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Swoop wins first stakes in Mrs. Ogden Phipps

 Mrs. Thomas Voss’ homebred Swoop won her first career stakes, rallying from last to post a win by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares in Saratoga steeplechase action on Thursday, Aug. 3.

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Ben’s Cat: Gone Way too Soon

The celebration of the historic racing career of Ben’s Cat, and wishing for a long and happy retirement, has turned to heartbreak after King T. Leatherbury’s 11-year-old homebred gelding succumbed to complications from colic surgery on Tuesday, July 18, just 24 days after his final start.

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I’m Betty G captures Pearl Necklace in a thriller

Three Diamonds Farm’s I’m Betty G held off the challenge of a stubborn Riley’s Choice to her outside to earn her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pearl Necklace, winning the mile and a sixteenth turf test for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies by nose.

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Just Howard wins Caveat in battle

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, making his stakes debut seven weeks off a maiden victory, dueled with stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Bonus Points from the gate into deep stretch before edging clear near the wire to capture the $75,000 Caveat Stakes by a head on Saturday, July 15 at Laurel Park.

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Struth speeds to Hockessin Stakes victory

In his third start off a claim at Pimlico for $20,000, 5-year-old Struth dueled on the front end the entire 6 furlongs of Delaware Park’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes on Del Cap Day, Saturday, July 15, before pulling out a one and a half-length victory. Trained by Kieron Magee for owner Mark Sitlinger, Struth recorded his first stakes win, as well as the first for Sitlinger.

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My Magician spellbinding in Dashing Beauty

The 5-year-old Street Magician mare My Magician, making her first start off a claim, flew down the Delaware Park stretch and got up at the wire in the Dashing Beauty Stakes, winning by a nose over stablemate and last year’s winner, Sweet On Smokey.

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Phlash Phelps returns in style in Mister Diz


Hillwood Stables’ Maryland-bred turf champion Phlash Phelps, racing for the first time in seven months at a distance he hadn’t tried in more than two years, rallied to the lead in mid-stretch and held off a pair of late longshot challengers to win the $75,000 Mister Diz at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 24.

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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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