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Alliance to stand at Bonita Farm

Alliance, a 3-year-old half-brother to two-time champion grass mare Tepin and three-quarter-brother to millionaire Vyjack from the final crop of top sire Harlan’s Holiday, has arrived at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., to stand his first season in 2018.

Alliance is owned by Larry Karp’s Plano, Tex.-based Barlar LLC, which will support the new stallion with mares, according to Bonita Farm patriarch Bill Boniface. The decision to stand Alliance in Maryland was made in part due to the resurgence of Maryland racing, but also based on his pedigree, which has deep roots in the state.

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Millionaire Madefromlucky retired to Northview

  (From Northview Stallion Station press release)

Madefromlucky, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 by emerging sire Lookin At Lucky (champion colt at 2 and 3) out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced. 

“Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up,” said Northview president Richard Golden. 

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Graded winner Holy Boss to stand at Anchor & Hope Farm

Holy Boss, a Grade 2-winning sprinter and earner of $771,527 who ran exclusively in stakes races since the spring of his 3-year-old season, will enter stud at Louis Merryman’s Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., joining Imagining and Bourbon Courage, for the 2018 season.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale continues rise

Coming off the success of a year ago, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale held Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the sales pavilion in Timonium surpassed last year’s figures by average, median and gross, the only negative an increased buyback rate. And Maryland-breds figured prominently among the top prices, accounting for seven of the 15 six-figure yearlings sold.

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Merryman branches out on new stallion venture

In a press release dated Sept. 26, Louis Merryman has announced Anchor & Hope Farm will stand stallions starting in the 2018 season in Port Deposit, Md. Merryman previously was a partner in Heritage Stallions Inc. Imagining and Bourbon Courage, who entered stud at Heritage Stallions in 2016 and had first foals arrive this year, will move to Anchor & Hope starting in 2018. A final roster will be announced later in the year.

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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 offerings at Kentucky fall mixed sales

A total of 60 Maryland-breds are catalogued to the major fall breeding stock sales in Lexington, Ky. Two are headed to Fasig-Tipton’s marquee November Sale on Sunday, Nov. 4. And 58 can be found in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, which runs from Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 16.

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Maryland Breeding Industry 2018 Breeders’ Cup connections

Friday:
Knicks Go (Race 9: Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, MD-bred)
Distant Shore (Race 4: Street Sense S, MD-bred)

Saturday:
Still Having Fun (Race 2: Cherokee Run S, MD-bred)
Ruby Notion (Race 4: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, MD-sired) 

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First-year Tapit sons Bandbox, Tritap, get first stakes winners on Maryland Million Day

Bandbox and the late Tritap, both sons of Tapit who entered stud in Chesapeake City in 2015 – at Northview Stallion Station and Heritage Stallions, respectively – got their first stakes winners in their first crops at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day, Oct. 20.

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