The Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame's newest inductees are millionaire steeplechaser and 2017 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame steeplechase electee Good Night Shirt and the Harford County bred, owned and trained classic winner Deputed Testamony, the most recent Maryland-bred to win the Preakness Stakes.
The selections, announced Thursday, were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Racing Media Association, according to a news release.
Deputed Testamony became a hometown hero when he captured the 1983 Preakness Stakes for the Boniface family, who bred the colt and co-owned him with Francis P. Sears in the name of the Bonifaces' Bonita Farm. The Boniface family also stood the classic winner's sire, Traffic Cop.
J. William Boniface trained the son of Traffic Cop—Proof Requested, by Prove It, his entire career in which he had 11 wins from 20 starts for earnings of $674,329.
"I am very honored that Deputed Testamony was inducted into the Maryland Horse Hall of Fame," Boniface said via email Sunday. "It was a great privilege to have trained him and been with him for the 32 years of his life. Many people from across the country visited Harford County to see him. Even today, on occasion, someone will come to see his gravesite."
Raced from ages 2 to 4, Deputed Testamony won seven stakes, with additional graded wins in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth and Bowie's Grade 3 Governor's Cup Handicap.
He still holds the track record at Pimlico for a mile and a sixteenth (1:40.80) which he set in the final start of his career, the 1984 City of Baltimore Handicap on that year's Preakness Day card. At age 2, he set a one-mile track record at Meadowlands.
He was named Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old in one of the most accomplished classes of Maryland-breds in history, earning the title over fellow Maryland-bred classic winners Caveat (Belmont Stakes) and Shareef Dancer (Irish Derby).
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Following his racing career, Deputed Testamony stood at stud at the new Bonita Farm in Darlington. He was buried at the farm following his death in 2012.
Good Night Shirt went from modest winner on the flat to a two-time Eclipse Award winner over jumps, recording 10 graded stakes wins, including eight Grade 1s, and earning $1,041,083.
From the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2009, he made 14 consecutive graded starts and won 10 of them – including a streak of seven in a row – and accounted for back-to-back runnings of the Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup Hurdle Stakes-G1, Lonesome Glory Hurdle Stakes-G1 and Iroquois Hurdle Stakes-G1.
Only the third steeplechaser in history to surpass $1 million in career earnings, he was the first steeplechaser to be named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year (2008) and was state-bred steeplechase champion four times (2006-2009).
Bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, the chestnut son of Breeders' Cup Classic-G1 winner and 2014 Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductee Concern and the Two Punch mare Hot Story was owned for the majority of his career by Harold A. "Sonny" Via Jr. and trained by Jack Fisher.
Good Night Shirt and Deputed Testamony join MTHOF members Awad, Broad Brush, Challedon, Cigar, Concern, Dave's Friend, Find, Gallorette, Jameela, Kauai King, Little Bold John, Politely, Safely Kept, Twixt and Vertex and steeplechasers Elkridge, Jay Trump and Tuscalee.
The newest honorees, with biographies, photos and complete race records, are showcased on-line at www.mdthoroughbredhalloffame.com.