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Bonus Points rallies to win Parx Derby

Despite getting a less than perfect trip, Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points rallied from last on the backstretch and outran his six rivals to win the $100,000 Parx Derby on Saturday, May 6 at Parx Racing. The 3-year-old son of Majestic Warrior trained by Todd Pletcher recorded the first stakes win of his career.

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Seven-year-old Next Best Thing takes Conniver in stakes debut

Making her stakes debut in her 55th career start, MCA Racing Stable’s veteran campaigner Next Best Thing split horses leaving the backstretch, opened a clear lead down the lane and held off late-running If I Was a Boy to win the $75,000 Conniver by a length. The 7-year-old daughter of Stephen Got Even, having her best year ever, recorded her 13th career victory, and boosted her earnings to $376,802. Three of her wins, and $104,402, have come from five starts this year.

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September 4, 2014: Eighttofasttocatch and the All-Brandy Stakes

The $125,000 All-Brandy for registered Maryland-bred fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth on the turf is the first stakes on Laurel Park's opening Saturday, Sept. 6, card (race 4). A field of eight have been entered, led by Graham Motion-trained Dark Hollow Farm homebred Joy, the 7-5 program favorite, winner of the Perfect Sting Stakes on the yielding turf at Belmont on July 4. Others in the field include 9-5 second choice Nashly's Vow, a four-time winner on the grass, and 2012 Maryland-bred 2-year-old filly champion Mystic Love.

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Joy trains at Fair Hill Training Center. Maggie Kimmitt photo.

Eighttofasttocatch will make his season debut Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6, at Laurel Park. Trainer Tim Keefe has cross-entered his star in both the $100,000 Dave's Friend Stakes (race 8) and the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes (race 9), two of four stakes races on Saturday's 10-race card.

The 8-year-old is the fourth choice, at 5-1, in the Dave's Friend, a 6-furlong test on the main track and is a 12-1 morning line shot in the Japan Racing Association at 1 1/16 miles, scheduled to be contested on the turf. Forest Boyce will ride.

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August 11, 2014: The Big Beast and Daring Dancer

From Saratoga Race Course Notes by NYRA Press Office:

Saturday, Aug. 9: The Big Beast (Yes It's True) fired a bullet work over the main track at Saratoga on Saturday, going five furlongs in :58 4/5 after the break, the fastest time of 34 horses at the distance.
No one was more impressed with the breeze than Tony Dutrow, trainer of the Maryland-bred colt, who is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the $500,000 King's Bishop S-G1 on Aug. 23.
"That may have been the most impressive workout that I have ever seen in my whole life," Dutrow said. "I really don't think I've ever seen a horse go so fast, so easily. And, we didn't get paid for that out there today so I'm not trying to impress."
Following two unsuccessful attempts at breaking his maiden earlier this year, one at Oaklawn Park in March and the other at Belmont Park in May, The Big Beast broke from the rail and led all the way in a 4 1/4-length triumph at Belmont on June 8, going six furlongs in 1:09.59. The Big Beast beat older horses in his first try against winners in an allowance on July 26 at Saratoga, hitting the wire 6 1/4 lengths in front after six furlongs in 1:09. "We were really happy with his maiden win," Dutrow said. "We wrestled with the possibility of running him in the Amsterdam instead of the allowance race, but we thought maybe a little more experience would get us to the King's Bishop better. That's what we chose to do. I hope we made the right decision. It looks like we're coming into the King's Bishop as good as we could possibly dream it."... Click here for more.

Friday, Aug. 8: [Maryland-bred] Daring Dancer, winner of the Grade 2 Lake George on July 23, and Grade 1 winner Minorette are among the horses pointing to the Grade 2, $300,000 Knob Creek Lake Placid for 3-year-old turf fillies going nine furlongs on Aug. 16. Daring Dancer began the year taking the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland in April and, following a dull effort in the Wonder Again at Belmont, stepped up to win the 1 1/16-mile Lake George by a head. Runner-up in the Wonder Again, Minorette came back to take the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational by two lengths on July 5. Also expected in the Knob Creek Lake Placid are Crown Queen, a Spa allowance winner on July 30 and a half-sister to champion Royal Delta; Wonder Again winner and Belmont Oaks runner-up Sea Queen; and Xcellence, a Group 3 winner in her native France. Stellaris is also possible.

Robert T. Manfuso homebred Fed Biz colt named champion of 2018 MHBA Yearling Show

Perennial yearling show participant Robert T. Manfuso took home the Chanceland Farm Challenge Trophy for grand champion when his Fed Biz colt out of the Elusive Quality mare Proficient was picked by judge Rick Violette at the 84th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Maryland-bred yearling show, held on Sunday, June 24 at the Timonium Fairgrounds horse show ring in Timonium, Md.

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Rick Violette to judge 2018 MHBA Yearling Show

Grade 1-winning New York-based trainer Rick Violette will judge the 84th 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 24. Entries close Friday, June 1.

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Yearling Show Purse Premium results – racing in 2017

The top earners for the $40,000 MHBA Yearling Show Purse Premium, a bonus award from the Maryland-bred Fund presented to the highest-earning 2 and 3-year-olds shown at the annual MHBA yearling show, have been tabulated. Every yearling shown, regardless of class standing, is eligible for these cash awards which are split and distributed twice-$20,000 divided among the exhibitors of the four show contestants who earn the most money at 2 and another $20,000 divided among the exhibitors of the four highest-earning at 3. All earnings are verifiable by The Jockey Club.

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John Servis to judge MHBA Yearling Show

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer John Servis, who sent out Maryland-bred Yearling Show graduate Cathryn Sophia to win this year’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks-G1, will judge the 82nd 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 26.

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A brief history of the Maryland-bred champions

For more than half of the first part of the 20th century, the best runners to come out of Maryland were glorified, eagerly followed and granted a lot of press. But they were never officially honored. That changed with the runners of 1962 when the editorial staff of The Maryland Horse selected the “best” of the year and published a “poll” in the January 1963 issue. Led by writer and magazine researcher Joe Hickey, with assistance of editor Snowden Carter and the magazine’s business manager Louise Pascal, six divisional winners (2-year-old male and female, 3-year-old male and female, older male and steeplechaser) and Horse of the Year honors were bestowed.

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First Blofeld foal arrives at Murmur Farm

The first foal for Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld was born on March 1 at the farm in Darlington, Md., when David Baxter’s mare Stormin Casey delivered a chestnut filly. The other nine foals out of the In Case mare are all winners.

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Holy Boss has first U.S. foals on the ground

The first U.S. foal for Grade 2 stakes-winning sprinter Holy Boss was born Jan. 28 at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. The bay filly out of the Kipling mare Kip Berries was bred by Lady Olivia At North Cliff.

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