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About the MHBA Yearling Show

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84th Annual Yearling Show

Sunday, June 24 • 10 am

Maryland State Fairgrounds • Timonium

Judge: Rick Violette

Crab Feast is Saturday, June 23, 6 pm at Grandstand Concourse

Begun in 1932 as a showcase for Maryland breeders' yearlings, the show was first held on the lawn in front of the old Pimlico Clubhouse. In 1960, the show was moved to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium, and has been held there since. Twenty-six Hall of Fame trainers are counted among our past judges, including Triple Crown-winning trainers Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, Lucien Laurin and Triple Crown-winning Billy Turner judged the show in 1977, the day after Seattle Slew won the Preakness.  Alfred G. Vanderbilt remains the leading owner of yearling show champions, his Sagamore Farm winning seven shows—the first coming in 1934 and the last in 1967. The most successful sire of champions in the yearling show’s history is Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s Discovery, the sire of five champions over seven years.

Past Judges • Previous Winners

The MHBA Yearling Show is open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration. Usually held on the fourth Sunday in June, it is judged by a well-known national trainer invited by the Yearling Show Committee.

There are four classes. One for Maryland-sired colts and geldings (may be split evenly by date of birth after entries are closed), one for Maryland-sired fillies (maybe split evenly by date of birth after entries are closed), out-of-state-sired colts and geldings, out-of-state-sired fillies.

Most importantly, in addition to prize money distributed the day of the show, all horses exhibited are eligible for the Yearling Show Purse Awards, totaling $40,000.

There are two opportunities to win these purse awards.

A $40,000 MHBA Yearling Show purse will be split and distributed twice:

$20,000 will go to the top four money-winners* racing as 2-year-olds and another $20,000 will be awarded the following year to the four highest-earning* 3-year-old performers.

Previous MHBA Yearling Show Premium winners 

*all earnings verifiable by The Jockey Club.

Class Descriptions

Classes I

For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland. Classes will be split evenly, based on foaling date, after entries have closed.

Class II.

For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland.

Classes III.

For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland. Classes will be split evenly, based on foaling date, after entries have been closed.

Class IV.

For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland.

Class V.

Championship Class. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be judged from the winners of Classes I - IV.

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There is a Grand Champion cash award of $1,000 and a Reserve Champion cash award of $500.

The Chanceland Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the owner of the Grand Champion yearling to hold for one year. This trophy must be won three times by the same exhibitor to become his permanent possession.

Permanent trophies will be awarded to the Grand Champion yearling and the Reserve Champion yearling.

The Northview Stallion Station Challenge Trophy is handed out each year to the leading Maryland sire of the show. The trophy is offered in the name of Not For Love, who retired the Worthington Farm’s Challenge Trophy in 2006 by winning it three times.

Maryland Million Awards: Cash prizes of $100 each will be given in Class I and Class III to the Maryland Million certified yearling earning the highest ribbon.

Prize money in Classes I through IV will total $4,000, $1,000 in each class. Prize money distribution: first $500, second $200, third $150, fourth $100, fifth $50.

There is a Grand Champion cash award of $1,000 and a Reserve Champion cash award of $500.

Additional Exhibitor Information

  • NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST required within 12 months of show date in compliance with the Maryland Department of Agriculture regulations.
  • Proof of vaccination for EHV-1 certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that your yearling has been vaccinated between 7 and 90 days prior to the show date.
  • The show starts promptly at 10 a.m. Vans please use north gate on York Road—follow signs to unloading ramps behind Cow Palace.
  • Stalls will not be available until the morning of the show on a first-come basis. Straw will be provided.

Amateur Judging Contest

Visitors are invited to participate in a Judging Contest for Class III at the Yearling Show. The contest will be open to all. Contestants will not be permitted in the judging ring. Cards will be collected before the judge makes his official placings.

A trophy will be awarded to the highest ranking amateur judge of each sex participating in the contest.

Groom’s Awards

An award of $100 will be given to the groom of the best turned out yearling in each class, the Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion.

Junior Showmanship Award

Presented to outstanding junior showmen

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