Maryland Million Eligible Stallions / Eligible Foal Crops
To be eligible for the Maryland Million, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. And that stallion must, himself, be nominated to the Maryland Million on a seasonal basis. The fee to nominate a stallion to the Maryland Million is an amount equal to the stallions stud fee. Stallion Nominations are due January 31 of every year.
To remain eligible, a stallion must be renominated every year. When his nomination fee is paid each year, all foals conceived in that breeding season are eligible for nomination to the Maryland Million.
From the launch of the program in 1985 until the breeding season of 2007 (foals of 2008), owners nominated their foals to the Maryland Million. And once nominated, a horse would be eligible to compete throughout his or her racing career. Starting with the 2008 breeding season (2009 foals), foals no longer need to be nominated – they are automatically certified to run as long as their sire was nominated to the Maryland Million in the year they were conceived.