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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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Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Set for October 20


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.


Fan-favorite, Crabcakes, wins the Maryland Million Distaff