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Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program deadline: April 21

Applications are due April 21 for the inaugural Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP), an exciting career development initiative announced by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) and set to launch in June 2017. The six-day curriculum will expose participants to all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry through site visits and discussions with industry leaders A maximum number of six people will be selected for the inaugural class. Click here for more details and to access the application

Steeplechase greats Good Night Shirt and trainer Thomas H. Voss elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

(From National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Press Release)

Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Steeplechase Horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Tom Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association leader in wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony that is open to the public and free to attend at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The Steeplechase Review Committee meets once every four years to consider candidates.

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Maryland-breds among highlights at OBS 2-year-old sale

Four Maryland-bred juveniles were offered at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March 2-year-old sale, held March 14 and 15 in Ocala, Fla., and all brought six figures, for an average of $483,750. The overall sale average was $186,727. The quartet combined to sell for $1,935,000.

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Announcing the Maryland-bred champions of 2016

For immediate release March 2, 2017 Baltimore, Md.—Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Cathryn Sophia was named 2016 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old filly and champion sprinter in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

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First foal for Hangover Kid

The first foal by Grade 2 winner Hangover Kid was reported by Audrey Murray of Murmur Farm in Darlington, a chestnut colt out of the winning Carnivalay mare Aunt Louise bred by Richie Blue Jr. and born on Feb. 11.

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Louis Quatorze dead at 24

Louis Quatorze, the only classic winner standing at stud in Maryland in 2017, collapsed and died the afternoon of Feb. 17 while galloping across his paddock at Audrey Murray’s Murmur Farm in Darlington, Md. The 1996 Preakness winner was 24.

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May 15 2018 segment on WJZ TV

In case you missed it, here is WJZ's coverage of the recently released AHC Economic Impact study for Maryland.

Horse industry boosts Md. year round, not just at Preakness Time

For more than 250 years, horses have played a vital role in Maryland’s culture, spirit and history, going back to 1743, when the Maryland Jockey Club — the oldest sporting organization in North America — was chartered.

Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

Maryland Horse Industry Adds $1.3 billion to Maryland’s Economy

Home to more than 100,000 horses, Maryland ranks No. 1 in terms of horses per square mile

Baltimore, Md. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy. The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone.

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