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Maryland’s Jessica Krupnick Clinches Victory in MATCH Series

by Stacey Wells The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series finished its five month run on September 15-16. MATCH holds races at various venues over its five-month span, including Maryland’s Laurel Park. Horses and riders compete for a total purse money of $2.9 million. This year, all five 2018 division winners were based in Maryland along with the top three overall champions. Jessica Krupnick, a five-year-old mare based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, secured victory with 34 points to become the overall champion for 2018. She competed in the Filly and Mare Sprint – Dirt division to...

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Bill Boniface Named a Living Treasure

On Tuesday, September 18, J. William Boniface of Creswell Farm was named a Harford Living Treasure. Boniface bred the 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony, who was born, trained and died at Boniface’s Harford County farm. The Boniface family has long been involved with Thoroughbred racing and Boniface was part of the three-some (with Chick Lang and Jim McKay) that created what is now called the Jim McKay Maryland Million. To read more about this legendary horseman, click on The Baltimore Sun article here....

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees include European champion El Gran Senor and renowned filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections of these Maryland-breds were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members, coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Racing Media Association. El Gran Senor, a son of Northern Dancer, was foaled at his breeder E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm in Chesapeake City in April of 1981. One of the select few Northern Dancer sons to be kept by his breeder, El Gran Senor was named for his sire’s Hall of Fame trainer Horatio Luro. The colt was campaigned for Windfields Farm in partnership with Robert Sangster and was trained by Vincent O’Brien in Ireland. A champion at ages two and three in England and Ireland, El Gran Senor won seven of eight races in his career, earning $520,969. His victories included classic wins in the Irish Sweeps Derby G-1 and the English Two Thousand Guineas-G1. In 1984, he was selected as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old and champion grass horse. Retired from racing during the fall of his 3-year-old season, El Gran Senor came back to Maryland to stand his first season at stud alongside Northern Dancer at Winfields Farm in 1985. The colt was moved to Ashford Stud in Kentucky the following year, where he remained until his death at age...

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MHBA Elects New Board Officers

On July 9, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced the election of three new members of the board of directors. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade was elected vice president; and Kent Allen Murray was elected secretary and treasurer. Dr. Harrison owns Willowdale Farm in Butler and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 35 years. Harrison earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. He breeds, races and owns Thoroughbreds and served on the MHBA board from 2009-2016. He has also served as chairman of MHBA’s Legislative Committee. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is also a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Wade is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, as well as Northview PA in Peach Bottom, PA. In addition, he is the manager of Sycamore Hall Farm and is a Thoroughbred sales agent. Wade was the former yearling manager at Ryehill Farm and was an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College. He has served on the MHBA board since 2016 and is a member of the association’s Sales Committee, Stallion Committee, Events Committee and Yearling Show Committee. He was also on the...

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Hale Named VP of Racing Development; Merz new MD Racing Secretary

Breaking news from the Maryland Jockey Club! MJC announced this afternoon that longtime Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Georganne Hale has been named Vice President of Racing Development while Chris Merz, assistant racing secretary at Los Alamitos, has been named as Maryland’s new Racing Secretary. Hale became the first and only woman to serve as racing secretary at a major North American racetrack in 2000. Hale first started working at the Maryland Jockey Club in 1984 as assistant racing secretary. In 1986, she was named racing secretary at Timonium and then was promoted to the position of...

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Preakness Bonus and Pimlico Titles

Motion Wins Stakes at Pimlico & Trainer Bonus Although the Black-Eyed Susan is certainly the richest race on the day’s card, it was the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 18 that really got the crowd going, as Maryland-based Irish War Cry dominated the 1 and 3/16 mile race to win for owner/breeder Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso. The four-year-old Curlin colt, who finished second in the Belmont Stakes in 2017, is trained by H. Graham Motion out of the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Irish War Cry also won both the Holy Bull Stakes and Wood Memorial last year....

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