Jim McKay's Maryland Million Day

Jim McKay’s vision for a sires stakes program for Maryland, like the Breeders’ Cup, has proven to be an unqualified success. Also known as Maryland’s Day at the Races, this special race day is an annual reminder of all that is good in Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry.

This year’s landmark event has given us a special opportunity to take a walk down memory lane. The bumps in the road and milestones, both met and conquered, have contributed to the uniqueness of this extraordinary day of racing. These recollections begin with the concept in 1984, the formation of a productive partnership and wander through the years, noting many of the novel ideas pioneered by Maryland Million Limited that are now considered traditions.

Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is a tribute to the many people who came together and worked so hard to bring a dream to reality. The event, now truly a Maryland tradition, was conceived, produced, established and now celebrated here. This is the time to enjoy the memories as we look forward to the future.