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Sagamore’s success rebounded with Alfred Vanderbilt’s homebred North Sea, who sparkled in winning Aqueduct’s Westchester Handicap in 1:33 3⁄5, a fifth of a second off the 1-mile track record.

The 4-year-old son of Nearctic and the Native Dancer mare Look Ma was ridden by Robyn Smith, the only woman jockey to win a stakes race in America. 

The stock of the farm’s home stallion Restless Native also rose as the sire of stakes winners Silver Doctor, Twixt, Peace Corps and On Your Toes. Said farm manager Frank Alexander of North Sea coming home as a stallion: “We’ll definitely need another barn then. With the three stallions we have now I need 120 stalls for visiting broodmares. I just couldn’t handle 40 more mares for another stallion without building accommodations for them.”

  • Georgia-based Dogwood Farm posted one of its first advertisements inviting inquiries to participate in “a rather intelligent approach to racing” – that of multiple ownership. The plan was to purchase five Maryland-bred racing prospects as yearlings that summer. “They would be broken, prepared for competition and look to take advantage of the financially rewarding Maryland Fund racing in 1974.” W. Cothran Campbell was the stable manager.
    Campbell’s pioneering concept brought in more than a thousand new owners and landed him in the National Racing Hall of Fame in 2018 as a Pillar of the Turf, three months before his death in Aiken, S.C., at age 91.
  • Silver Doctor, winner of five straight including the Prince George’s Stakes, helped put the spotlight on breeder/owner Anderson Fowler, and his daughter Binny and son-in-law Eddie Houghton’s Buckingham Farm on Maryland’s eastern shore. Silver Doctor (by Restless Native) was a son of Silver Abbey, a Fowler-bred winner he initially gave to trainer Joe Kulina as a broodmare prospect. When Kulina decided to get out of breeding business, Fowler took the mare back. Fowler named the offspring of Silver Abbey for “flys used in salmon fishing,” including the mare’s current 2-year-old, an unraced daughter of Nearctic named Silver Betsy. “Joe [Kulina] likes her, and so do we,” said Eddie Houghton. “She could be something special.”
    Silver Betsy, Silver Abbey’s last foal, won seven races, but more importantly became the dam of three stakes horses from five named foals. She was the third dam of Kentucky Derby-G1 winner Barbaro.
  • Warren A. “Jimmy” Croll Jr. was announced as the judge of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s 39th annual Yearling Show. Croll trained two 1973 Preakness nominees – Royal and Regal and Mr. Prospector. He also trained champions Forward Gal and Parka and such top performers as Al Hattab, Sub Pet, Sharpsburg, Scimitar and Like a Charm.

  • Martha Jenney’s $5,500 Timonium yearling sale purchase, Maryland-bred Inkslinger, was the star of the 1973 Cheltenham National Hunt Festival Meeting in England. Winner of the 1971 Colonial Cup, Inkslinger was sent over by Mikey Smithwick to contest the Irish Sweeps Hurdle (in which he finished fifth). Staying in Ireland with Smithwick’s cousin Dan Moore, Inkslinger won the 2-mile Champion Chase and, two days later, was even more impressive in taking the Cathcart Cup.

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