Main Sequence, on the outside, gets the better of Flintshire in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014

Main Sequence, on the outside, gets the better of Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Photo by © Breeders’ Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014

Our partners at Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred have done a great job covering racing and breeding in the mid-Atlantic region for decades, and their monthly magazine is chock-full of features and stories bound to inform and delight any racing fan or horseman.  With February’s issue available, we asked editor Joe Clancy what readers will find.  His answer:

The Region’s Champ

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s February edition is out and features the top regionally based racehorse of 2014 on the cover. Flaxman Holdings’ Main Sequence, based at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and recently named Maryland-based Horse of the Year by the Maryland Racing Media Association, heads to the track – looking regal and worthy of his two Eclipse Awards as champion turf male and champion older male.

But the Graham Motion trainee was more than fast in 2014, he was also tough enough to defeat pneumonia after being imported from England. The chestnut gelding spent more than two weeks in New York – first in quarantine, then at a veterinary clinic – early in the year and endured weeks of antibiotic treatment back at Fair Hill. He essentially started at zero in terms of fitness when he went back to work in March.

The chestnut gelding turned the late start into a championship with wins in the United Nations at Monmouth, the Sword Dancer at Saratoga, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park and finally the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

Read about how it all happened in the February edition.

Other February highlights include:

  • 15 for 15: Checking in with the region’s Thoroughbred leaders about what’s in store for 2015.
  • Around The Ovals: Reports from Laurel Park, Penn National, Parx Racing and Charles Town.
  • The Usual: A spate of quality photos and writing you’ll want to read including a Q&A with Ron Winchell on the stallion’s impact in the region; a great snowy close-up of Bold Affair’s now yearling daughter Ghost Affair, an editorial that might make you cry (and smile), Vinnie Perrone’s acrostic word puzzle for cold nights by the fire and much more.

Check it out online at, where you can register to read a digital edition or subscribe by mail.