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Struth speeds to Hockessin Stakes victory

In his third start off a claim at Pimlico for $20,000, 5-year-old Struth dueled on the front end the entire 6 furlongs of Delaware Park’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes on Del Cap Day, Saturday, July 15, before pulling out a one and a half-length victory. Trained by Kieron Magee for owner Mark Sitlinger, Struth recorded his first stakes win, as well as the first for Sitlinger.

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My Magician spellbinding in Dashing Beauty

The 5-year-old Street Magician mare My Magician, making her first start off a claim, flew down the Delaware Park stretch and got up at the wire in the Dashing Beauty Stakes, winning by a nose over stablemate and last year’s winner, Sweet On Smokey.

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Phlash Phelps returns in style in Mister Diz


Hillwood Stables’ Maryland-bred turf champion Phlash Phelps, racing for the first time in seven months at a distance he hadn’t tried in more than two years, rallied to the lead in mid-stretch and held off a pair of late longshot challengers to win the $75,000 Mister Diz at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 24.

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Daylight Ahead a determined Jameela winner


Winners Circle Partners VIII’s lightly-raced homebred Daylight Ahead broke on top and never looked back, stubbornly holding off defending champion Lovable Lady down the stretch to earn her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Jameela on Saturday, June 24 at Laurel Park.

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Freshman sire Freedom Child gets first winner

Spendthrift Stallions’ Freedom Child, who entered stud at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., in 2014, got his first official winner June 17 at Laurel Park. Limited View, one of four first-time starters in the seven-horse field, led throughout the 5-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies and drew off in the stretch to win by three and three-quarters lengths as the 1.10-1 favorite. Her time of :57.95 was less than a second off the track record set by Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Famer Dave’s Friend in 1980.

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Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the monthly magazine published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association covering Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the region, was recognized with 11 awards for material published in 2016 from the American Horse Publications on the evening of Saturday, June 17, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Three first-place awards were presented – two for editorial and one in photography. Read more here

Bonita Farm loses Norumbega to colic

Graded stakes winner Norumbega, a son of Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Tiznow, was euthanized on June 6 due to complications from colic surgery. He had been sent to New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for surgery for a cecal impaction on May 26. The 7-year-old gray was in the midst of his first season at stud at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md. Booked to more than 20 mares his first season, he has 14 mares confirmed in foal.

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Everything Lovely flies home in The Very One Stakes

The 5-year-old Maryland-bred mare Everything Lovely broke through with her first stakes win in The Very One Stakes at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 19. The daughter of Pollard’s Vision out of Desiderata, by During, bred by Cynthia and Charles McGinnes, had been second or third in seven other stakes in her career, but left her eight rivals in her wake in The Very One, contested at five furlongs on the turf. Setting fractions of :22.46 and :45.79, she got the distance in :57.93, winning by a length. It was the sixth win in 20 career starts for the chestnut mare, who has been on the board 10 other times. Owned by Pewter Stable and Armand Delaperriere and trained by Kathleen Demasi, Everything Lovely has now earned $321,536.

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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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