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Swoop wins first stakes in Mrs. Ogden Phipps

 Mrs. Thomas Voss’ homebred Swoop won her first career stakes, rallying from last to post a win by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares in Saratoga steeplechase action on Thursday, Aug. 3.

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Ben’s Cat: Gone Way too Soon

The celebration of the historic racing career of Ben’s Cat, and wishing for a long and happy retirement, has turned to heartbreak after King T. Leatherbury’s 11-year-old homebred gelding succumbed to complications from colic surgery on Tuesday, July 18, just 24 days after his final start.

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I’m Betty G captures Pearl Necklace in a thriller

Three Diamonds Farm’s I’m Betty G held off the challenge of a stubborn Riley’s Choice to her outside to earn her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pearl Necklace, winning the mile and a sixteenth turf test for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies by nose.

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Just Howard wins Caveat in battle

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, making his stakes debut seven weeks off a maiden victory, dueled with stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Bonus Points from the gate into deep stretch before edging clear near the wire to capture the $75,000 Caveat Stakes by a head on Saturday, July 15 at Laurel Park.

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Struth speeds to Hockessin Stakes victory

In his third start off a claim at Pimlico for $20,000, 5-year-old Struth dueled on the front end the entire 6 furlongs of Delaware Park’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes on Del Cap Day, Saturday, July 15, before pulling out a one and a half-length victory. Trained by Kieron Magee for owner Mark Sitlinger, Struth recorded his first stakes win, as well as the first for Sitlinger.

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My Magician spellbinding in Dashing Beauty

The 5-year-old Street Magician mare My Magician, making her first start off a claim, flew down the Delaware Park stretch and got up at the wire in the Dashing Beauty Stakes, winning by a nose over stablemate and last year’s winner, Sweet On Smokey.

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Phlash Phelps returns in style in Mister Diz


Hillwood Stables’ Maryland-bred turf champion Phlash Phelps, racing for the first time in seven months at a distance he hadn’t tried in more than two years, rallied to the lead in mid-stretch and held off a pair of late longshot challengers to win the $75,000 Mister Diz at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 24.

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Daylight Ahead a determined Jameela winner


Winners Circle Partners VIII’s lightly-raced homebred Daylight Ahead broke on top and never looked back, stubbornly holding off defending champion Lovable Lady down the stretch to earn her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Jameela on Saturday, June 24 at Laurel Park.

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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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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