01/21/2005 1:00AM

McGinneses top 2004 breeders list


The leader board for Maryland's breeding industry in 2004 included new names at the top of the state's breeders list, the emergence of two Grade 1 or Group 1 performers, and the continued strength of the state's leading sires.

Leading breeder: Charles and Cynthia McGinnes

Annually ranked among the state's top breeders, the McGinneses led the list for the first time in 2004 after having six stakes winners bred in their name and the name of their Eastern Shore farm, Thornmar. The top performer was Aggadan, a son of Carnivalay who accounted for two stakes wins late last year at age 5, but earned as much respect by finishing second to Ghostzapper in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap. The $263,371 that Aggadan earned in 2004 pushed his career total to $680,301.

The McGinneses, who breed about 25 mares a year and sell their yearlings commercially, were also the breeders of Aggadan's half-sister Love You Madly (both are out of Georgia K., a daughter of Thornmar's now pensioned stallion Horatius); 2-year-olds Monster Chaser and What's Up Lonely; and 3-year-olds Two Punch Gal and Water Cannon, who won three stakes last spring and was a Preakness starter.

The McGinneses' success could be summed up in the 2004 Maryland Million, most notably in the Nursery, as they bred and sold the winner, What's Up Lonely, runner-up Monster Chaser, and fourth-place finisher December Fire. In addition, Aggadan finished second in the day's richest race, the Maryland Million Classic, and Private Scandal was second, missing by a nose, in the Maryland Million Turf.

Leading Maryland-bred money winner: Our New Recruit

The biggest score for a Maryland-bred in 2004 came far from home, as California-based Our New Recruit shipped to Dubai to capture the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen over a field of world-class sprinters. A burly chestnut, Our New Recruit was recording his first stakes victory. After he returned to win a stakes at Del Mar in September, he pushed his seasonal earnings to $1,265,800 from five starts.

Our New Recruit (1999, Alphabet Soup-Delta Danielle, by Lord Avie) was bred by Thomas Graul and foaled at Dark Hollow Farm in Upperco, Md. It was the second year in a row that the leading Maryland-bred earner came from Dark Hollow - New York Hero, who earned $465,860 in 2004, was bred and raised there.

The top money-winning 2-year-old, and second Maryland-bred earner overall, was Eclipse Award finalist Declan's Moon. Bred by Brice Ridgely, the son of former Maryland sire Malibu Moon earned $507,300 in an undefeated four-start season, topped by his Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity score.

Leading Maryland sires: Not for Love, Meadow Monster, and Lion Hearted

For the second year in a row, Not for Love, who stands at Northview Stallion Station, was the nation's highest-ranked stallion standing outside of Kentucky. The son of Mr. Prospector, with six crops of racing age, was 11th in the nation and became the first stallion in Maryland history to top $5 million in a single season. Not for Love was the sire of 22 stakes horses in 2004, including graded winners Angela's Love, He Loves Me, Love of Money, and Presidentialaffair.

Meadow Monster was the leading 2-year-old sire by earnings, winners, and wins with his first Maryland-sired crop. By Meadowlake, Meadow Monster was moved to his current home, Green Willow Farms in Westminster, in 2001.

Lion Hearted, also at Northview Stallion Station, was the leading Maryland freshman sire and was ranked among the top 20 in the nation. A son of Storm Cat, Lion Hearted got his first stakes winner on June 3 (Chocolate Brown in the Fashion Stakes), then had the top Maryland-bred juvenile filly with two-time stakes winner Hear Us Roar.

Leading Maryland-bred by number of stakes wins: He Loves Me (5)

A daughter of Not for Love, He Loves Me rolled through five stakes wins from 10 starts in 2004. The queen of Maryland-bred stakes, she took the Caesar's Wish, Pearl Necklace, and Twixt, all at Pimlico. He Loves Me ventured out to Prairie Meadows and captured the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and also won Laurel's Wide Country Stakes against open company. Pimlico-based trainer Richard Small sent the 3-year-old filly to Belmont Park for the Gazelle Stakes, her lone Grade 1 effort, and she placed third to Stellar Jayne. He Loves Me is a homebred for Binnie and Eddie Houghton's Buckingham Farm, out of the Houghton's graded-stakes winner Palliser Bay.