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Robert E. Meyerhoff was the fourth-leading owner in the nation by earnings in 1994, boosted by homebred Concern’s victory in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1. The $1.56 million winner’s share of the Breeders’ Cup purse was the biggest payday ever for a Maryland-bred, and Concern’s 3-year-old earnings of $2,541,670 gave him the title of leading money-earner on North American soil (Virginia-bred Paradise Creek earned $2,634,774, but that included earnings in Japan).

Meyerhoff was the breeder of 10 stakes winners of 1994 born at his Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix, Md., nine campaigning in his yellow and blue colors and trained by Dickie Small. Broad Smile became the 10th when she prevailed by a length in Fair Grounds’ Pontalba Stakes for 2-year-old fillies in late November. Three weeks earlier, the juvenile filly Special Broad won the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct. Like the majority of Meyerhoff’s winners, the fillies were by Meyerhoff homebred Broad Brush, the first Maryland-bred horse to top the Thoroughbred general sires list, which he did in 1994.

  • The Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s 1993 Yearling Show, judged by Tommy Kelly, served as a showcase for future stars when seven participants went on to win or place in stakes at 2. The stakes performers to earn ribbons at the show were grand champion Royal Silver, second in the Vanlandingham Stakes; Citidancer’s daughter Urbane, fourth out of 36 entries in Class III and winner of the Moccasin and second in the Hollywood Starlet-G1; and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship winner Quite Proper, fifth in Class III.  

    The 2018 Yearling Show saw five entries go on to win or place in stakes last year: Sharing, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1 and Selima; Hello Beautiful, winner of the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship; Laddie Liam, first in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and third in the Maryland Million Nursery; Project Whiskey, victorious in the Parx Juvenile Fillies Turf; and Tommy Shelby, third in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity.

  • C. Oliver Goldsmith’s third-generation stakes-winning homebred Miss Slewpy rounded out her 3-year-old season with triumphs in the Anne Arundel Stakes and Carousel Stakes-G3 nine days apart at Laurel Park. Unraced at 2, the Slewpy filly boasted a career mark of six wins, two second, in eight starts. She was out of Capp It Off (by Double Zeus); her second dam Turn Capp was by Goldsmith’s home stallion Turn to Reason.

  • Maryland was selected as the site for testing of an interactive television network that would allow people to watch and wager on horse races from their homes. The program, developed by On Demand Services (ODS) Technologies, of Tulsa, Okla., was to launch in March, with the initial phase to be tested in 25 homes in Baltimore County.

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