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$430,000 Gale tops Maryland-breds at Keeneland November

Stakes winner Gale, bred by R.S. Evans, was the highest-priced Maryland-bred to sell at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, held Nov. 10 through Nov. 19, in Lexington, Ky. A group of 25 Maryland-breds sold, with nine bringing six figures.

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Six-Figure Maryland-breds at star-studded Fasig-Tipton November sale

Coming off of a historic weekend for Maryland-breds at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar, the streak of success continued as graded stakes winner Project Whiskey led the group of four Maryland-breds sold for six-figures at the elite Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in Lexington, Ky.

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Knicks Go takes Breeders’ Cup Classic, secures Horse of the Year crown

Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go faced his toughest challenge to date heading into the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1, as he prepared to stretch out for the first time at the mile and a quarter distance while taking on seven of the country’s best distance horses. But the mounting pressure of the test ahead never seemed to phase the Brad Cox trainee as the speedy gray led gate-to-wire to clinch victory by two and three-quarter lengths over Kentucky Derby-G1 winner Medina Spirit on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar. In doing so, he became the third Maryland-bred in history to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, joining back-to-back winners Concern and Cigar in 1994 and 1995.

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Aloha West rallies for thrilling Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 victory

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ late-running Aloha West delivered an epic performance in getting his first stakes win in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 at Del Mar on Saturday, Nov. 6. The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun surged down the stretch and caught Dr. Schivel at the wire to prevail by the slimmest of noses on the world’s biggest stage.

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Maryland-breds make history at 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Aloha West and Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go, the only two Maryland-bred contenders at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., made history Saturday, Nov. 6, as they each won their races to mark the first time two Maryland-breds won on the same Breeders’ Cup card.

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Welcome to the Team: Erin Swope

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is excited to introduce Erin Swope, one of two new full-time staff members, who has taken on the role of bookkeeper in our finance department. Erin, a 23-year-old native of Westminster, graduated in December 2020 from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance. On top of her time in the MHBA office, she spends her mornings at Pimlico exercising racehorses for trainer Mary Eppler.

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Welcome to the Team: Becky Remsberg

Along with Erin, the MHBA is proud to introduce Becky Remsberg, another new full-time staff member, who has been hired as our administrative assistant and public outreach coordinator. Becky, a 24-year-old native of Fallston, received her associate’s degree in agricultural business management from the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017 and recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology.

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Fans welcomed back for 36th Annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

After attendance was limited last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 36th annual Maryland Million Day reflected a return to normalcy as fans were welcomed back for an exciting day of racing on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Laurel Park, where Maryland-breds captured 10 of the 12 races.

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Nyquist filly tops Maryland-bred offerings at record-breaking Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale

Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale, which saw records fall across the board, featured a strong group of Maryland-breds, with four selling for six figures over the two-day sale held Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, in Timonium. A $450,000 bay filly by Nyquist, purchased by Oracle Bloodstock, agent, was the highest-selling Maryland-bred of the sale.

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Jaxon Traveler gets graded win in Maryland Sprint Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler came out swinging in his return to Pimlico on Preakness Day, securing his first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes-G3 on Saturday, May 21.

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Can the Queen speeds to victory in The Very One Stakes

Joanne Shankle’s Can the Queen notched one for the home team on Black-Eyed Susan Day with a front-running score in the five-furlong The Very One Stakes, for fillies and mares, 3 & up, on Friday, May 20 at Pimlico.

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