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Legends: Jim McKay

Legends: Jim McKay

Jim McKay was a devoted friend to horse racing. For all of the major sports and events he covered, the one that was dearest to his heart was the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contested at Pimlico Race Course in McKay's home state of Maryland.

Maryland Million Named in Honor of Jim McKay

At a Sept. 18 news conference, officials of the Maryland Million announced the event has been officially designated as Jim McKay Maryland Million, which was approved by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session.

MJC Announces Total Handle Decline

The Maryland Jockey Club announced its total handle declined by 8% during 2007, with five fewer racing days. All sources of handle totaled $883.8 million as compared to $960.2 million from the same period in 2006. The daily average handle from all sources decreased 6.5 % from $4.1 million to $3.8 million.

Maryland Million Undercard Purses Increase

The purses of the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Million Nursery â€" both races for two-year-olds formerly valued at $125,000 and run at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day â€" will be boosted to $150,000 each this year.

Pimlico Spring Meet to Open April 20

Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course April 20 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 131st running of the $1-million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, set for May 20.

Life of Joseph Pons Remembered at Memorial

Joseph Pons Sr. touched a lot of people in his life, from breeders and racetrackers to prisoners he helped rehabilitate at a nearby detention center. Hundreds of those people turned out Monday at the Pons family's Country Life Farm north of Baltimore to celebrate the life of the beloved Marylander who died last Wednesday at the age of 83.

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