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Maryland-bred yearlings at Keeneland

A total of 20 Maryland-breds went through the sales ring in Lexington, Ky., the first eight days of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, which kicked off on Monday, Sept. 11. The 14 sold grossed $2,361,000, for an average of $168,643, with eight bringing six figures.

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Timonium meet concludes on high note

The 2017 Maryland State Fair race meeting in Timonium, held seven days from Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, produced gains in all sources handle of 47.28 percent, $5,261,522 compared to $3,572,474 last year.Attendance at the track was up 6.41 percent.

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Jim McKay the 2017 recipient of Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism

The late Jim McKay, beloved by millions as the host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” is the recipient of the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. The award will be presented posthumously the evening of Friday, Nov. 10, at Harford Community College. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” begins with the viewing of an exhibit on the broadcast journalist’s life starting at 5 p.m. A reception and award presentation will follow.

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Maryland-Sired Maryland-Breds to earn more

Beginning with the 2017 Fall meet at Laurel Park, a 50 percent breeder bonus (the regular 30 percent plus an additional 20 percent) will be paid to breeders of registered Maryland-breds by Maryland stallions who win a maiden race in Maryland.

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Maryland Pride Day 2017

On a day at the races promoted as Maryland Pride Day, it was almost fate that there would be winners named Maryland Pride, Crabcakes and Bawlmer Hon.

The third annual Maryland Pride Day, held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Laurel Park, offered a dozen races (seven with preference to Maryland-bred and sired plus three $75,000 restricted stakes) and attracted more than 100 Maryland-bred entries. And although a wet week moved four of the six turf races off the turf, the fields dominated by Maryland-bred runners offered plenty of competition.

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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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