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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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Just Howard extends streak in $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard won his fourth straight race and earned his first graded stakes victory by three-quarters of a length over Voodoo Song in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3 for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Under jockey Feargal Lynch, Just Howard stalked pacesetter Voodoo Song, the 3-5 favorite, through early fractions of 22.97 seconds, :46.47 and 1:10.33 in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. The Maryland-bred son of English Channel trailed by one and a half lengths at the top of the stretch but steadily gained on the pacesetter and finished in 1:45.81, a record for the Kelso Turf Course layout.

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Group 1 winner Long River to stand at Anchor & Hope

Long River, an 8-year-old son of leading sire and sire of sires A.P. Indy out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 winner Round Pond, has been retired and will stand his first season in 2019 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). Read more 

A celebration to recognize this year’s class of inductees will take place at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is 30!

October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Marking the celebration is a fundraising campaign, the 30 for 30 Campaign, to support the MHIF’s growing menu of educational programs. Read more