Maryland’s wartime race meeting, a 30-day session at Pimlico in which all four of the state’s major tracks were participating, promised to be highly successful if based on the interest of leading stables from across the country. “The problem has been to find space for the horses desiring to run, rather than finding horses to fill the races,” reported Don Reed.
The East Coast’s best yearlings sold at the Meadowbrook Polo Club in Westbury, Long Island, due to the “black out” at Saratoga, and proved one of the best sales in a decade. The sales topper was a chestnut colt by Stimulus out of Heloise, by Friar Rock, from Virginia’s Nydrie Stud consignment. A three-way bidding duel between Mrs. Elizabeth Arden, Fred W. Hooper and Henry Lustig propelled the price to $33,000, with Lustig signing the ticket for his Longchamps Farm.
A total of 130 yearlings averaged $3,028, with *Bull Dog leading the way among sires, his seven averaging $10,772.
Ten days were added to Maryland’s half-mile-track racing schedule with Marlboro picking up late fall dates. By granting the license, the Racing Commission salvaged 60 percent of the normal minor season. “Timonium, occupied by the Army, never was considered a possibility to run. Of the other four minor tracks, only Bel Air will have missed a 1943 meeting, for Hagerstown and Cumberland have completed theirs, and very successfully.”