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Struth pulls clear in Howard M. Bender Memorial

Mark Sitlinger’s Struth earned his second stakes victory in eight starts since being claimed for $20,000 in mid-May at Pimlico, taking command on the turn and rolling to a four and a quarter-length triumph in the $75,000 Howard M. Bender Memorial on Dec. 9 at Laurel Park. The 5-year-old chestnut son of Curlin completed six furlongs in 1:09.21.

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Fanniebellefleming proves best in Donna Freyer

Lee Christian’s Fanniebellefleming edged clear of favorite Kapalua Starlight in mid-stretch and pulled away to a two and a quarter-length victory in the $50,000 Donna Freyer Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 25. The six-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies was one of two South Carolina Residency Races on the card, restricted to runners who spent at least 90 days in South Carolina.

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2019 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr. join Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning

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Maryland-breds running on Belmont Stakes Day

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, features 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. Two Maryland-breds, multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining and stakes winner Dirty, will compete in two of the stakes on June 8.

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Michael Stidham to judge 2019 MHBA Yearling Show

Michael Stidham, whose large and successful training operation has expanded into the Mid-Atlantic region in recent years, will judge the 85th 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 30. Entries close June 1.

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