Daylight Ahead a determined Jameela winner

Winners Circle Partners VIII’s lightly-raced homebred Daylight Ahead broke on top and never looked back, stubbornly holding off defending champion Lovable Lady down the stretch to earn her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Jameela on Saturday, June 24 at Laurel Park.

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Freshman sire Freedom Child gets first winner

Spendthrift Stallions’ Freedom Child, who entered stud at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., in 2014, got his first official winner June 17 at Laurel Park. Limited View, one of four first-time starters in the seven-horse field, led throughout the 5-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies and drew off in the stretch to win by three and three-quarters lengths as the 1.10-1 favorite. Her time of :57.95 was less than a second off the track record set by Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Famer Dave’s Friend in 1980.

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Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred honored at AHP

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the monthly magazine published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association covering Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the region, was recognized with 11 awards for material published in 2016 from the American Horse Publications on the evening of Saturday, June 17, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Three first-place awards were presented – two for editorial and one in photography. Read more here

Bonita Farm loses Norumbega to colic

Graded stakes winner Norumbega, a son of Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Tiznow, was euthanized on June 6 due to complications from colic surgery. He had been sent to New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for surgery for a cecal impaction on May 26. The 7-year-old gray was in the midst of his first season at stud at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md. Booked to more than 20 mares his first season, he has 14 mares confirmed in foal.

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Everything Lovely flies home in The Very One Stakes

The 5-year-old Maryland-bred mare Everything Lovely broke through with her first stakes win in The Very One Stakes at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 19. The daughter of Pollard’s Vision out of Desiderata, by During, bred by Cynthia and Charles McGinnes, had been second or third in seven other stakes in her career, but left her eight rivals in her wake in The Very One, contested at five furlongs on the turf. Setting fractions of :22.46 and :45.79, she got the distance in :57.93, winning by a length. It was the sixth win in 20 career starts for the chestnut mare, who has been on the board 10 other times. Owned by Pewter Stable and Armand Delaperriere and trained by Kathleen Demasi, Everything Lovely has now earned $321,536.

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Dale Romans to judge 2017 MHBA Yearling Show

 Eclipse Award and classic-winning trainer Dale Romans will judge the 83rd annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 25. Entries close Friday, June 2.

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Maryland-breds sell well at April OBS 2-year-old sale

Following the trend from the March select sale, Maryland-breds sold well above the sale’s average at the April Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-old sale that ran from Tuesday, April 25 through Friday, April 28 in Ocala, Fla. Of the eight Maryland-bred juveniles offered, seven sold. The Maryland-bred average was $110,857, compared to $90,245 for the overall sale.

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2017 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

Towson, MD (4/27/17) - The Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are millionaire steeplechaser and 2017 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame steeplechase electee Good Night Shirt and classic winner Deputed Testamony, the most recent Maryland-bred to win the Preakness Stakes-G1. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA).good night shirt to wire 3.jpg

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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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