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Dale Romans to judge 2017 MHBA Yearling Show

 Eclipse Award and classic-winning trainer Dale Romans will judge the 83rd 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 25. Entries close Friday, June 2.

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Maryland-breds sell well at April OBS 2-year-old sale

Following the trend from the March select sale, Maryland-breds sold well above the sale’s average at the April Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-old sale that ran from Tuesday, April 25 through Friday, April 28 in Ocala, Fla. Of the eight Maryland-bred juveniles offered, seven sold. The Maryland-bred average was $110,857, compared to $90,245 for the overall sale.

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2017 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

Towson, MD (4/27/17) - The Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are millionaire steeplechaser and 2017 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame steeplechase electee Good Night Shirt and classic winner Deputed Testamony, the most recent Maryland-bred to win the Preakness Stakes-G1. 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).good night shirt to wire 3.jpg

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Former MHBA executive Timothy T. Capps dead at 71

Tim's Memorial will be held on Monday, May 22nd, 11:30am, Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Rd. Louisville, KY 40241

Timothy T. Capps, former Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Million executive and Maryland Horse/Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editor, died April 22 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Ky., of complications from a stroke he suffered in February. He was 71.

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2017 debut of Ben’s Cat

Four-time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Ben’s Cat made his 11-year-old debut on Sunday, April 16, and was beaten less than a length when finishing fifth in the featured seventh race allowance at Laurel Park.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program deadline: April 21

Applications are due April 21 for the inaugural Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP), an exciting career development initiative announced by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) and set to launch in June 2017. The six-day curriculum will expose participants to all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry through site visits and discussions with industry leaders A maximum number of six people will be selected for the inaugural class. Click here for more details and to access the application

Steeplechase greats Good Night Shirt and trainer Thomas H. Voss elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

(From National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Press Release)

Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Steeplechase Horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Tom Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association leader in wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony that is open to the public and free to attend at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The Steeplechase Review Committee meets once every four years to consider candidates.

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Maryland-breds among highlights at OBS 2-year-old sale

Four Maryland-bred juveniles were offered at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March 2-year-old sale, held March 14 and 15 in Ocala, Fla., and all brought six figures, for an average of $483,750. The overall sale average was $186,727. The quartet combined to sell for $1,935,000.

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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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