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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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Maryland-bred yearlings at Keeneland

A total of 20 Maryland-breds went through the sales ring in Lexington, Ky., the first eight days of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, which kicked off on Monday, Sept. 11. The 14 sold grossed $2,361,000, for an average of $168,643, with eight bringing six figures.

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Timonium meet concludes on high note

The 2017 Maryland State Fair race meeting in Timonium, held seven days from Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, produced gains in all sources handle of 47.28 percent, $5,261,522 compared to $3,572,474 last year.Attendance at the track was up 6.41 percent.

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Jim McKay the 2017 recipient of Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism

The late Jim McKay, beloved by millions as the host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” is the recipient of the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. The award will be presented posthumously the evening of Friday, Nov. 10, at Harford Community College. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” begins with the viewing of an exhibit on the broadcast journalist’s life starting at 5 p.m. A reception and award presentation will follow.

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Maryland-Sired Maryland-Breds to earn more

Beginning with the 2017 Fall meet at Laurel Park, a 50 percent breeder bonus (the regular 30 percent plus an additional 20 percent) will be paid to breeders of registered Maryland-breds by Maryland stallions who win a maiden race in Maryland.

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Maryland Pride Day 2017

On a day at the races promoted as Maryland Pride Day, it was almost fate that there would be winners named Maryland Pride, Crabcakes and Bawlmer Hon.

The third annual Maryland Pride Day, held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Laurel Park, offered a dozen races (seven with preference to Maryland-bred and sired plus three $75,000 restricted stakes) and attracted more than 100 Maryland-bred entries. And although a wet week moved four of the six turf races off the turf, the fields dominated by Maryland-bred runners offered plenty of competition.

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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.