Graded success: Beach View at Del Mar

Making his first start at the seaside track, Beach View pulled an upset over 3-5 favorite Hoppertunity to win Del Mar’s Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap on Wednesday, July 25. Given a ground-saving ride by jockey Rafael Bejarano, Beach View swept to the front along the rail turning into the stretch and won easily by nearly five lengths. The fourth choice in the field of seven, he paid $20 to win.

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O Dionysus sets course record in Cape Henlopen Stakes

Stretching out to a mile and half for the first time in his 16-start career, O Dionysus battled for the lead the majority of the trip and proved gritty late to win the $75,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes by a head at Delaware Park on Saturday, July 7. He set a course record in the process, getting the distance in 2:25.99 over the firm turf while recording his third career stakes win.

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Peach of a Gal takes Christiana Stakes

Glenangus Farm’s homebred Peach of a Gal got up in the final strides to win the $50,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday, June 20 at Delaware Park. With Jorge Vargas Jr. aboard, the daughter of Curlin recorded her first career stakes victory by a length and returned $34. Final time for the about mile and a sixteenth over a firm turf course was 1:42.39, less than a second off the 22-year-old course record. Trained by H. Graham Motion, Peach of a Gal had two prior stakes attempts – an off-the-board finish in the Florida Oaks-G3 in March, her stakes debut, and a third in the $100,000 Hilltop over the Pimlico turf course on May 18 in her previous start.

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I’m Betty G takes charge in Lady Canterbury Stakes

Making her first start at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., Three Diamonds Farm’s I’m Betty G took control after the first half-mile of the one-mile Lady Canterbury Stakes and held off her six rivals to win by one and a quarter lengths, getting the distance over a firm turf in 1:35.44. It was the second career stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief.

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Rockinn On Bye ends drought at Laurel

Stephen R. Ferguson’s multiple graded stakes-placed gelding Rockinn On Bye, the richest Maryland-bred currently in training, snapped a 31-month losing streak with a thrilling last-to-first head victory over favored Showalter in the featured ninth race at Laurel Park on June 2.

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Court Date a cause to celebrate in It’s Only Money Stakes

Breeder/owner/trainer Lela Hanagan got the first stakes win of her training career when her homebred Court Date surprised a field of veteran stakes horses in Charles Town’s It’s Only Money Stakes on the evening of Saturday, May 12. The 4-year-old gray gelding, who returned $23.80 for the win, led at every call in the four and a half-furlong stakes, a “Win & You’re In” race for this year’s West Virginia Dash for Cash Breeders Classic.

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Group 1 winner Long River to stand at Anchor & Hope

Long River, an 8-year-old son of leading sire and sire of sires A.P. Indy out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 winner Round Pond, has been retired and will stand his first season in 2019 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. 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). Read more 

A celebration to recognize this year’s class of inductees will take place at Laurel Park on Maryland Pride Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is 30!

October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Marking the celebration is a fundraising campaign, the 30 for 30 Campaign, to support the MHIF’s growing menu of educational programs. Read more