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Maryland-bred Smoke Glacken, based at Monmouth Park with trainer Henry L. Carroll, ranked as the top 2-year-old in the country after a four-race win streak that included Monmouth’s Tyro and Grade 2 Sapling Stakes before shipping to Saratoga, where he romped by 9 lengths in the Grade 1 Hopeful. Flying through opening fractions of :21.74, :44.23 and 1:09.73, he came home in 1:23.63 for the 7 furlongs. Unfortunately sore shins stopped him after an off-the-board finish in Belmont’s Grade 1 Futurity and he was put away for the year. Sold as a weanling by his breeder Perry Rosebrock for $14,700 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale, the Two Punch colt went through the ring as a yearling for $34,000 in Kentucky before Carroll purchased him for $65,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-old sale. Carroll then brought in partners Robert P. Levy, William Roberts and Alex Karkenny. The gray/roan colt earned $284,500 his juvenile season.

  • With her victory in Saratoga’s Grade 1 John A. Morris Handicap, Maryland-bred filly Urbane surpassed $1 million in earnings in her 17th career start. The 4-year-old daughter of Maryland sire Citidancer, who had competed solely in stakes since breaking her maiden at 2, had won the Grade 3 Delaware Handicap in her previous start.

    Racing for Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel, who purchased her for $25,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, Urbane was a Maryland-bred champion at 2 and 3, competed regularly in Grade 1 company, which also included a win in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland at 3, and raced coast-to-coast for California-based trainer Randy Bradshaw. She was bred by Frank Zureick and Violet Cleveland out of the Pleasant Colony mare Dumfries Pleasure.

  • Accomplished horseman Vincent A. “Vinnie” Moscarelli died unexpectantly while attending the races at Delaware Park in September. He was 66.

    Only a few months before his death he and his wife Suzanne had relocated their Country Roads Farm from Charles Town, W.Va., to Chesapeake City in Maryland. The Moscarellis were involved with all phases of the Thoroughbred business, both for themselves and outside clients, standing stallions, preparing young horses and training a racing stable. Their most famous collaboration was with longtime partner, famed songwriter Burt Bacharach. Together they were responsible for the likes of Eclipse Award winner Heartlight No. One and millionaires Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites, each bred and owned by Bacharach and foaled and raised by the Moscarellis. 

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