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Announcing the Maryland-bred champions of 2016

For immediate release March 2, 2017 Baltimore, Md.—Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Cathryn Sophia was named 2016 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old filly and champion sprinter in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

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First foal for Hangover Kid

The first foal by Grade 2 winner Hangover Kid was reported by Audrey Murray of Murmur Farm in Darlington, a chestnut colt out of the winning Carnivalay mare Aunt Louise bred by Richie Blue Jr. and born on Feb. 11.

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Louis Quatorze dead at 24

Louis Quatorze, the only classic winner standing at stud in Maryland in 2017, collapsed and died the afternoon of Feb. 17 while galloping across his paddock at Audrey Murray’s Murmur Farm in Darlington, Md. The 1996 Preakness winner was 24.

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First winner for Gandhi

Gandhi, a son A.P. Indy standing at Royal Wux Farm in Chestertown, got his first winner when Sterling General was up in time in a four and a half-furlong maiden special weight at Charles Town on Feb. 2.

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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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