Full Fields Ready for Maryland's Day at the Races

A total of 124 offspring of Maryland stallions are entered to race Saturday in the 10 races of the Maryland Million at Pimlico Race Course, 26 more than were entered in 2001. Only one race failed to attract double-digit entries.

The highlight of Saturday will be the $200,000 Classic, which has drawn a field of 10, including defending champion Sumerset, who will carry a low weight of 112 pounds. Duckhorn is the overwhelming morning-line favorite at 6-5.

The Classic is the 10th race of the day with a 5:44 p.m. scheduled post.

The rest of the card looks like this. In the first race, the 1 1/8-mile Starter Handicap has drawn 12 older horses, including defending champion Blazing Colors; the Distaff Starter Handicap, going 1 1/16 miles, will see 13 fillies and mares take the post, including Valley Parking, who has five wins from 10 starts this year; only six 3-year-old fillies will take the gate for the 1 1/16-mile Oaks. The Oaks is highlighted by Madame X Ski, winner of the Caesars Wish Stakes at Pimlico in April; a field of 12 will take the gate for the six-furlong Nursery, including Cherokee's Boy, ridden by Pimlico leading jockey Ryan Fogelsonger; In the six-furlong Lassie, a field of 16 have entered (only 12 can run), including the Tony Dutrow-trained No Secrets Here; the Maryland Million Ladies, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, also has drawn an overflow field. Only 14 can run in the Ladies, which is highlighted by Your Out, the 2000 2-year-old Maryland filly of the year; the six-furlong Distaff has drawn a field of 11 fillies and mares, including defending champion Case of the Blues and Politely Stakes winner Urban Dancer; the Maryland Million Turf will see 10 turf specialists will run, including defending champion Elberton, 2001 winner Cynics Beware and La Reine's Terms who has four stakes victories since a disappointing seventh in last year's Turf; stakes winners P Day, Deer Run, In CC's Honor, He's a Knockout and Bada Bam Bada Boom headline the 17-horse Sprint field. (only 12 will run)

The 17th $200,000 Maryland Million Classic lines from the rail :
1 -- Duckhorn (Richard Migliore, 6/5)
2 -- Hay Getoutofmyway (open, 20/1)
3 -- Big Becker (Travis Dunkelberger, 20/1)
4 -- Concerned Minister (Craig Perret, 8/1)
5 -- Sumerset (Orlando Bocachia, 8/1)
6 -- Get the Picture (Ramon Dominguez, 15/1)
7 -- Docent (Jeremy Rose, 5/1)
8 -- Carney's Prospect (Horatio Karamanos, 12/1)
9 -- Quiet Gratitude (open, 30/1)
10 -- Marciano (Mario Pino, 4/1)

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