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Horse industry boosts Md. year round, not just at Preakness Time

For more than 250 years, horses have played a vital role in Maryland’s culture, spirit and history, going back to 1743, when the Maryland Jockey Club — the oldest sporting organization in North America — was chartered.

Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

Maryland Horse Industry Adds $1.3 billion to Maryland’s Economy

Home to more than 100,000 horses, Maryland ranks No. 1 in terms of horses per square mile

Baltimore, Md. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy. The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone.

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MHBA supports MATCH Series

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has joined other regional breeders’ organizations in offering $10,000 in bonuses to the breeders of the 2018 MATCH Series’ top point-earning male and female from each program.

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Country Life Farm’s Friesan Fire gets Grade 1 winner in Army Mule

Army Mule, a 4-year-old son of Friesan Fire sold for $825,000 as a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale, turned in a sensational performance in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s Carter Handicap-G1 on April 7, powering away to a six and a quarter-length victory in 1:20.94 for seven furlongs, less that a second off the track record set by champion Artax 19 years ago.

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First foal for Barbados

A colt out of the Northern Afleet mare Quiet Run, born at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine on March 22, is the first foal for Barbados. A son of champion sprinter Speightstown, Barbados stands at Shamrock, who is also the breeder of the foal.

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A brief history of the Maryland-bred champions

For more than half of the first part of the 20th century, the best runners to come out of Maryland were glorified, eagerly followed and granted a lot of press. But they were never officially honored. That changed with the runners of 1962 when the editorial staff of The Maryland Horse selected the “best” of the year and published a “poll” in the January 1963 issue. Led by writer and magazine researcher Joe Hickey, with assistance of editor Snowden Carter and the magazine’s business manager Louise Pascal, six divisional winners (2-year-old male and female, 3-year-old male and female, older male and steeplechaser) and Horse of the Year honors were bestowed.

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First Blofeld foal arrives at Murmur Farm

The first foal for Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld was born on March 1 at the farm in Darlington, Md., when David Baxter’s mare Stormin Casey delivered a chestnut filly. The other nine foals out of the In Case mare are all winners.

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Holy Boss has first U.S. foals on the ground

The first U.S. foal for Grade 2 stakes-winning sprinter Holy Boss was born Jan. 28 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. The bay filly out of the Kipling mare Kip Berries was bred by Lady Olivia At North Cliff.

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