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 Looking Back

This month in mid-atlantic thoroughbred history! For Looking Back archives click here.

10 Years Ago: February 2013

The torch of the oldest Eclipse Award winner passed to Flatterer, after 34-year-old Lord Avie died in his paddock at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va., in December. In January, Flatterer turned 34. 

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25 Years Ago: February 1998

Historic Morven Farm, an interlocking array of pastures and woods in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Va., was basically reborn under the 10-year ownership of billionaire businessman John Werner Kluge.

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50 Years Ago: February 1973

John and Kitty Merryman, who grew up with horses and passed their knowledge and interest to their six children, had a rising star in their stable.

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75 Years Ago: February 1948

A bombshell was tossed in the lap of Maryland racing when the 1948 racing dates of the three New Jersey tracks were announced.

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10 Years Ago: January 2013

As the sires of 2012 Breeders’ Cup winners, E Dubai and Wiseman’s Ferry were about to boost Pennsylvania’s Thoroughbred industry and send business to their respective farms, Northview PA and Dana Point.

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25 Years Ago: January 1998

The 14th Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park saw a number of favorites scratch, but championship performances filled the card. Leading off was Maryland-sired Countess Diana in the Juvenile Fillies-G1, which she won by 8 1⁄2 lengths.

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50 Years Ago: January 1973

Rash Prince led all sires 2-year-olds in Maryland thanks to stakes winners Queen’s Mark and Protest and stakes-placed Swift Courier. The son of Prince John stood at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

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75 Years Ago: January 1948

William Woodward, owner of historic Belair Stud near Bowie, Md., bred and owned one of the top 2-year-olds in England in 1947,  Black Tarquin, winner of the 177th running of Gimcrack Stakes at York. Following tradition, the winning owner was guest of honor of a dinner at York, at which he is asked “to ‘ventilate his mind’ on such matters pertaining to the turf as may engage his fancy.”

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