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10 Years Ago: September 2010

 Lookin At Lucky solidified his position at the top of the division in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap-G1, sweeping home by an effortless 4 lengths and securing California-based Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s record fourth win in Monmouth Park’s signature race. Unfazed by the inside post, the 2-year-old champion and Preakness-winning colt recorded his fifth Grade 1 victory.

25 Years Ago: September 1995

The resilient Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing, N.J., was celebrating 50 years, and writer Bill Mooney explored the track’s history, glory days and evolution.

50 Years Ago: September 1970

Equine author Linell Smith and her family were profiled as they prepared their yearlings for the Eastern Fall Sale in Timonium. Smith and husband John, known in his insurance business as Marshall – “After all, how much insurance could a man named John Smith be expected to sell?” – plus their three daughters lived on 10-acre Belfast Farm in Sparks, Md., and leased another 50 acres nearby. 

75 Years Ago: September 1945

The conclusion of World War II after the surrender of Japan led to rejoicing and plans to return to normal. That included the racing world, but it was decided that the combined fall meets of Bowie, Havre de Grace, Laurel and Pimlico would be adhered to on the same cooperative basis as in recent years.

10 Years Ago: August 2010

After 35 years, and several million dollars, Jeffrey A. Seder and Patrice M. (Patti) Miller of EQB Inc., felt they’d finally found what separated great racehorses from the common: heart and stride. Though it was a bit more complicated than that, the accomplishments of EQB-selected Informed Decision (2009 Eclipse Award champion), Forever Together (2008 Eclipse Award champion) and Eskendereya (multiple graded stakes winner) had proven the formula worked. Based in West Grove, Pa., EQB had been created by Seder in 1978.

25 Years Ago: August 1995

Tim Capps, who had been working as vice president of communications at Laurel Park and Pimlico, was hired to succeed Richard W. Wilcke, who was leaving the Maryland Horse Breeders Association after 10 years. Wilcke had served as the executive vice president of the MHBA, executive director of Maryland Million Ltd. and editor of The Maryland Horse and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazines. 

50 Years Ago: August 1970

Arriving at Windfields Farm by helicopter, famed Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien inspected the Maryland-bred yearlings offered for sale by the Chesapeake City, Md., farm and lingered most with a Northern Dancer colt out of *Lachine II. When the sale opened 10 days later, O’Brien’s principal owner Charles Engelhard, with partner Garfield Weston, paid $100,000 for the colt. The highest price for a Maryland-bred yearling prior to the sale was $80,000 for a *Nasrullah colt sold in 1956.

75 Years Ago: August 1945

A month prior to Fasig-Tipton’s Meadow Brook yearling sale in August, Humphrey Finney made the rounds at regional farms, inspecting yearlings and making reports.

While at Sagamore, he noted: “These are the biggest, best-grown and most promising group to be sent to the sales in a good many years.” Among the 14 offered were five Discovery fillies – including those out of stakes winners Outdone and The Schemer. The comments for the Outdone (May 16) filly were: “A very nice filly, tall, rangy, a good walker with straight hind leg. Had a kick in the flank in front of the point of the hip which is healing well and does not affect the filly’s soundness.” As for The Schemer’s daughter, born April 26: “A tremendously large, plain filly, but quick as a cat for a big ‘un. Has tons of bone and substance.”


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