first published in October 2022 Equiery

Star de Naskra and Smoke Glacken are this year’s inductees into the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.

Bred by Carlyle J. Lancaster, Star de Naskra was the Eclipse Award winning U.S. Champion Sprinter in 1979, the same year he claimed both the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year title and the Maryland-bred Older Male title. Foaled at Helmor Farm (Woodbine) in 1975, he was by Naskra and out of the Clandestine mare Candle Star. His racing career earned him $587,391 in 35 starts in which he finished worse than fourth only three times. He entered the breeding shed in 1980 where he had a successful stud career siring 19 crops including nearly 50 stakes winners.

Smoke Glacken was bred by Perry Rosebrock. The grey colt by Two Punch and out of the Magesterial mare Majesty’s Crown, was foaled in 1994 at Glade Valley Farms in Frederick. He made his mark early on and was Maryland-bred Champion 2-Year-Old Male in 1996. The following year, he was Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and earned the Eclipse Award for U.S. Champion Sprinter. In only 14 starts, Smoke Glaken earned $759,760 finishing first 10 times, second twice and third once. He only finished outside the money once. His post-race career in the breeding shed produced more than 60 stakes winners.

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