Michael Matz to judge 2020 MHBA Yearling Show
- June 4, 2020
- By Staff Writers
TIMONIUM, Md.--Two-time classic-winning trainer Michael Matz will judge the 86th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show.
Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show has been rescheduled for 2020 and will be held Sunday, July 19 at the Maryland State Fairgounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium.
Entries are due by June 20.
Based at Fair Hill Training Center, Matz sent out his first winner in August 1997, and has since trained dozens of stakes winners.
His richest, and most famous, charge was undefeated 2006,G1 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Six years later, Matz again had classic success when Union Rags got up to win a thrilling renewal of the G1 Belmont Stakes.
The first G1 win for the Matz barn came in the 2003 Secretariat Stakes with Kicken Kris, who would add the G1 Arlington Million the next year.
Matz celebrated a Breeders’ Cup win with Round Pond in the 2006, G1 Distaff and also won G1 stakes with sprinter Visionaire and top turf mares Somali Lemonade and Hard Not to Like.
His runners have earned in excess of $42 million.