Good Night Shirt was bred to run on the flat, but excelled over the jumps. A two-time Eclipse Award winner, he was only the third steeplechaser in history to surpass $1 million in career earnings, and was the first steeplechaser to be named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year (2008). He also earned four consecutive state-bred steeplechase championship titles (2006-2009). In the spring of 2017 it was announced that he would enter the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame as a steeplechase electee. 

Classic winner Deputed Testamony became a hometown hero when he captured the 1983 Preakness Stakes (and he remains the most recent Maryland-bred to do so). The bay colt was Maryland through and through – bred by the Boni­face family of Harford County, who co-owned him with Boston, Mass., businessman Francis P. Sears in the name of their Bonita Farm, he was by a stallion who stood at Bonita, and trained at the farm by J. William “Billy” Boniface. He was ridden to victory in the Preakness by young Marylander Don­nie Miller, who picked up the mount when regular rider Herb McCauley elected to stay with stablemate Parfaitement.


In January 2013 the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and the Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA) began collaborating on plans for a hall of fame to illuminate the accomplishments of Maryland-bred Thoroughbreds.