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John Jones returns a winner in Jennings Stakes

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Back at home after having his four-race win streak snapped in South Florida, Matt Schera’s John Jones led from start to finish and cruised to a five-length victory in the $75,000 Jennings Stakes on the New Year’s Eve card at Laurel Park Dec. 31.

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Lovable Lady springs upset in Willa On the Move Stakes

Showing off her affinity for the local track, Lovable Lady reeled in graded stakes-winning heavy favorite Hot City Girl approaching the stretch and sprinted clear after straightening for home to post a powerful 12-1 upset in the $100,000 Willa On the Move on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Laurel Park.

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Top Striker strikes in Colonial Cup-G1

Sue Sensor’s Top Striker, a hometown hero in the home of the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup, staged a bravura performance on Nov. 19 to win the 47th edition of the Colonial Cup and deny earnings champion Rawnaq’s bid for a perfect season.

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Maryland's Horse Industry Turns Corner

A study by Sage Policy Group Inc. concludes that economic impacts stemming from Maryland’s horse industry support almost 10,000 jobs, an associated $481.8 million in labor income, and roughly $1.15 billion in business sales.

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MHBA Moves to Goucher College Campus

(Timonium, MD – November 21, 2016) The Board of Directors of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) is very pleased to announce that the headquarters of the MHBA will be moving to the Goucher College campus in Towson, Maryland, by the end of the year.

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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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