Elizabeth (Binnie) Houghton, TB breeder and animal lover, died Aug. 7
- By SARA CAVANAGH
Elizabeth (Binnie) Houghton, 79 of Chestertown, Md., died Aug. 7 of COPD, a respiratory ailment, at home at her Buckingham Farm.
She bred and raised thoroughbred racehorses horses annually, a number of which were stakes winners.
She foaled her mares at Buckingham until her husband of 48 years, Edward, died in 2008, and after that she foaled her mares at the nearby Thornmar Farm owned by her close friend, Cynthia McGinnes and her husband Charles.
Her latest stakes winner was her homebred Crabcakes, by Great Notion out of Aunt Elaine, by Charismatic, who won the Maryland Juvenile Filly Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 10, 2016 and then placed second in three stakes, in the Wide Country Stakes on Feb. 18 at Laurel, in the Austintown Filly Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Vally Race Course on April 15, and in the Alma North Stakes at Laurel on June 17.
Among her other best known winners were Castelets, Gallorette, He Loves Me, Laplander, Timely Warning, Master Speaker, Forry Cow How, Top of the News, Kalli and Roaring Lion.
Ross Pedicord, director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board and a longtime friend, was quoted in Houghton's obituary in the Baltimore Sun.
“One of the horses raised on their farm, Green Alligator, finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and the Derby winner, Barbaro, descended from generations of horses bred and raised by the Houghtons and Binnie’s father, Anderson Fowler,” he said.