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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

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.

Maryland Million Ltd. Partners with Christine A. Moore Millinery

 camhatslogo copy 2Christine A. Moore Millinery has been named The Official Milliner of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day – Maryland’s Day at the Races – to be run October 21st at Laurel Park.

Established in 1994, Christine A. Moore Millinery is based in New York City. Christine is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentucky Derby Museum. She has designed Oaks and Derby hats for Kentucky’s former First Lady Jane K. Beshear and Preakness hats for former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as well as current Mayor Catherine Pugh.

"I am so honored to be named official milliner of the Maryland Million and to work with their wonderful staff. Maryland has a time honored tradition of horse racing, and I am blessed to have been involved in it for years, and to have met so many wonderful horse lovers and fans!" Moore said.

This announcement comes in conjunction with the launch of the first annual Maryland Million Hat Contest, which will take place at 2:30pm in the Laurel Park Clubhouse (2nd floor) on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. Contest categories include Best Maryland-Themed Hat, Best Ladies’ Hat and Best Dressed Couple - from top to toe!

The winner of each category will receive a trio of wonderful prizes including two VIP tickets to 2018 Maryland Million Day, two tickets to the Turfside Terrace on Black-Eyed Susan Day and a custom-made hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery. No pre-registration is required. Visit for all of the details.

Those looking to purchase a hat for the contest – or any other occasion - can shop online at or in person at Hats in the Belfry (locations in Baltimore & Annapolis).

More About Christine A. Moore:
Christine has been on the TODAY Show six times live from Churchill Downs where NBC calls her “the milliner to the Triple Crown”. She is the official milliner for Breeders’ Cup, America’s Best Racing and the Iroquois Steeplechase, featured designer at the Preakness Stakes, Keeneland, and the Florida Derby. Christine’s hats are available at the finest boutiques throughout the country. Each hat is made with great care in NYC, USA.

More About Jim McKay Maryland Million Day:
Jim McKay Maryland Million Day features races for Maryland-sired Thoroughbred horses with purses and awards totaling over $1 million. A diverse crowd of fans, industry professionals, and elected officials flock to Laurel Park each autumn to enjoy this competitive day of racing and a variety of other on-and-off-track activities.