From a Maryland Horse Breeders Association release
Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, whose auction selections include champion Lookin At Lucky, Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Bayern and 2015 Grade 1-winning 3-year-old Dortmund, will judge the 81st annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 28.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Lanni serves as bloodstock services director at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in addition to advising such clients as Bob Baffert, George Krikorian, Glen Hill Farm and Kaleem Shah. In the past 15 years, Lanni has advised the purchases of 10 millionaires, 17 Grade 1 winners, and 76 graded stakes horses overall.
The list of judges in the MHBA Yearling Show’s long history is a who’s who of renowned horsemen. The celebrated group includes 26 Hall of Famers, Triple Crown-winning trainers James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, Lucien Laurin and Billy Turner, and leading bloodstock agents Lee Eaton and Buzz Chace. Among Maryland-bred yearlings to have competed in the show are Eclipse Award-winning Hall of Famer Safely Kept, Eclipse Award-winning juveniles Smart Angle and Declan’s Moon, and millionaires Urbane and Cherokee’s Boy.