LAUREL -- Safely Kept has been named the 1990 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year after running her career earnings to $1,745,986.
It is the second straight year that Safely Kept, a 5-year-old mare, has been chosen the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year.
Safely Kept has a 19-5 lifetime record, including a victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint last fall. She is third in all-time Maryland-bred career earnings, behind No. 1 Broad Brush and ** Little Bold John.
If Safely Kept has a good 1991, she should surpass Broad Brush's record of $2,656,793.
Safely Kept was foaled at Baltimore County's Dark Hollow Farm, which is owned by David and Jo Ann Hayden. The Haydens raced her as a 2-year-old, then sold her to current owner Barry lTC Weisbord of Philadelphia.
Richard W. Wilcke, executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, said: "Safely Kept is sound and ready to run again in 1991. I believe you'd have to say she's already established herself as one of the top sprint fillies of all time."
Another repeat winner is Ten Keys, a 7-year-old who was chosen the Maryland-bred Turf champion for the second straight year.
Ten Keys, by Sir Ivor, won five stakes races on grass in 1990 and 1989 for his owner, Charles Linhoss of Alexandria, Va.
The 1990 Maryland-bred champions were selected by a committee of six racing writers who covered Maryland racing on a regular basis throughout the year.
The awards will be presented at the 63rd-annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association dinner April 26 at Pimlico Race Course.
* An era in Maryland racing will end Tuesday, when Eddie McMullen retires after 29 years as manager of the press boxes at Pimlico, Laurel and Bowie race courses.
McMullen, a former jockey and trainer, said he plans to spend time with his family and travel.
McMullen, 64, lives in Laurel.
* Jockey Edgar Prado rode four winners yesterday at Laurel, running his total to 118 during the current meeting.
Prado is second to Michael Luzzi, who was aboard two winners yesterday to run his total to 145.
Prado was fined $50 yesterday for lodging a frivolous foul claim after Monday's ninth race.
1990 state awards
Maryland-bred Horse of the Year .. Safely Kept
Maryland-bred turf champion .. Ten Keys
2-year-old colt .. Haymaker
2-year-old filly .. Wide Country
3-year-old colt or gelding .. Restless Con
3-year-old filly .. Valay Maid
4-year-old male .. Northern Wolf
4-year-old filly or mare .. Safely Kept
Steeplechase champion .. French Hill