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Just Howard extends streak in $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard won his fourth straight race and earned his first graded stakes victory by three-quarters of a length over Voodoo Song in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby-G3 for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Under jockey Feargal Lynch, Just Howard stalked pacesetter Voodoo Song, the 3-5 favorite, through early fractions of 22.97 seconds, :46.47 and 1:10.33 in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. The Maryland-bred son of English Channel trailed by one and a half lengths at the top of the stretch but steadily gained on the pacesetter and finished in 1:45.81, a record for the Kelso Turf Course layout.

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Maryland-bred yearlings at Keeneland

A total of 20 Maryland-breds went through the sales ring in Lexington, Ky., the first eight days of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, which kicked off on Monday, Sept. 11. The 14 sold grossed $2,361,000, for an average of $168,643, with eight bringing six figures.

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Timonium meet concludes on high note

The 2017 Maryland State Fair race meeting in Timonium, held seven days from Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, produced gains in all sources handle of 47.28 percent, $5,261,522 compared to $3,572,474 last year.Attendance at the track was up 6.41 percent.

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Jim McKay the 2017 recipient of Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism

The late Jim McKay, beloved by millions as the host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” is the recipient of the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. The award will be presented posthumously the evening of Friday, Nov. 10, at Harford Community College. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” begins with the viewing of an exhibit on the broadcast journalist’s life starting at 5 p.m. A reception and award presentation will follow.

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Maryland-Sired Maryland-Breds to earn more

Beginning with the 2017 Fall meet at Laurel Park, a 50 percent breeder bonus (the regular 30 percent plus an additional 20 percent) will be paid to breeders of registered Maryland-breds by Maryland stallions who win a maiden race in Maryland.

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Maryland Pride Day 2017

On a day at the races promoted as Maryland Pride Day, it was almost fate that there would be winners named Maryland Pride, Crabcakes and Bawlmer Hon.

The third annual Maryland Pride Day, held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Laurel Park, offered a dozen races (seven with preference to Maryland-bred and sired plus three $75,000 restricted stakes) and attracted more than 100 Maryland-bred entries. And although a wet week moved four of the six turf races off the turf, the fields dominated by Maryland-bred runners offered plenty of competition.

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Maryland-breds at Keeneland January Sale

Avla “Poppet” Pitts’ chestnut filly, a yearling half-sister to 2018 multiple stakes-winning Maryland-bred juvenile Alwaysmining, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale held Jan. 7-10 in Lexington, Ky.

The Maryland-bred filly, by Medaglia d’Oro’s son Fast Anna, whose oldest foals are just-turned 2-year-olds, was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent for $100,000. She was purchased by Caroline and Grey Bentley, who campaign Alwaysmining, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes in December, under the name of their Runnymede Racing.

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MHBA celebrates 90 years

“The formation of an organization, in whole or in part of persons, firms
and/or corporations, who have been or are at the present, or who likely will be interested in the breeding and improvement of horses; the fostering and preserving of traditions pertaining to the horse everywhere and particularly the fine traditions of the horse in Maryland. . .”
—From the Articles of Incorporation, Jan. 12, 1929

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No Never No More to stand first season in Maryland

No Never No More, a 3-year-old son of the highly-successful Scat Daddy from a family of sires, including Europe’s 2018 leading first-crop sire, No Nay Never, will stand his first season at Faith and Brad Leatherman’s Winding Creek Farm in Union Bridge. He is offered free to approved mares, with a $350 booking fee payable in advance.

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