Trainer Gary Contessa selected a Street Sense filly as grand champion of the 87th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA)'s Yearling Show. The show was held Sunday at the Timonium Fairgrounds with the filly bred by the late Robert T. Manfuso out of GSW Belterra (Unbridled) prevailing. The winner is owned by Katharine Voss of Chanceland Farm and shown by the farm's manager Casey Randall.
“We all know that on a horse, the engine is in the rear, and she's got like a 400 horsepower engine in that rear end,” said Contessa. “I mean the colts looked great, the [reserve champion] filly looked great, but she was just the most powerful filly. She was classy, she had the ears up, she had the shoulders that matched the engine, she just had it all in my opinion.”
Four classes comprised of a total of 87 yearlings were judged by Contessa with reserve champion going to Hillwood Stable's homebred filly by Great Notion out of Dearie Be Good (Scrimshaw). All yearlings in the show are eligible for a $40,000 premium award, with $20,000 going to the exhibitors of the four entries who earn the most money as 2-year-olds in 2022 and the remaining $20,000 divided among the exhibitors of the four highest-earning 3-year-olds of 2023.