Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame Inductees Selected



Eclipse champions Heavenly Cause and What a Summer have been inducted into the Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.

The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Racing Media Association.

“These two great mares deserve their place of honor among our Hall of Fame horses. They were the product of dedicated Maryland breeders who were rewarded with great champions,” said Cricket Goodall, executive director of Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

What a Summer, a two-time GII Fall Highweight H. winner over males, was the Eclipse Award-winning champion sprinter of 1977. Five-time Grade I heroine Heavenly Cause was the top 2-year-old filly in the nation in 1980 and added the GI Kentucky Oaks the following term.

“Our latest class of Hall of Famers, both Eclipse champions, speaks to the depth and quality of the Maryland breeding program over many years,” said Maryland Racing Media Association president Frank Vespe. “It's remarkable how many deserving horses we've named to the Hall of Fame – and how many we still have to name.”

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