from a Maryland Horse Breeders Association release

A filly bred and owned by Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm was chosen by trainer Ken McPeek as grand champion of the 79th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Maryland-bred yearling show held on June 30 at the Timonium Fairgrounds horse show ring in Timonium. The gray/roan daughter of Macho Uno – Dicey D J, by Milwaukee Brew, took the top prize over 64 other yearlings exhibited at this year’s event.

The champion was the winner of Class IV, the largest of the day, for fillies conceived in states other than Maryland. McPeek was impressed from the moment he saw her. “She’s a beauty,” said this year’s judge. “She had presence, she had size, she had substance, she had reach. That’s a good filly, but there are a half-dozen or more other ones in there that I would love to have in my barn.” The unnamed filly, foaled on February 5, is the second offspring for her dam Dicey D J, who was purchased privately by Sagamore Farm after capturing Pimlico’s Hookedonthefeelin Stakes at Pimlico in 2008.

In accordance with show protocol, McPeek was only allowed to know the foaling dates of the entered yearlings prior to judging. “I prefer to look at the pedigrees because it lets me get an idea what I’m looking at but that’s okay,” noted McPeek after the show. “It’s still about bodies. You don’t need a page to see that. It was fun. I enjoyed it.”

This was the second year that Sagamore Farm, under Plank’s ownership, has participated in the show, but during the Alfred G. Vanderbilt years, Sagamore Farm was a major presence. Vanderbilt yearlings were named champion seven times – the first in 1934 and the last in 1967 – the most of any owner in the show’s history.

The reserve champion was the winner of Class I, for colts and geldings foaled in Maryland by Maryland sires. Owned and handled by Marshall Silverman, the bay Outflanker colt out of Sultry Rendevous (by Sultry Song) was bred by Don and Taffy Litz. “I had no clue what to expect, but I love looking at yearlings and there were a lot of nice yearlings here,” added McPeek.

The leading Maryland sire of the show was Outflanker, who took title to the Northview Stallion Station Challenge Trophy by having the reserve champion as well as two other ribbon winners.

Complete results follow:

Class I. For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland. (15 exhibited):

  1. b.c., 4/16/2012, Outflanker – Sultry Rendevous, by Sultry Song. Owned by Marshall W. Silverman, New Freedom, Pa. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Litz;
  2. dk.b./br.c., 4/18/2012, Not For Love – Northern Flair, by Caveat. Owned and bred by Richard C. Granville, Easton, Md.;
  3. b.c., 4/04/2012, Rock Slide – My Aunt Dianne, by Norquestor. Owned and bred by James B. Steele Jr., Woodbine, Md.;
  4. OUTFIELDER, b.c., 5/14/2012, Outflanker – Falcon’s Eye, by Mutakddim. Owned and bred by Little Man Farm, Keymar, Md.;
  5. ┬ádk.b./br.c., 2/26/2012, Street Magician – Singing Sword, by Allen’s Prospect. Owned and bred by Dr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Wells, Sykesville, Md.

Class II. For colts and geldings foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland (18 exhibited):

  1. ch.c., 3/11/2012, Dunkirk – Tizabird, by Tiznow. Owned and bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss, West Friendship, Md.;
  2. b.c., 5/17/2012, Tiz Wonderful-Memories of Mystic, by Dixie Union. Owned and bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Upperco, Md.;
  3. b.c., 2/15/2012, Super Saver – Sagamoon, by Malibu Moon. Owned and bred by Country Life Farm and Sagamoon LLC, Bel Air, Md.;
  4. ch.c., 2/24/2012, Pleasantly Perfect – La Gatita, by Tale of the Cat. Owned and bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss, West Friendship, Md.;
  5. dk.b./br.c., 2/10/2012, Jump Start – Mixed Reviews, by Bertrando. Owned and bred by Robert T. Manfuso, West Friendship, Md.

Class III. For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in Maryland (12 exhibited):

  1. b.f., 3/22/2012, Rock Slide – Waltz, by Pleasant Tap. Owned and bred by Robert T. Manfuso, West Friendship, Md.;
  2. NORTHERN PRANCER, b.f., 3/11/2012, Lion Hearted – Roman Tango, by Horatius. Owned and bred by Dan Green, Sparks, Md.;
  3. b.f., 4/08/2012, Not For Love – Clever Squaw, by Rahy. Owned and bred by John T. Crane Jr. and Margaret M. Crane, Lusby, Md.;
  4. KATIE’S CADDIE, b.f., 4/14/2012, Lion Hearted – Katie’s Love, by Not For Love. Owned and bred by Fred T. Lewis Sr. DVM, Clarksville, Md.;
  5. OUTWITHBIGDADDY, dk.b./br.f., 3/18/2012, Outflanker – Bigdaddysgirl, by Louis Quatorze. Owned by Gina Rosenthal, Eldersberg, Md. Bred by Gina Rosenthal and Robin Coblyn.

Class IV. For fillies foaled in Maryland, the produce of mares covered in states other than Maryland (20 exhibited):

  1. gr./ro.f., 2/05/2012, Macho Uno – Dicey D J, by Milwaukee Brew. Owned and bred by Sagamore Farm, Glyndon, Md.;
  2. RENAISSANCE ROSIE, b.f., 4/08/2012, Jump Start – Barouchka, by Not For Love. Owned by Ann Jackson, White Hall, Md. Bred by Estate of Cary W. Jackson;
  3. LADY FOREST, b.f., 4/13/2012, Jump Start – Lady Marion, by Forestry. Owned by Spring Meadow Farm, Cooksville, Md. Bred by Brice Ridgely;
  4. COLONEL MELISSA, ch.f., 2/01/2012, Mutakddim – Hoya Saxa, by Bluegrass Cat. Owned by Spring Meadow Farm, Cooksville, Md. Bred by Brice Ridgely and Donald Hunter Barr;
  5. gr./ro.f., 4/30/2012, Bernstein – Princess Hillary, by Maria’s Mon. Owned and bred by Hickory Ridge Farm, Highland, Md.