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Fantasy Owner’s Day at Laurel

Experience the thrill of Thoroughbred ownership on Fantasy Owner’s Day, Saturday, March 18 at Laurel Park. The event, sponsored by Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association, will allow participants to “walk in the shoes of one of the top owners in the region for a day of races.” Registration is free. The day includes a seminar and luncheon.

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First arrival for Northview Stallion Station’s Golden Lad

The first foal by Golden Lad, a multiple graded stakes winner standing at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, arrived at Sycamore Hall in Chesapeake City on Jan. 17. The chestnut colt out of Welcome Inn, a stakes-winning daughter of Orientate, is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed $396,599-earner Rockinn On Bye.

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Nicanor sires first winner

Shamrock Farm stallion Nicanor got his first winner from his first crop with Nicamore’s decisive score in a six-furlong maiden race at Laurel Park on Jan. 28.

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Ten Carat Rock gains first stakes win at Turf Paradise

Maryland-bred Ten Carat Rock, one of the longshots in the field of 10 to contest the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap at Turf Paradise, held off prohibitive favorite Power Ped through the stretch to win by a neck at 17-1 odds while covering the mile over firm turf in 1:35.73. It was the first stakes win in a 21-start career for the 6-year-old chestnut son of Rock Slide bred by Pamela Long Wofford.

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Maryland-bred champions of 2017 announced at inaugural Renaissance Awards

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, winner of the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park as part of a four-race win streak over the summer of 2017, took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and champion turf horse. The announcments were made at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club created to recognize excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in 2017. The event was held on Monday evening, Feb. 12, at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Baltimore.

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2017 Maryland Breeder, Broodmare and Stallion of the Year Awards

Breeder of the Year: HOWARD M. BENDER

Longtime Maryland breeder Howard Bender, one of the state’s most admired and respected figures, earned his fifth Maryland Breeder of the Year award posthumously for a year in which runners he bred earned more than $1.2 million and included Maryland-bred champion finalists Blu Moon Ace and Just Howard.

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2017 Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings

Bolt d’Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, were both assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap, for 2017. The highest weighted filly, at 123 pounds, was Caledonia Road, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1.

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