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Grade 1-winning millionaire Dortmund to Bonita Farm

(from Bonita Farm press release)

Kaleem Shah’s 5-year-old Dortmund, a Grade 1 winner at 2 and 3 and an Eclipse Award finalist, has been retired and will stand at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for the 2018 breeding season. The imposing chestnut son of champion and dual classic winner Big Brown arrived at Bonita on Oct. 25. He will stand for $7,500 live foal.

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Alliance to stand at Bonita Farm

Alliance, a 3-year-old half-brother to two-time champion grass mare Tepin and three-quarter-brother to millionaire Vyjack from the final crop of top sire Harlan’s Holiday, has arrived at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., to stand his first season in 2018.

Alliance is owned by Larry Karp’s Plano, Tex.-based Barlar LLC, which will support the new stallion with mares, according to Bonita Farm patriarch Bill Boniface. The decision to stand Alliance in Maryland was made in part due to the resurgence of Maryland racing, but also based on his pedigree, which has deep roots in the state.

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Millionaire Madefromlucky retired to Northview

  (From Northview Stallion Station press release)

Madefromlucky, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 by emerging sire Lookin At Lucky (champion colt at 2 and 3) out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced. 

“Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up,” said Northview president Richard Golden. 

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Graded winner Holy Boss to stand at Anchor & Hope Farm

Holy Boss, a Grade 2-winning sprinter and earner of $771,527 who ran exclusively in stakes races since the spring of his 3-year-old season, will enter stud at Louis Merryman’s Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., joining Imagining and Bourbon Courage, for the 2018 season.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale continues rise

Coming off the success of a year ago, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale held Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the sales pavilion in Timonium surpassed last year’s figures by average, median and gross, the only negative an increased buyback rate. And Maryland-breds figured prominently among the top prices, accounting for seven of the 15 six-figure yearlings sold.

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Merryman branches out on new stallion venture

In a press release dated Sept. 26, Louis Merryman has announced Anchor & Hope Farm will stand stallions starting in the 2018 season in Port Deposit, Md. Merryman previously was a partner in Heritage Stallions Inc. Imagining and Bourbon Courage, who entered stud at Heritage Stallions in 2016 and had first foals arrive this year, will move to Anchor & Hope starting in 2018. A final roster will be announced later in the year.

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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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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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