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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1997
On the day that racing returned to Maryland, 115 horses sired by state stallions were entered yesterday in the 11 races Saturday that make up Maryland Million Day, the fall version of the Preakness Stakes.Mike Pons, whose family runs Country Life Farm -- its stallions sired 24 of the entrants -- was absolutely giddy, and not merely about the approaching party known as the Maryland Million. Pons was ecstatic about having racing back."I didn't know how much I missed live racing until we went without it," he said.
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Dan Rodricks | May 13, 2013
The Preakness means more to Marylanders when there's a Marylander in the race, and this year we have the obvious connection in Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner owned in part by Stuart Janney III, chairman of Bessemer Trust and resident of Butler, in the heart of horse country north of Baltimore. But the other connection is to Orb's daddy. Let's go over this because there's a good story in it. It involves two Maryland brothers who made a bet in California nearly 14 years ago on a racehorse with a screw in his knee.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 14, 1992
Today's hot tip: Bet the horse with the Northern Dancer bloodlines in the Laurel Race Course feature.The $100,000 stakes at 9 furlongs is named after the great stallion that died two years ago at the Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.But, of course, the pick is not that easy.Ten of the 13 Maryland-bred 3-year-olds in the race are either grandsons or great-grandsons of Northern Dancer, the Cecil County-based stallion that established one of the world's preeminent sire lines."The old horse might be gone, but he sure put his stamp on the breed," Joe Hickey, who managed the stud career of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, said yesterday.
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By David Horsey | October 23, 2012
In addition to the relentless onslaught of mostly negative ads from the Romney and Obama campaigns and their affiliated super PACs, the good people of Ohio are finding themselves targeted by a right-wing conspiracy maven who is dispensing a DVD that pushes beyond the birthers into a new level of paranoid fantasy. "Dreams From My Real Father" is being sent to a million Ohio voters. The DVD makes the claim that, rather than being the son of a student from Kenya, the president was sired by a communist from Chicago named Frank Marshall Davis.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2000
On a slate-gray October day, with winter's gloom so near at hand, Horatius nibbles on clover from the palm of Cynthia McGinnes. On the opposite side of the Chesapeake Bay, Deputed Testamony accepts a pat on the shoulder from Bill Boniface. The tranquil scenes at far-flung horse farms defy the explosiveness of these two horses on the racetrack and their impact on Maryland racing in the breeding shed. The two stallions, distinguished senior citizens of the highest rank, stand apart from the state's more expensive, more fashionable sires.
NEWS
October 17, 1997
LAUREL PARK's most prominent day of racing, tomorrow's Maryland Million, promises to be even better this year, thanks in large measure to extra track money from uncashed parimutuel tickets that has been used to promote these special races for Maryland-sired thoroughbreds.The advertising blitz -- and a craving for live racing after a six-week hiatus -- should bolster attendance and excitement for the prestigious event. Eight of the 11 races on the card have purses of at least $100,000. The biggest one, a mile and three-sixteenths race for three year olds and up, carries a value of $200,000.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2003
Smarten, the sire of one champion and four Grade I winners, died Monday at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City in Cecil County. He was 27. One of Maryland's top stallions for two decades, Smarten was euthanized after an intestinal blockage did not respond to treatment. During 19 years at stud at Windfields Farm and its successor, Northview Stallion Station, Smarten sired 49 stakes winners and 391 winners. His progeny earned $26,850,828 through Monday. Bred in Maryland by Eleanor and Jim Ryan's Ryehill farm, Smarten won 11 of 27 races as a trainee for the legendary Woody Stephens.
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February 6, 1999
Fasig-Tipton Midlantic will conduct its annual winter mixed sale tomorrow at the Timonium pavilion, beginning at 11 a.m.Nearly 200 horses will be auctioned in a number of categories, including just-turned yearlings, mares and broodmare prospects.Included in the sale will be a 2-year-old filly by Two Punch with exquisite breeding, a 2-year-old colt by Not For Love with stakes victories in his lineage, and yearlings sired by Two Punch and Polish Numbers.Pub Date: 2/06/99
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By Kent Baker | December 5, 1998
Today: The $60,000 Rollicking Stakes spotlights some of the better Maryland-bred youngsters who may wind up on the Triple Crown trail. Look out for Cayman Cat, sired by Mountain Cat, who has already had success on the New York circuit, and Jovial Brush, another Broad Brush offspring with talent.Tomorrow: Another 2-year-old race, the Heavenly Cause Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies, highlights the card. The Hamilton Smith-trained entry of Mysterious Jak and Jana looms strong, along with Maryland Million Lassie winner Perfect Challenge.
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By Special to The Sun | June 13, 1992
CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. -- The Charles Town Races' 1992 stakes schedule opens tonight with the inaugural running of the $20,000-added Shenandoah Valley Stakes. The seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up is restricted to registered West Virginia-bred, -sired or -raised horses.Heading the field of 10 horses are Greenway Court, winner of Pimlico's Roman Handicap on May 25 and the high weight at 122 pounds, Profs Flyer at 120 and James Wood at 118.
EXPLORE
September 10, 2012
Paul J. Prosser III, of White Hall, owns one bull listed in the 2012 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,067 sires, and is accessible at http://www.angussiresearch.com. "This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," Sally Northcutt, genetic research director, said in a press release.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
Legendary trainer King Leatherbury has seen his share of races, but that doesn't mean he doesn't get nervous when he's watching one of hishorses being challenged down the stretch. "I was a little bit concerned when the six horse dug in," Leatherbury said after accepting the crystal bowl won by Ben's Cat as the repeat winner of the Maryland Million Turf Sprint on Saturday. "But Jeremy Rose [Ben's Cat's jockey] wasn't worried. He said we had it all the way. " Leatherbury worried because Steady Warrior refused to give up and challenged all the way around the track.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
Eighttofasttocatch, who has run two superlative races at Laurel Park, drew the No. 5 starting gate Wednesday and was named the favorite for Saturday's seven-horse Maryland Million Classic. The Not for Love gelding - which has been given 7-5 odds - is one of 108 Maryland-siredhorses trained by 69 trainers who will start on the 10-race card at the 26th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. "I like the post," Eighttofasttocatch trainer Tim Keefe said. "We're near the outside. I like that.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | October 13, 2007
Rock Slide, his gorgeous black coat glowing in the light filtering through his stall windows, happily walks to his door at the Maryland Stallion Station to socialize when visitors approach. He and his barn mates Outflanker and Seeking Daylight (currently breeding in Argentina and scheduled to return in December) are enjoying a little extra celebrity this week as four of their offspring are to run in Maryland Million races today at Laurel Park. Rock Slide is a son of A.P. Indy, a multiple stakes winner and a brother of Horse of the Year Mineshaft.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | April 22, 2006
Country Life Farm owner Mike Pons thought about today's Spring Festival of Racing at Pimlico Race Course and described it this way: "It's like a club sandwich," he said. "You have the stakes for the Maryland-breds, the Maryland Million horses and the Tesio. I think it's a lot of fun." It is a day to showcase Maryland-bred and Maryland-sired thoroughbreds. Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Lou Raffetto said the event is a "prelude to the Preakness" on May 20 and gives breeders, horsemen and the sport's fans an opportunity to get excited about racing.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2004
Maryland stallions have produced horses who recently won major stakes around the country. Love of Money, Park Avenue Ball, Perfect Moon and Declan's Moon - all sired by stallions in Maryland - captured stakes from California to New York. Today, Maryland stallions will produce 12 more winners in the Maryland Million at Pimlico. That's a sure bet. The 12 races are limited to horses sired by Maryland stallions. Jim McKay, sports broadcaster and Monkton resident, conceived of the Maryland Million in the mid-1980s as a way of promoting the state's sires and celebrating its racing industry.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 22, 2001
The 67th Maryland Horse Breeders Association yearling show will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. Six classes - four for Maryland-sired and two for out-of-state sired horses - total 152 state-bred yearlings that will compete for nearly $10,000 in cash prizes. In addition, the yearlings that win the most money as 2- and 3-year-old racehorses will divide an additional $40,000 in prize money. New York trainer Linda Rice will judge the show. She follows a long line of well-known trainers, including 19 in the Hall of Fame, who have served as judges since the show's inception in 1932.
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By Ross Peddicord | July 21, 1993
There was not much of a markup when the Maryland-bred half-sister to $2 million earner Safely Kept sold at the Keeneland (Ky.) sales on Monday.Baltimore county breeder David Hayden originally sold the Dayjur-Safely Home filly as a weanling last fall for $330,000 to William O. Reed. When Reed re-sold her Monday, she brought $350,000.The purchasers were Robert and Beverly Lewis of Pomona, Calif. A Keeneland spokesman said the Lewises are clients of trainer D. Wayne Lukas.One other Maryland-bred was sold during the first three of the four sessions.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2004
Carey K. Miller knows the euphoria of winning a Maryland Million race. She did it in 1987, when her homebred Angelina County won the Maryland Million Oaks. Yesterday, Miller attended the post-position draw at Pimlico for the 19th Maryland Million races Saturday because Ribbon Cane, Angelina County's daughter, is entered in the $100,000 Distaff Sprint. If Ribbon Cane wins - and she's riding a four-race win streak - then the 5-year-old would become the first offspring of a Maryland Million winner to win a Maryland Million race.
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