Race DayThe Details of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day


Race Day Info

  • Owners & Trainers +

    Connections of horses entered on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will receive:

    For additional Gala tickets, call 410-252-2100

    For Race Day Reservations, contact Phoebe Hayes at (301) 470-5454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The owner receives 4 complimentary lunches per entry. Trainer receives 2 complimentary lunches for the day.
  • Seating, Dining & Beyond! +

    Enjoy the best seats in the house at the trackside Club Tent
    Reserve a Trackside Club Table

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  • Free General Admission +

    Free General Admission to Laurel Park on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day!
    (Commemorative Hat with Purchase of Race Day Program - while supplies last)
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On Track Entertainment for the Entire Family!


Kids Korral

Plenty of free activities and fun for your kids all day on the apron, including stick horses, face painting, and more!


Entertainment Between Races

Never a dull moment with on-track demonstrations, entertainers, and trick riding, plus the official clydesdales of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day!


U.S. Pony Racing

Feel the fun-size thrill as these tiny ponies race down the homestretch!

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Hat Contest

Bringing a little extra fashion & fun to Maryland's Day at the Races!

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Bringing a little extra fashion & fun to Maryland's Day at the Races!

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                  Read about the 2019 Maryland Million Hat Contest here.

                  View and download photos from the 2018 Maryland Million Hat Contest here. Password is Maryland Million


DATE: Saturday, October 19th

TIME: 2:30 pm

PLACE: Laurel Park - 2nd Floor of the Grandstand (top of the escalator)

Event Day registration begins at 2:00 pm, no pre-registration available


  • Best Maryland-Themed Hat
  • Best Ladies' Hat
  • Best Dressed Couple - From top to toe!


  • Two 2020 VIP Maryland Million Tickets
  • Two 2020 Black-Eyed Susan Day Turfside Terrace Tickets
  • Gift certificate for a hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery - Must be used at the pop-up shop on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day (Oct 19)


Jocelyn Brooks is the Chief of Staff for Sagamore Racing. Brooks is based at Sagamore Farm, located in Glyndon, Md., which is currently owned by Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank and previously Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. Jocelyn is also responsible for Sagamore Racing’s Next Move program, which retrains retired Sagamore athletes into other careers such as dressage, hunters/jumpers, eventing and even therapy work. Her own horse, Sagamore retiree Perpetual Optimism, entered the Next Move program in 2016 and was a star from the beginning, Jocelyn officially purchased “PO” in 2017 and they compete in eventing locally.

Jessica Gregg is the editor of Baltimore Style magazine, and also oversees Baltimore’s Child and Washington Family magazines. She is a Maryland native, mother of two and the author of a book of poetry, “News from This Lonesome City.”

Christine Moore is the owner of Christine A. Moore Millinery in New York. She is the official Milliner of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. The last two years she was named featured milliner of Kentucky derby 144™ and 145™, the first time these titles have been awarded in the 145 year history of the Kentucky Derby. She is the Official Milliner of Breeders’ Cup, America’s Best Racing, the Iroquois Steeplechase, and a featured designer at Keeneland, the Florida Derby and the Preakness Stakes.



Maryland-Sired Awards


Starting March 1, 2017, Maryland Million is rewarding the owners of Maryland Million eligible horses who win any maiden race in Maryland with added bonuses.

Bonus will be paid to winning owners as follows:

  • $2,500 for Maiden Special Weight & maiden claiming $50,000/$40,000
  • $2,000 for maiden claiming $25,000 
  • $1,500 for maiden claiming $16,000 
  • $1,000 for maiden claiming $10,000
  • $500 for maiden claiming $5,000

Check your horse's eligibility here. Contact Hillary Fisher at  (410) 252-2100 ext. 122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

NOTE: For Maiden Special Weight ONLY:

  • An amount equal to 5% of the bonus will be paid to the original foal nominators (through 2008 foals).
  • An amount equal to 5% of the bonus will be paid to the stallion nominators. 


Maryland Million stallion nominator awards will be paid to the owner indicated on the stallion nominaton form when progeny from the nominated year finish first, second, third or fourth in any Maryland Million restricted or premium race. The stallion nominator awards are indepenent of any other Maryland stallion award program.

An amount equal to 5% of the purse for each race will be paid to the stallion nominator. The 5% is distributed as follows:

  • First Place - 2% of purse
  • Second Place - 1.5% of purse
  • Third Place - 1% of purse
  • Fourth Place - .5% of purse

2019 schedule - First Post 12pm



Contact the Maryland Million office with specific questions (410) 252-2100

11:35 AM  National Anthem sung by Anthony Kearns accompanied by Marine Corps Color Guard
12:00 PM Race 1 -  Alzheimer's Association Maryland Million Distaff Starter
 After Race 1 Medium/Large Pony Flat Race
12:35 PM Race 2 - Fasig-Tipton Maryland Million Nursery
 After Race 2 Roman Riding - Rachel Jackson
1:10 PM Race 3 - Harford County Distaff
 After Race 3 Shetland/Small Pony Flat Race 
1:44 PM Race 4 - Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey Maryland Million Turf Starter
 After Race 4 MHIB Touch of Class Award presentation to Bobby Lillis, Suttler Post Clydesdales 
2:00 PM Registration for Hat Contest begins - 2nd Floor Clubhouse
2:18 PM Race 5 - Maryland Million Dirt Starter
 After Race 5 Suttler Post Clydesdales, Anthony Kearns sings God Bless America
2:30 PM Hat Contest Judging begins
2:53 PM Race 6 - Apple Ford Lincoln & Marama Farm Maryland Million Ladies
 After Race 6 Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award presentation to Heather Cellinesi 
3:25 PM Race 7 - Maryland Million Lassie
 After Race 7 Goshen Hounds Fox-Hunting Club
4:02 PM Race 8 - John Deere Turf
After Race 8  Maryland Million Hat Contest winners announced
4:34 PM Race 9 - Xpressbet Maryland Million Sprint  
5:06 PM Race 10 - Capital Bank Maryland Million Classic
5:38 PM Race 11 - Maryland Million Distaff Starter
6:10 PM Race 12 - Maiden Special Weight