Yealrings line up at the MHBA Yearling Show. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Katharine M. Voss’ filly by Street Sense out of Belterra, by Unbridled, stood out from the rest of her competitors as judge Gary Contessa selected her as grand champion of the 87th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Yearling Show, held Sunday, August 1 at the Timonium Fairgrounds horse show ring in Timonium, Md.
Bred by the late Robert T. Manfuso, the champion filly was the winner of Class IV (for fillies foaled in Maryland, by out-of-state sires). A daughter of Manfuso’s homebred Grade 2 winner Belterra, she was shown by Chanceland’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.”
A total of 87 yearlings in four classes were judged by four-time New York leading trainer Contessa, who is now based at Delaware Park.
The reserve championship went to Hillwood Stable’s homebred filly by Great …….