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Native Dancer to become first non-human in Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame
Native Dancer to become first non-human in Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

For more than half a century, the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame shooed race horses from its door. But that changes Thursday night when the first thoroughbred is inducted, albeit posthumously, into the 234-member Hall. "We've stopped counting athletes' legs," said Bernie Walter, the group's chairman. Who better to break through the grass ceiling than Native Dancer, winner of the 1953 Preakness and Belmont Stakes and the pride of Sagamore Farm in Glyndon? One of the most celebrated equines ever, Native Dancer won 21 of 22 races, made the cover of Time magazine, became the world's highest-priced stallion and lived a cushy life. "He had every...

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