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10 Years Ago: December 2009

Offspring of Not For Love dominated the 24th Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, with four victories on the 12-race program, increasing his Maryland Million wins to 20, two shy of longtime leader Allen’s Prospect.

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25 Years Ago: December 1994

The 43rd running of the Washington, D.C., International-G1 was the centerpiece of Laurel’s Turf Festival, and the winner added luster to the race’s great history. Paradise Creek, sent off at 1-5 – the lowest odds in the race’s history – 
drew off to win by 5
1⁄2 lengths in 1:593⁄5 for 11⁄4 miles. Trained by Bill Mott, the 5-year-old Virginia-bred carried the colors of Japanese real estate executive Masayuki Nishiyama, who earlier in the year purchased Paradise Creek from breeders Bert and Diana Firestone. A surprise second in the International was C. Oliver Goldsmith’s homebred Redcall, by home stallion Acallade and foaled at his breeder’s Longwood Farm in Glenwood, Md. “The little old country horse” set the early pace and held on for second, a nose over England’s Beneficial (GB).

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50 Years Ago: December 1969

British pundits and fans, including 168 members of the British Race-Goers Club who paid $450 each to fly to Laurel and bet on the horse, touted *Karabas as the one to beat in the 17th Washington, D.C., International. And Lord Iveagh’s runner delivered under a confident ride by Lester Piggott to defeat *Hawaii and *Czar Alexander. It was the first year no American-bred runners competed.

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75 Years Ago: December 1944

Twilight Tear’s victory in the Pimlico Special, and for the first time in Maryland’s history an average daily handle of more than $1 million, were among the highlights of the 22-day Pimlico fall meet.

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10 Years Ago: November 2009

David and JoAnn Hayden’s Dark Hollow Farm was in the spotlight and covered was the couple’s rise from humble beginnings to top breeders producing valuable, first-class sales horses year after year. The couple’s current yearling crop made headlines before the sales by taking grand and reserve champion at the 75th Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. The grand champion (who, like the reserve was an offspring of Malibu Moon) sold for $400,000 at Keeneland’s September yearling sale. 

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25 Years Ago: November 1994

The ninth annual Maryland Million Day was highlighted by racing’s latest storybook horse, Taking Risks, who captured the $150,000 Classic in track record time of 1:543⁄5 for 13⁄16 miles, and became Two Punch’s first Maryland Million winner.
Thanks to his winning homebred Warning Glance, Stuart S. Janney III entered a four-way tie with Hal C.B. Clagett, Anderson Fowler and Glade Valley Farms as leading Maryland Million breeder; J. William Boniface took the lead in trainer standings; and Caveat moved to the top of the sire rankings.

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50 Years Ago: November 1969

Since taking over the 256-acre Worthington Farms that fall, J.W.Y. “Duck” and Glennie Martin were making it known they were interested in breaking and boarding horses on the estate perhaps best known as the site of the Maryland Hunt Cup. A five-way partnership purchased the farm – Glennie’s parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Louis Reynolds, Duck’s mother Mrs. Gary Black, plus Duck and Glennie, who would live there and supervise it. Three stallions would stand there the next season – Ambernash, owned by Glennie’s uncle Richard Reynolds, Pied d’Or and Yes You Will. The Martins didn’t own any racehorses.

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75 Years Ago: November 1944

New Jersey breeder W.H. Laboyteaux encouraged longtime friends, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams, to take a few horses to their Stadacona Farm in Maryland’s Worthington Valley after the couple had sold out their Thoroughbred stock when Williams left home three years earlier for the war effort. Mrs. Williams acquiesced, and would stand a couple of Laboyteaux stallions, led by *Piping Rock, in 1945. In addition, 10 mares were to accompany the stallions to Maryland, including the high-class Imperatrice, a daughter of Caruso (who produced her first foal that year and was in foal to Whirlaway).

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