Yearlings, strangles, and Imagining: The week in social media

by | Jul 4, 2019 | Breaking, Business, Regionwide, Top Stories

Hip number 65 at the MHBA Yearling Show. By Bourbon Courage, she’s a half-sister to a former Maryland-bred champion, Jazzy Idea. Photo by The Racing Biz.

A winner was crowned at the 85th MHBA Yearling Show, Imagining sired his first winner, and a case of strangles was found at Delaware Park.

Here is the 411 on what the racing world has been talking about this week in the Mid-Atlantic region:

Midshipman filly earns top Yearling Show honors

The 85th annual Maryland Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Show was held over the weekend at the Timonium Fairgrounds, with a filly by Midshipman stealing the show.

Marked as entry #21, a bay filly by Midshipman out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemons and Limes was named champion of the Yearling Show by judge Michael Stidham, a trainer. The filly was bred and owned by Robert T. Manfuso and Katherine M. Voss, who have now owned the champion yearling of this event on five separate occasions.

The runner-up in the Yearling Show was Hillwood Stables’ Bandbox colt out of the Quiet American mare Buffgirl.

A first for Imagining

Anchor and Hope’s stallion Imagining had his first winner during the week.

On June 28, Imagining’s two-year-old daughter, Little Lion Girl, marched to victory on the turf in race 1 at Laurel Park, defeating her rivals in a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight. The Carla Morgan trainee scored by 1 ¼ lengths in the $40,000 race, picking up her first win in two lifetime starts and upping her career earnings to $33,240.

Bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable, Little Lion Girl is owned by Lady Olivia Northcliff LLC and Michael L. Morgan and was ridden by jockey Forest Boyce.



A case of strangles at Delaware Park

A case of Strangles (streptococcus equi) was reported at Delaware Park on June 29, causing the Maryland Jockey Club, as well as the New York Racing Association, to prohibit the shipment of horses stabled at Delaware Park to their tracks. The lone horse that was reported to be infected is said to have been stabled in a “lightly populated” barn. Fellow horses that were stabled in the same barn are currently under observation, and so far, have not shown any symptoms of contracting the highly contagious illness.

The infected horse is currently in isolation and will remain there until he tests negative for the illness. Fortunately, the infected horse has yet to show any clinical signs of Strangles.