2019 MMW Spotlight

Maryland Million Watch Spotlight: Cheese On

By Jessica Tugwell

How a young man's legacy lives on in the spirit of a racehorse. 

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Maryland Million Watch Spotlight: Miss J McKay

By Jessica Tugwell

On October 18, 1986, Jim McKay saw his vision for a Maryland-sired stakes program come to fruition when Sam-Son Farm’s two-year-old filly Smart Halo captured the very first Maryland Million race. After attending the inaugural Breeders’ Cup, McKay conceived the idea of an event featuring Maryland-sired horses with purses totaling one million dollars, and the event’s success has since sparked many similar programs in other states. Appropriately, one of the rising stars we could see on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day 2019 is a filly named Miss J McKay.

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Maryland Million Watch Spotlight: My Sistersledge

By Jessica Tugwell

John and Cheri Banner’s homebred mare My Sistersledge has won the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes the past two years, and the five-year-old daughter of Etched seems to be primed for another shot on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, October 19.

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Maryland Million Watch Spotlight: Fearless Terp

By Jessica Tugwell

One of the top potential contenders for the Maryland Million Sprint is 3-year-old Claudio Gonzalez trainee Fearless Terp, a son of Nicanor out of the Seeking Daylight mare Daylight Lassie. One of 13 Thoroughbred foals bred and sold to race by the University of Maryland, College Park over the past five years, Fearless Terp was what equine studies program coordinator Dr. Amy Burk called a “textbook foaling.”

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