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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).

Two races later, Zenyatta suffered her first defeat when second by a head to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1. The 7-year-old superstar finished her career 19-for-20 with $7,304,580 earned.

“Zenyatta lost nothing in defeat, gained more in defeat than any horse in the history of the turf. She was gallant, game, resilient, classic. A throwback in an age where early is everything,” wrote Sean Clancy.

  • Dr. John R.S. Fisher, one of the region’s preeminent horsemen, announced his retirement from training. Based at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., which he founded, Fisher sold his barn and business to trainer Niall Saville.

    Fisher began training steeplechase horses in the 1960s, highlighted by two-time Maryland Hunt Cup winner Landing Party and timber Horse of the Year Island Stream, both ridden by their trainer, along with champion Fire Control in 1976. Fisher then turned his focus to flat racing and sent out the likes of stakes winners Play Bingo, Dr. Kashnikow and Smart Enough.

  • Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 winner Uncle Mo was foaled in Kentucky, but his family counted generations in the Mid-Atlantic. Fourth dam Hot Slippers, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Rollicking, was bred by Glade Valley Farms in Maryland and went on to produce Marylander Adelaide Riggs’ Cyane’s Slippers, a daughter of Cyane (who stood at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va.).

    Cyane’s Slippers’ daughter Dixie Slippers, Uncle Mo’s second dam, was a winning daughter of Maryland-bred champion Dixieland Band. Her only foal was Playa Maya, a multiple-stakes placed daughter of Arch.

    The family actually went further back – his fifth dam was New Jersey-bred Miss Fairfield, out of Rosepomp, bred by Erdenheim Farms of Pennsylvania.

  • Irv Naylor, of York, Pa., earned his first National Steeplechase Association owners’ championship with $329,300 in 2010, edging past Bill Pape on the season’s final day. Naylor won 12 races from 84 starts by 31 individual horses, highlighted by Tax Ruling’s win in the Iroquois-G1.

  • Anna (Rosie) Napravnik, a 22-year-old native of Norristown, N.J., became the first female jockey to win a Delaware Park riding title while also notching her 1,000th win at the track in October. She won 126 races from 529 starts, while runner-up Jeremy Rose captured 105 from 397 starts.

  • Multiple graded stakes winner Charitable Man and two-time classic-placed Denis of Cork joined the stallion ranks at Taylor Mountain Farm in Charles Town, W.Va., for the 2011 season.

    Charitable Man, a son of Lemon Drop Kid bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans, was a multiple Grade 2 winner standing his first year. Denis of Cork, third and second, respectively, in the 2008 Kentucky Derby-G1 and Belmont Stakes-G1, had stood at Vinery in Florida in 2010.

  • Mid-Atlantic-bred 2-year-old fillies were lighting up the board around the country as Virginia-bred Dixie City (Dixie Union) and Maryland-bred Neversaidiwassweet (Eurosilver) won their first stakes, respectively, in the Demoiselle-G2 at Aqueduct and Miesque Stakes-G3 at Hollywood Park.

    Pennsylvania-bred Quantum Miss captured the Blue Mountain at Penn National in her stakes debut, while Virginia-bred Her Smile took the Donna Freyer at Philadelphia Park.

    Her Smile became a Grade 1 winner in the 2011 Prioress at Belmont Park and Quantum Miss went on to win the 2011 Cicada Stakes-G3 at Aqueduct.

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