Horse of the Year: The Harford connections

Horse racing and breeding are so entwined that there are many ties between specific horses and generations of other horses, trainers and owners, however tenuous.

An American Thoroughbred Horse of the Year has been voted since 1936. Among those 75 champions, at least 10 have some link to Harford County.

2011 - Havre de Grace - Named for the Harford County city of the same name.

2005 - St. Liam - Sire of Havre de Grace

2004 - Ghostzapper - Trained by the late Bobby Frankel, onetime brother-in-law of Harford County Council President Billy Boniface.

2001 - Point Given - His great-grandmother on his father's side, Jameela, was bred and owned by and raced for most of her career for Betty Worthington of Churchville.

1995 and 1996 - Cigar - Born at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

1992 - A.P. Indy – One of his sons, Friesan Fire, stands at stud at Merryland Farm in Hydes and is owned by a partnership managed by Country Life Farm of Bel Air and that includes Fox Hill Farms, owner of Havre de Grace.

1980 - Spectacular Bid - Trained by the late Grover G. "Bud" Delp, a Harford County native.

1948 - Citation - Only loss in his record setting Triple Crown season was to Saggy at the Havre de Grace Race Track. Came back to win the Chesapeake Stakes before heading off to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

1938 - Seabiscuit - Prepped at Havre de Grace before winning his classic head-to-head match race with War Admiral.

1937 - War Admiral - Triple Crown champion won the maiden race of his career at Havre de Grace Race Track; prepped for Kentucky Derby by winning Chesapeake Stakes.

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