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A glimpse of the busy life of Maryland horsewoman Christine Clagett, daughter of the late Fendall Clagett (longtime president of the local chapter of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association) and niece of Hal Clagett (former Maryland Horse Breeders Association president), included her career as a trainer, the operation of Larking Hill Farm in Harwood (established by her father 50 years earlier), and her career as an amateur race rider. Competing with the Amateur Riders Club of America, of which she was champion in 1993, propelled her efforts to bring change to Fegentri’s rules for amateur racing across the world.

  • El Gran Senor’s daughter Corrazona, one of the most expensive Maryland-bred weanlings ever sold at auction when bringing $550,000 at Keeneland November in 1990, captured the Beverly Hills Handicap-G1 at Hollywood Park. A winner of half of her dozen starts while racing in the U.S. and France, the filly increased her earnings to $451,019.

  • Taking Risks took a different route to becoming a Grade 1 winner. A former claimer bred in Maryland by Liberty Hill Farm and owned by Lakeville Stables, the King T. Leatherbury-trained son of Two Punch captured the Iselin Handicap-G1 at Monmouth by 73⁄4 lengths over fellow Maryland-bred Valley Crossing. Initially sold as a yearling for $16,000, Taking Risks boosted his earnings to $458,545.

  • Salutely, one of Maryland’s leading sires, was euthanized due to liver cancer. The 16-year-old stakes-winning son of Hoist the Flag out of two-time Maryland-bred Horse of the year Politely was bred by Mrs. Richard C. duPont and raced in Ireland and the U.S. His stud career took him to a number of farms in the region, starting at Sagamore Farm in Maryland, Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va., Maryland’s Bonita Farm, and finally at Green Willow Farms in Westminster. In his first nine crops of racing age he had sired 16 stakes horses, led by graded stakes winner Mz. Zill Bear. The career of one of Salutely’s best runners was just getting started. Virginia-bred Saluter, trained by Jack Fisher for Ann Stern, won the Virginia Gold Cup six consecutive years, from 1994 through 1999, and was National Steeplechase Association timber champion four years (1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999).

  • Country Life Farm stallion Citidancer had his first winner from his first crop when his daughter Talk of the Citi scored at Hastings Park in British Columbia, Canada, in early August. His second winner followed three weeks later, when Hal C.B. Clagett’s homebred Citirainbow scored in her debut at Timonium.

  • Northview Stallion Station’s Two Punch was Maryland’s leading sire through early September, among his eight 1994 stakes winners Grade 1 winner Taking Risks. The 11-year-old son of Mr. Prospector out of champion Heavenly Cause had nearly $2 million in progeny earnings, with four months to go.

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