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The Jockey Club releases 2018 Report of Mares Bred statistics

The Jockey Club has released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2018 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through Oct. 16, The Jockey Club reports that 1,214 stallions covered 30,274 mares in North America during 2018. The number of stallions declined 9.5 percent from the 1,342 reported at this time in 2017, and the number of mares bred decreased 5 percent from the 31,863 reported last year.

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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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Maryland-breds at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Led by a $600,000 Medaglia d'Oro filly out of multiple graded stakes winner Daring Dancer, a total of 16 Maryland-bred yearlings exited the ring as sold at Keeneland’s mammoth September Yearling Sale, held Sept. 10-23 in Lexington, Ky. Selling for a combined $2.3 million, the Maryland-bred average was $143,813 (the sale’s overall average was $129,331), and median $82,500 (compared to $50,000 for the entire sale).

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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.

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2019 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr. join Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning

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Maryland-breds running on Belmont Stakes Day

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, features 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. Two Maryland-breds, multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining and stakes winner Dirty, will compete in two of the stakes on June 8.

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Michael Stidham to judge 2019 MHBA Yearling Show

Michael Stidham, whose large and successful training operation has expanded into the Mid-Atlantic region in recent years, will judge the 85th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 30. Entries close June 1.

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