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Massive Weekend for Maryland Million Maiden Fillies

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No Refunds cruises home in the first race at Laurel Park on Saturay, June 30.

A total of seven Maryland Million-eligible fillies broke their maidens at Laurel Park this weekend (June 29-July 1, 2018). The winners were highlighted by Buffum's two-year-old daughter, No Refunds, who took a Maiden Special Weight sprint for fillies on Saturday, June 30. Buffum's son, Clever Mind, won the 2017 Maryland Million Nursery - keep an eye out for this one on October 20th! 

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Maryland Million Art Competition Deadline July 31st

Calling all artists! We’re searching for a MASTERPIECE (photograph, painting, drawing, etc) to display on the cover of the 2018 Maryland Million Gala invitation and event program. 

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Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Set for October 20

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The 33rd edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Laurel Park. Dates of other Maryland Million festivities, including the Maryland Million Gala (Maryland Club - Oct .19) and Maryland Million Golf Tournament (Manor Country Club - Oct. 9) have also been confirmed.

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Maryland Million Maiden Winners Abound

Three Maryland Million eligible three-year-olds broke their maidens at Laurel Park this weekend (Jan 19-21).

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Anthony Kearns to Perform at the Annual Maryland Million Celebrations

World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” at the 2017 Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, it was announced.

This is the third year Kearns will sing at this extraordinary day of racing for Maryland-sired Thoroughbred horses, started in 1986. The Maryland Million is a one-day stakes program offering purses and awards of more than $1 million, and is second only to the Preakness in Maryland racing events.

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Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Wrap Up

Celebrations, great racing, and increases in attendance and in-state handle highlighted the 32nd Jim McKay Maryland Million Day held Saturday, Oct. 21 at Laurel Park.

A festive crowd of 22,682 was in attendance, up 4.4 percent over 2016. Total handle was $4.377 million compared to $4.476 a year ago. In-state handle was $566,086, up 2.8 percent over the previous year.

“While we were missing some marquee names that had competed in the past, we were pleased with Saturday’s program and festivities on Maryland Million Day,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “Field size was up, we showed increases in attendance and in-state handle, and the crowd was spectacular. We want to thank the horsemen, the fans and, of course, our incredible equine athletes for taking part in a great day.”

Maryland Million Day was highlighted by Maryland-bred Bonus Points winning the $150,000 Classic, a victory that provided Maryland-native rider Nik Juarez with his third victory of the afternoon.

clevermind102117Freshman sires Buffum and Freedom Child got their first stakes winners in dramatic fashion. The Nursery was won by Buffum’s first-timestarter Clever Mind, who broke last and was more than a dozen lengths off the pace before charging around the field and drawing off to win by 2 lengths. Clever Mind isa homebred for Richard L. Golden of Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds and is trained by Graham Motion. Golden is also president and CEO of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, where Buffum stands at stud. Buffum’s only other starter, the filly Buff’s in Love, was third in the Lassie.

Freedom Child’s 2-year-old daughter Limited View turned in a dramatic performance in the Lassie. Trained by John Salzman Jr., who co-owns the filly with Fred Wasserloos and George Greenwalt, Limited View broke from the outside post and made a right turn under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, and by the time she got straightened out, she was more than a dozen lengths behind the leaders. She rapidly gained on the field and flew down the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length. The sire of four starters on the card, Freedom’s Child also had on-the-board finishes in the Nursery with Jamaican Don and Nico Bree N Teej, second and fourth, respectively. Freedom Child stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

Other Maryland stallions with winners on the card were:

• All-time leader Not For Love, sire of Turf winner Spartianos – it marks the 36th Maryland Million win for Northview Stallion Station’s late sire;
• The ninth win for Northview Stallion Station’s Great Notion with Crabcakes’ popular score in the Distaff;
• A second winner for Bonita Farm’s third-year sire Etched, whose 3-year-old daughter My Sistersledge won the Ladies over older mares;
• Murmur Farm’s late stallion Louis Quatorze, who got his sixth Maryland Million win with Miss Nosy’s dominating score as favorite in the Distaff Starter Handicap;
• Retired Shamrock Farm stallion Rock Slide with a third Maryland Million win after Willy d’Rocket captured in the inaugural Turf Starter Handicap

Edgar Prado’s win aboard Limited View in the Lassie was his 17th in Maryland Million history, putting him in a tie with retired jockey Ramon Dominguez for the most victories.

In addition to Juarez’s win in the Classic, he recorded scores in the Nursery (Clever Mind) and Turf (Spartianos). Forest Boyce won back-to-back races by taking the Turf Starter Handicap with Willy d’Rocket and the Distaff with Crabcakes. The only other rider with two or more wins was Julian Pimentel, taking the Sprint and Ladies, with Blu Moon Ace and My Sistersledge, which moved him into fifth place in the overall standings with 11 Maryland Million wins in his career.

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Fan-favorite, Crabcakes, wins the Maryland Million Distaff

Maryland Welcomes New Stallions for 2018

As Jim McKay Million Day gets ready for the 32nd renewal tomorrow, several Maryland breeding farms are announcing new additions to their rosters for 2018. The farms that have announced new stallions include:

• Anchor & Hope Farm – Holy Boss
• Bonita Farm — Alliance and Dortmund
• Heritage Stallion Station – Editorial
• Murmur Farm – Blofeld
• Northview Stallion Station – Madefromlucky

“The focus of the Maryland Million program is Maryland stallions and to see that the breeding farms are bringing a new and diverse group of stallions for the 2018 breeding season is very exciting,” said Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Million.

The Maryland Million program, modeled on the Breeders’ Cup, has concentrated on the stallions and the commerce that is created when mares come to Maryland to be bred. The Maryland industry is experiencing revitalization, and the recent number of mares bred and foals born reflect that. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park tomorrow is the showcase for all of those Maryland horses.

Maryland Million Matchmaker Stallions Announced

Jim McKay Maryland Million Day celebrates Maryland's stallions and the critical role they play in the state's Thoroughbred industry. For the second year in a row, stallion owners have come together to make the Maryland Million Matchmaker a reality. This opportunity is a "cherry on top" for stakes winners on Maryland's Day at the Races!
 
For 2017, the owner and breeder of the winner in each of the Maryland Million stakes races will have the opportunity to breed a mare to one of the two stallions named on the race they win. See which stallions are allocated to each of the races in the table below. All terms and conditions are outlined below the table.
 
2017 Md Million Matchmaker Stallion Race Assignments
 
Stallions Stallion owner Race
Scipion Murmur Farm Nursery
Blofeld Murmur Farm Nursery
Bourbon Courage Anchor & Hope Stallions Turf
Imagining Anchor & Hope Stallions Turf
Street Magician R. Larry Johnson Classic
Despite the Odds R. Larry Johnson Classic
Barbados Shamrock Farm Lassie
Baltimore Bob Shamrock Farm Lassie
Mosler Country Life Ladies
Friesan Fire Country Life Ladies
Bandbox Northview Stallion Station Sprint
Golden Lad Northview Stallion Station Sprint
Editorial Climax Stallions Distaff
Hangover Kid Murmur Farm Distaff

Terms and Conditions:

  • The owner & breeder of the winner in each Maryland Million stakes race are eligible to select a breeding to one of the  stallions named on the race they win.
  • We will not be giving preference to the owner or breeder, so it is possible for both to select the same stallion.
  • All Matchmaker seasons are not for resale and are non-transferable, they can only be used for the 2018 breeding season.
  • The seasons are offered no-guarantee and require that the selected mare be suitable for breeding.

Mary Shunk Named 2017 Unsung Hero Award Winner

MaryShunk LRMary Shunk, Director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, has been selected to receive the 2017 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd., this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility - qualities which serve as inspiration to others.

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Douglas Adams

Mary Shunk, who is an accomplished equestrian herself, is the founder and director of The Retreat at Beckleysville in Hampstead. Mary's passion for enriching lives through horseback riding has made The Retreat what it is today. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, co-director of Equestrian Sports for Maryland Special Olympics, and Head Instructor with 4-H Therapeutic Riding of Carroll County.

“It is truly a well-deserved honor for Mary to be awarded the Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award,” says Kitsi Christmas, president of Maryland Council of Equestrian Therapies (MCET). “She was one of the founding members of MCET, and was president for many years and, along with Rene Dixon, founded the Maryland Challenge Equestrian Trials. Mary always has a smile on her face and is there to help everybody.”

The Retreat at Beckleysville offers recreational, competitive, and therapeutic riding for people of all ages and abilities in a safe environment with minimal cost. Riders come from all over Maryland and Pennsylvania to enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere and the enriching approach of trained volunteers.
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Mary, who has been teaching riding for 45 years, has rescued most of the horses at The Retreat and trains them for the therapeutic riding program.

“We are also dedicated to preserving the health and longevity of horses who have retired from our therapeutic program and others,” says Mary. “Long after they are able to support our riders, they are nurtured, loved, and cared for by adults and children who continue to learn from them.”

Watches & Tickets & Gators - Oh My! Gala Live Auction Preview

Here's a sneak peek of the 2017 Maryland Million Live Auction items, which will be available for bidding upon at the Maryland Million Gala & Auction, Friday, Oct 20. Auction proceeds benefit the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation - learn more about the MHIF. Still need your Gala tickets?  Purchase Gala Tickets.

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