Maryland can trace its history with the thoroughbred back to the 18th century. It has one of the
deepest historical connections to racing and breeding in the country.
While most of us think of Kentucky as the center of the American throughoughbred, Maryland has
deeper historical roots than the “Bluegrass State.”
It was James Woodward's nephew, William Woodward Sr., racing under the name Belair Stud Farms,
who built a legacy of champions that few could match during the first half of the twentieth century.
Under the direction of Woodward, Belair Stud bred two Triple Crown winners, the “father-son”
combination of Gallant Fox and Omaha, in addition to, numerous stakes winners and five winners of the Belmont Stakes.