5-year-old Richard's Kid was named Maryland-bred horse of the year for 2009. Other winners include three runners sired by leading Maryland sire Not For Love.
Apprentice Jennifer Jennings notched her first lifetime win May 1 in the sixth race at Pimlico when her mount led from start to finish.
Carey Miller's unbeaten Great Seneca lived up to top billing as he pounded out an impressive victory in the $75,000 Dancing Count Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.
An Allen's Prospect colt and a Salt Lake filly turned in the fastest quarter-mile works during the under tack shows for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Mario Pino and the chestnut mare Undercover overwhelmed a small band of four rival Maryland-bred fillies and mares in Saturday's $75,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel Park.
In his final tune-up before next month's Maryland Million Sprint, Crossing Point established a five-furlong track record with a front-running victory at Pimlico Sunday in a $50,000 optional allowance/claimer which featured four stakes winners.
Allen's Prospect, sire of 57 stakes winners and a hallmark of consistency, was euthanized Wednesday, Sept. 3, at age 21 following surgery at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for removal of a tumor under his jaw.
Gasparilla Stable and Will Farish's Undercover stormed to victory as the overwhelming favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Gala Lil Stakes at Laurel Park.
Starrer, winless in five races since her victory in last year's Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, will try to repeat in Sunday's 21st running of the $150,000 stakes race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Former claimer Crossing Point takes a big step up while seeking his fifth strike victory in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day $100,000-added Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs.
The 11 top stallions from last week's 2001 leading sires list continue to hold down the fort. Cee's Tizzy, with $1,324,440, and Maria's Mon, with $1,160,703, remain one-two, and Allen's Prospect continues to hold down the ninth spot. The other seven just switched positions.
The Maryland Horse Breeders Association named Gin Talking the 2000 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly. The daughter of Allen's Prospect finished the season with three consecutive stakes victories, including her second triumph in a Maryland Million event at Laurel.
Gilded Time, who was the sole sire last week with progeny earnings of more than $600,000, has company this week, but still holds the No. 1 ranking by 2001 progeny earnings. Broad Brush moved up from the No. 12 spot to fifth. His runners have earned $560,049 and include the filly Pompeii, who won the Feb. 19 Rare Treat Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
The race for leading sire of 2001 has begun, and the leader so far is Gilded Time. The 11-year-old stallion is represented by the earners of $614,886 through Feb. 17, and his runners include graded stakes winners Early Flyer and Lasersport. The two 3-year-olds battled it out in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and San Miguel Stakes (gr. III), with Early Flyer defeating Lasersport in the San Vicente and Lasersport taking the better of Early Flyer in the San Miguel. Gilded Time (Timeless Moment -- Gilded Lily, by What a Pleasure) stands at Tom Simon's Vinery Kentucky near Lexington.
With two days remaining in Keeneland's record-breaking September yearling sale, the cumulative average price of $98,149 for the 2,930 horses sold represents a 26.8% increase over the $77,390 average for last year's sale.
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