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“We use the SWAG method. Are you familiar with the SWAG method? It stands for Strategic Wild Ass Guess. We use that a lot because we’re smart enough to know we’re not very smart.”
Live Oak Plantation’s Bruce Hill, on judging young horses on the farm
and making decisions about where they go to race (Live Oak and Maryland trainer Mike Trombetta went to the Kentucky Derby with Win Win Win)
“People look at size and pedigrees and all that stuff but he’s a true racehorse. He’s an athlete.”
Luis Carvajal Jr.
Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., about sprint star Imperial Hint,
who spent some time at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center this spring
For nearly 100 years Glade Valley Farms operated on fertile land in north central Maryland, just a few miles northeast of the town of Frederick. It ranked as one of Maryland’s most important nurseries, turning out champions, standing leading sires and producing bloodstock that can be found in the pedigrees of racing’s elite.
In the fall of 2016, a year after the death of co-owner Howard M. Bender, the era of Glade Valley Farms as a Thoroughbred breeding farm officially came to an end.
At Keeneland November in 2007, the sales catalog listed 31 horses as stallion prospects. You don’t know 30 of them. Eleven didn’t sell. One brought $130,000. Another just $1,000. The one you do know, West Virginia phenom Fiber Sonde, sold for $8,000. Looking to expand the stallion roster at their Beau Ridge Farm near Charles Town, John McKee and Cyndy O’Bannon made the successful bid – and unknowingly changed their lives.
Hello, Pennsylvania. Take a bow for 2018, a year where your Thoroughbred racing accomplishments included four – yes four – Eclipse Award winners with ties to the Keystone State. The quartet consisted of two horses bred in the state and two more who trained and raced there.
Four years of million-dollar horses and gross sales of more than $20 million . . . Names, big names, on the roster of buyers and sellers . . . Seventy-nine horses selling for at least $100,000 in 2018 . . . Graduates such as Call Paul, Army Mule, Concrete Rose and Fourstar Crook. Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s May 2-year-old sale in Timonium, Md., used to be an overachiever, the little guy in the equation alongside bigger names in Florida and Kentucky. Consignors used to take horses to early-season sales, and save Timonium as the back-up plan. Miss some training? Have a bad work? Failed to attract the right attention? You could always go to Timonium. No more.
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/ The Racing Biz poll of the top Mid-Atlantic-breds of the year
The poll is conducted by media members and others involved in the Thoroughbred industry and restricted to horses who have run in 2019 and were bred in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the Carolinas. (through May 12, 2019)
1. Out for a Spin (VA) 2. Alwaysmining (MD) 3. Las Setas (MD) 4. Call Paul (PA) 5. Regally Irish (NJ)
Top Older Horses
1. Runnin'toluvya (WV) 2. Prince Lucky (PA) 3. Late Night Pow Wow (WV) 4. Valedictorian (NJ) 5. Senior Senator (PA)