Former MHBA Executive Director Rich Wilcke passes at 79

Richard W. Wilcke, former executive vice-president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), founding executive director of the Maryland Million Ltd. as well as founding editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, died on April 18, 2023, at Shelbyville Hospital in Kentucky. A resident of Pleasureville, Ky., he was 79.

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Maryland-bred steeplechase bonuses offered in Maryland

With the Spring steeplechase season on its way, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association would like to remind owners and breeders of bonuses available for Maryland-breds in the NSA sanctioned steeplechase and timber meetings in Maryland.  The 2023 events are My Lady’s Manor, Grand National, Maryland Hunt Cup, and Shawan Downs.

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Mavilus upsets Conniver

Thanks to a perfectly-timed ride by Laurel Park’s leading rider, Jaime Rodriguez, Mavilus mowed down her competition late and won the Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired fillies and mares at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 18 in a 25-1 upset.

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Maryland-bred champions and industry leaders celebrated during 2022 Renaissance Champion Awards

Winners of the sixth annual Renaissance Champion Awards, a collaborative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year, were announced the week of Feb. 27 on the MHBA’s social media accounts. 

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Eastern Bay joins millionaire's club with General George-G3 victory

On a day in which tracks across the country honored the late rider Avery Whisman, it was appropriate that his highest-earning mount, Eastern Bay, held the spotlight. The 9-year-old gelding picked up his first graded stakes victory on Saturday, Feb. 18, when he won the General George Stakes-G3 at Laurel Park by one and a half lengths and boosted his career earnings past the seven-figure mark.

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Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards to be announced beginning Feb. 27

Reisterstown, Md.—The winners of the sixth annual Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, will be announced starting next week. Awards will be given for the top Maryland owner, trainer, jockey, dirt horses, turf horses, claimer, Maryland stallion, broodmare and breeder, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2022. Special awards will be presented to Pimlico and Laurel Backstretch Employees of the Year.

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Maryland-bred Ghostzapper weanling leads Midlantic December Mixed Sale

A Maryland-bred weanling colt by Ghostzapper led the way at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed and Horses of Racing Age Sale, held at Timonium on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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Maryland Horse Foundation announces "12 Days of Giving" campaign

The Maryland Horse Foundation is thrilled to announce our 12 Days of Giving campaign, as we bring the impact of the Maryland Horse Foundation to life!

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Circle P rallies to win Maryland Juvenile

Circle P rallied from well off the early pace and got there in time to capture the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 2 in a modest 8-1 upset. 

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