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Swoop wins first stakes in Mrs. Ogden Phipps

 Mrs. Thomas Voss’ homebred Swoop won her first career stakes, rallying from last to post a win by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares in Saratoga steeplechase action on Thursday, Aug. 3.

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Ben’s Cat: Gone Way too Soon

The celebration of the historic racing career of Ben’s Cat, and wishing for a long and happy retirement, has turned to heartbreak after King T. Leatherbury’s 11-year-old homebred gelding succumbed to complications from colic surgery on Tuesday, July 18, just 24 days after his final start.

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I’m Betty G captures Pearl Necklace in a thriller

Three Diamonds Farm’s I’m Betty G held off the challenge of a stubborn Riley’s Choice to her outside to earn her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pearl Necklace, winning the mile and a sixteenth turf test for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies by nose.

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Just Howard wins Caveat in battle

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, making his stakes debut seven weeks off a maiden victory, dueled with stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Bonus Points from the gate into deep stretch before edging clear near the wire to capture the $75,000 Caveat Stakes by a head on Saturday, July 15 at Laurel Park.

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Struth speeds to Hockessin Stakes victory

In his third start off a claim at Pimlico for $20,000, 5-year-old Struth dueled on the front end the entire 6 furlongs of Delaware Park’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes on Del Cap Day, Saturday, July 15, before pulling out a one and a half-length victory. Trained by Kieron Magee for owner Mark Sitlinger, Struth recorded his first stakes win, as well as the first for Sitlinger.

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My Magician spellbinding in Dashing Beauty

The 5-year-old Street Magician mare My Magician, making her first start off a claim, flew down the Delaware Park stretch and got up at the wire in the Dashing Beauty Stakes, winning by a nose over stablemate and last year’s winner, Sweet On Smokey.

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Phlash Phelps returns in style in Mister Diz


Hillwood Stables’ Maryland-bred turf champion Phlash Phelps, racing for the first time in seven months at a distance he hadn’t tried in more than two years, rallied to the lead in mid-stretch and held off a pair of late longshot challengers to win the $75,000 Mister Diz at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 24.

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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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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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