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Legendary horseman Hirsch Jacobs died at age 65 in Florida. The owner, trainer and breeder from New York had purchased the farm in Monkton, Md., he named Stymie Manor in 1946, where all his young horses received their early education (among them Preakness Stakes-winning Horse of the Year Personality and his champion dam Affectionately).

Although Jacobs was a success in every facet of the horse industry, he was best known as the Hall of Fame trainer of former claimer Stymie, who retired in 1949 as a champion, future Hall of Famer and the world’s leading money earner with $918,485.

  • C. Oliver Goldsmith’s brilliant but fragile Red Monk was retired after winning the Southern Maryland Handicap at Bowie – his sixth win in seven starts. The 4-year-old son of Rambunctious – unraced at 2 after surgery in both knees – would stand at Goldsmith’s Longwood Farm. Rambunctious was the nation’s first stallion with two stakes winners in the new decade, as Rollicking captured Bowie’s E. Palmer Heagerty in January. 

    Red Monk was an important component to Goldsmith’s breeding program and appears in the pedigrees of such prolific families as graded stakes winner Am Desireable, Red Lamp and Whatwouldhappenif.

  • Rash Prince, the sire of two stakes winners from his first crop of 14 foals, led by 1969 Ohio Derby winner Berkley Prince, stood at Country Life Farm in Bel Air as the property of Elmendorf and Country Life. A photo of the son of Prince John being exercised appeared on the cover of The Maryland Horse. 

  • Parking passes for the Maryland Hunt Cup were no longer available for purchase on race day, on the suggestion of the Baltimore County police. To alleviate excessive delays caused by race day sales, passes would need to be purchased in advance.

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