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•Rex Ellsworth’s “gaunt, bony and splotched with white” Candy Spots pulled away to handily win the Preakness Stakes over Kentucky Derby winner Chateaugay, with Never Bend third. Trained by Mesh Tenney, the chestnut colt went off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of eight.

1963 MHBA Yearling Show

• The first Maryland-bred 2-year-old stakes winner of 1963 was Grey Scandal, a grey daughter of *Brunetto, who stood at Tom O’Farrell’s Windy Hills Farm in Westminster, birthplace of Grey Scandal. The filly, foaled May 8, 1961, won the Walden Stakes at Pimlico exactly two years and nine days later.
Trained by Harold “Buddy” Jacobson for R and R Stable, she made her first start at Hialeah on Feb. 19, finishing sixth in the 14-horse field “after being all but eliminated at the start.” She broke her maiden three days later as much the best. The Walden was her fifth start of the year.
• Glade Valley Farm’s freshman sire Martins Rullah got his first winner when Nancy M. Leonard’s 2-year-old filly Martinetta won a maiden race at Garden State in her first start.
Martins Rullah, a son of *Nasrullah out of Shy Katie, by Roman, stood as the property of a syndicate and was booked full each of his first four years at stud.
Martinetta made only one start at 2, and was unplaced in four starts at 3, but as a broodmare at Glade Valley Farm she proved a gold mine. Five of her 10 foals were stakes winners, all bred by Leonard, including future leading Maryland sire Rollicking and steeplechase star Double Reefed.
Martinetta is found behind a long line of stakes horses through her great-granddaughter Spinnaker Sal, dam of Delaware Handicap-G3 winner Power Play and $691,867-earner and graded stakes winner Gala Spinaway. Frac Daddy, a Kentucky-bred colt who started in this year’s Kentucky Derby-G1, represents the sixth generation bred by Leonard from Martinetta.


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