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Bonita Farm to stand Kobe’s Back

(from Bonita Farm press release)

Kobe’s Back, a multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire sprinter and first son of Flatter to stand in the Mid-Atlantic region, has arrived at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., to stand at stud for the 2018 season. The 6-year-old gray will command a $3,000 stand and nurse fee, property of CRK Stable LLC.

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Grade 1-winning millionaire Dortmund to Bonita Farm

(from Bonita Farm press release)

Kaleem Shah’s 5-year-old Dortmund, a Grade 1 winner at 2 and 3 and an Eclipse Award finalist, has been retired and will stand at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for the 2018 breeding season. The imposing chestnut son of champion and dual classic winner Big Brown arrived at Bonita on Oct. 25. He will stand for $7,500 live foal.

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Alliance to stand at Bonita Farm

Alliance, a 3-year-old half-brother to two-time champion grass mare Tepin and three-quarter-brother to millionaire Vyjack from the final crop of top sire Harlan’s Holiday, has arrived at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., to stand his first season in 2018.

Alliance is owned by Larry Karp’s Plano, Tex.-based Barlar LLC, which will support the new stallion with mares, according to Bonita Farm patriarch Bill Boniface. The decision to stand Alliance in Maryland was made in part due to the resurgence of Maryland racing, but also based on his pedigree, which has deep roots in the state.

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Millionaire Madefromlucky retired to Northview

  (From Northview Stallion Station press release)

Madefromlucky, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 by emerging sire Lookin At Lucky (champion colt at 2 and 3) out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced. 

“Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up,” said Northview president Richard Golden. 

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Graded winner Holy Boss to stand at Anchor & Hope Farm

Holy Boss, a Grade 2-winning sprinter and earner of $771,527 who ran exclusively in stakes races since the spring of his 3-year-old season, will enter stud at Louis Merryman’s Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., joining Imagining and Bourbon Courage, for the 2018 season.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale continues rise

Coming off the success of a year ago, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale held Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the sales pavilion in Timonium surpassed last year’s figures by average, median and gross, the only negative an increased buyback rate. And Maryland-breds figured prominently among the top prices, accounting for seven of the 15 six-figure yearlings sold.

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Merryman branches out on new stallion venture

In a press release dated Sept. 26, Louis Merryman has announced Anchor & Hope Farm will stand stallions starting in the 2018 season in Port Deposit, Md. Merryman previously was a partner in Heritage Stallions Inc. Imagining and Bourbon Courage, who entered stud at Heritage Stallions in 2016 and had first foals arrive this year, will move to Anchor & Hope starting in 2018. A final roster will be announced later in the year.

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Late Maryland sire Tritap gets first winner

The first two runners from the first crop of the late Heritage Stallions’ sire Tritap started May 12 at Pimlico and finished first and fourth in a waiver maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies.

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Maryland highlights at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale

A colt by classic sire Bodemeister out of Maryland-bred champion Plum (by Pure Prize) bred by Dark Hollow Farm topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-old sale held May 21-22 at the Timonium Sales Pavilion in Timonium.

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May 15 2018 segment on WJZ TV

In case you missed it, here is WJZ's coverage of the recently released AHC Economic Impact study for Maryland.