October 12, 1993
For decades it has been a Maryland landmark. Drive out Green Spring Avenue to Worthington Road and feast your eyes on Sagamore Farm, the famed horse center where Native Dancer, one of the equine sport's great performers, once galloped. The white fences surrounding the 400-acre showplace farm and the romping thoroughbreds in the pasture came to signify all that was grand about Maryland's long racing tradition.But in recent years, Sagamore Farm has come to signify all that has gone wrong with Maryland racing.
February 6, 1995
The continuing struggle to preserve Northern Baltimore County's farmland and the area's rural character now is focusing on Sagamore Farms, one of the nation's most storied horse farms.A deputy zoning commissioner last week tentatively ruled that part of the Worthington Valley farm was illegally subdivided.The subdivision by Patricia A. Ward, wife of developer James J. Ward III who purchased Sagamore Farms in 1987, and Dr. Richard D. Maffezzoli and his wife, Mary, violated the county's agricultural preservation zoning as well as its development regulations, said Deputy Zoning Commissioner Timothy Kotroco, whose ruling is not official until a written opinion is issued.
September 19, 1993
Once again the fields of Sagamore Farm, one of Maryland's great thoroughbred breeding and training establishments, are filled with mares and foals and there are horses galloping on the historic six-furlong training track.After sitting empty for nearly three years, Sagamore, near Hunt Valley in Baltimore County, reopened for business Aug. 1.The 400-acre showplace, home and final resting place of Native Dancer, one of the sport's great equine performers, was sold by its longtime owner Alfred G. Vanderbilt to Baltimore developer Jim Ward in 1987.
April 5, 2005
Garnet "Buddy" Troyer, a horse trainer who early in his career prepared thoroughbreds at Baltimore County's Sagamore Farm and regularly exercised the legendary racehorse Native Dancer, died of cancer Friday at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. The former Glyndon resident was 70. Born in Baltimore, he was raised on the grounds of the Greenspring Hunt Club, where his father tended the hounds. A 1953 Franklin High School graduate, he served in the Air Force in North Africa. He then became a caretaker and ran the horse breeding stable at Piney Grove, the Butler-area estate of Elizabeth Nichols, and worked for well-known Maryland horsemen Henry Clark and Harry A. Love before becoming the farm trainer at Sagamore -where Native Dancer was standing at stud.
March 12, 2000
Pulte Homes Corp. has opened a model at The Fields of Sagamore in Worthington Valley in Baltimore County. The community features public water and sewer and gas heat. The model, the Briarwood, starts at $354,900 for 3,202 square feet. The first floor of the model includes an 11-by-13-foot dining room, a 17-by-14-foot family room, a 12-by-27-foot living room, a 9-by-14-foot kitchen with 8-by- 12-foot nook, a powder room, a laundry room and a two-car garage. The second floor features a 13-by-14-foot bedroom, 13-by- 10-foot bedroom, 11-by-11-foot bedroom, 12-by-17-foot master bedroom with walk-in closet and master bath.
July 13, 1993
GLYNDON -- A single-alarm fire last night destroyed a hay barn at Sagamore Farm in the 3500 block of Belmont Ave., formerly one of the country's most prestigious breeding farms for thoroughbred racehorses.The Worthington Valley property -- formerly owned by Alfred Vanderbilt, and the burial site of his champion horse, Native Dancer -- is owned by a developer.Horses are no longer raised or trained there.Shortly after 8 p.m., fire broke out in a wooden 60-by-75-foot barn containing more than 100 circular bales of hay, said a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.