for $24,000 from the Bill Reightler consignment, the Maryland-bred colt foaled on Valentine’s Day and named Super Valentine was bred by Susan H. Wantz out of the stakes-placed Kela mare Easter Fashion and is from the family of multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Showing Up and six-time stakes winner and $531,090-earner Gimmeawink. Super Ninety Nine, whose old foals are yearlings, stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

A total of 221 horses sold for a total of $2,448,200 up 170 percent from $906,400 in January. The average rose 73 percent to $11,078 from $6,428 earlier this year, and the median increased 43 percent to $5,000 from $3,500. The RNA rate was 21 percent. Click here to see all the results.

Classic-placed Divining Rod to Country Life Farm

Country Life Farm, Antony Beck’s Gainesway Farm, and Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables have formed a partnership to stand the Jacksons’ homebred Divining Rod at the Bel Air, Md., farm in 2018. The 5-year-old dark bay son of Tapit will stand for $5,000. Gainesway Farm, where the legendary Tapit stands, will be sending 10 mares to Divining Rod for each of the stallion’s first four years at stud. Country Life is breeding a dozen mares, and the Jacksons have pledged their support both in the stud and in the sales ring for his offspring.

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Maryland-breds top Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale

Maryland-breds accounted for six of the top 10 prices, including the top two of the sale, at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.

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194 Maryland-breds and/or Maryland-sired yearling selling at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall

Don't miss the opportunity to add a Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired to your stable. Here is our complete list with links to their catalog pages:

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Irish War Cry to Northview in 2019

September 25, 2018. Northview Stallion Station Press Release

Classic-placed Irish War Cry, one of the most dynamic runners of his generation, has been retired and will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2019 season. 

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