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Slip and Drive all out to take Japan Racing Association Stakes

Jer-Mar Stable LLC’s Slip and Drive got his first stakes win in gritty fashion, contesting the lead from the start of the mile and a sixteenth grass test and getting the victory by a nose over a hard-charging Roadhog in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Fond Memories: Joe Piarulli on Vertex

It was a frigid, late fall day in Baltimore in 1958. On the early morning of Nov. 29, the day of the 22nd running of the Pimlico Special, the Pimlico track was frozen and only three horses were brave enough to face the hottest horse in training, Frank Piarulli and John Brunetti’s 4-year-old colt Vertex.

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Full Speed Ahead

Dr. Amy O. Burk

The slow days of summer have turned into fall frenzy at the University of Maryland. We wrapped up the summer months watching our two foals play and bond while their mothers grazed off in the distance. Unfortunately, we also watched our colt, Diamondback Fire, develop a solid case of physitis in both front fetlocks.

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The Geisha Stakes

The 41st running of the Geisha Stakes will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Laurel Park. Nine fillies and mares have been nominated to the one-mile main track test worth $100,000 for Maryland-bred and sired fillies, or $75,000 for Maryland-bred runners.

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Team Jim McKay Maryland Million Day prepares to Plunge

On Jan. 25, 2014, Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis will host thousands of warm-hearted Plungers for an experience that has become a winter tradition in Maryland. Once again, Team Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will show their support for Special Olympics Maryland by wading into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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2013 Report of Mares bred for Maryland stallions

The release of the Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2013 breeding season included the top 10 states and provinces by number of mares reported bred. While Maryland did not appear in the top 10, stallions in the state in 2013 bred more mares than in the previous year. Of the top 10 states, only Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas showed increases.

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Eighttofasttocatch leads Maryland-bred winners on 28th Maryland Million Day

Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch took his second Maryland Million Classic in three years with a gate-to-wire effort under Forest Boyce in the $150,000 mile and an eighth stakes. The son of Not For Love trained by Tim Keefe was never threatened as he recorded his 13th career victory from 29 starts, and boosted his lifetime earnings to $794,585. Read more...

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Foyle springs upset in International Gold Cup Timber Stakes

(In part from National Steeplechase Association press release)

Merriefield Farm’s Foyle defied his 11-1 betting odds and won the $50,000 International Gold Cup by one length at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kieran Norris was in the saddle for trainer Bruce Fenwick.

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Future Is Now digs in for first graded win

The future is getting brighter all the time for Larry Johnson’s homebred 4-year-old filly Future Is Now. She earned her first graded stakes victory Friday, June 7 at Saratoga, taking the $200,000 Intercontinental Stakes-G2 by a head as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

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Studlydoright rallies to upset Tremont

Studlydoright became the first stakes-winning member of the Maryland-bred class of 2022, and did it on a giant stage, coming from off the pace to win the $150,000 Tremont Stakes Thursday, June 6 as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga.

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Post Time aims for Met Mile glory

A five-time stakes winner in his 10-race career and earner of $617,910, Post Time looks to add a Grade 1 victory to his credentials Saturday at Saratoga, when he heads postward in a stalwart edition of the Met Mile-G1 as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

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