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50 Years Ago: January 1971

Maryland’s stallion roster increased by 23 for the 1971 breeding season, bringing the number standing in the state to 205.

The most expensive new arrivals at $3,500 live foal were stakes sires National (by Nashua), standing at Woodstock Farm, and former Virginia stallion Tambourine (by *Princequillo), at Helmore Farm. The latter won the Irish Sweeps Derby in course record time.

25 Years Ago: January 1996

The nation’s Horse of the Year Cigar was the latest link to fame for the Pons family and 113-acre Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md. Home to that year’s leading Mid-Atlantic sire Allen’s Prospect, plus Citidancer, sire of three 1995 Maryland Million winners, Country Life was also the birthplace of Cigar, the first Maryland-bred named Horse of the Year since Challedon in 1939 and ’40.

10 Years Ago: January 2011

Sagamore Farm’s Shared Account notched Fair Hill-based trainer Graham Motion his second Breeders’ Cup victory with an upset in the 12th Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf-G1. Under Edgar Prado, the 4-year-old filly paid $94 as she took down defending champion Midday (GB).

75 Years Ago: January 1946

One story dominated the headlines. “The most prosperous racing season Maryland has ever seen, albeit it was an abbreviated one, wound up in a haze of allegations of doping horses, fixed-races, suits, injunctions and much bitterness, suspicion and ill-feeling,” wrote Don Reed. “Under the current wording and interpretation of the Maryland Rules of Racing a decent man has no chance to defend himself against an unjust charge of doping horses that he trains, even though the actual guilty party is apprehended in the act, should a positive saliva or urine test be returned from the chemists. . .

10 Years Ago: December 2010

Steady Warrior continued his family’s Maryland Million Day success with a 7 1⁄4-length romp in the 25th running of the Maryland Million Nursery, duplicating the feat of his sire Cherokee’s Boy eight years earlier.

25 Years Ago: December 1995

Allen Paulson’s Maryland-bred Cigar, trained by Bill Mott, closed out a perfect 10-for-10 season and extended his win streak to 12 with a victory in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1. A winning streak of that length was rare in the industry; for a horse over the age of 4 it was nearly unheard of in major competition.

50 Years Ago: December 1970

Paul Mellon’s Fort Marcy won the Washington, D.C., International for a second time, which also pushed him over $1 million in earnings and nailed down Horse of the Year. The 6-year-old Virginia-bred won over a boggy course despite trainer Elliott Burch noting “Marcy likes it soft, but not this soft.”

75 Years Ago: December 1945

Trainer Hirsch Jacobs shipped top handicap horse Stymie to Pimlico in November, and sent him to the post three times in 13 days. With two wins and a second in three stakes, Ethel Jacobs’ colorbearer secured national championship honors.


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