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Freshman sire Freedom Child gets first winner

Spendthrift Stallions’ Freedom Child, who entered stud at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., in 2014, got his first official winner June 17 at Laurel Park. Limited View, one of four first-time starters in the seven-horse field, led throughout the 5-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies and drew off in the stretch to win by three and three-quarters lengths as the 1.10-1 favorite. Her time of :57.95 was less than a second off the track record set by Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Famer Dave’s Friend in 1980.

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Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the monthly magazine published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association covering Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the region, was recognized with 11 awards for material published in 2016 from the American Horse Publications on the evening of Saturday, June 17, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Three first-place awards were presented – two for editorial and one in photography. Read more here

Bonita Farm loses Norumbega to colic

Graded stakes winner Norumbega, a son of Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Tiznow, was euthanized on June 6 due to complications from colic surgery. He had been sent to New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for surgery for a cecal impaction on May 26. The 7-year-old gray was in the midst of his first season at stud at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md. Booked to more than 20 mares his first season, he has 14 mares confirmed in foal.

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Everything Lovely flies home in The Very One Stakes

The 5-year-old Maryland-bred mare Everything Lovely broke through with her first stakes win in The Very One Stakes at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 19. The daughter of Pollard’s Vision out of Desiderata, by During, bred by Cynthia and Charles McGinnes, had been second or third in seven other stakes in her career, but left her eight rivals in her wake in The Very One, contested at five furlongs on the turf. Setting fractions of :22.46 and :45.79, she got the distance in :57.93, winning by a length. It was the sixth win in 20 career starts for the chestnut mare, who has been on the board 10 other times. Owned by Pewter Stable and Armand Delaperriere and trained by Kathleen Demasi, Everything Lovely has now earned $321,536.

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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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May 15 2018 segment on WJZ TV

In case you missed it, here is WJZ's coverage of the recently released AHC Economic Impact study for Maryland.

Horse industry boosts Md. year round, not just at Preakness Time

For more than 250 years, horses have played a vital role in Maryland’s culture, spirit and history, going back to 1743, when the Maryland Jockey Club — the oldest sporting organization in North America — was chartered.

Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

Maryland Horse Industry Adds $1.3 billion to Maryland’s Economy

Home to more than 100,000 horses, Maryland ranks No. 1 in terms of horses per square mile

Baltimore, Md. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy. The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone.

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