Four defending champions and six other past winners are among the 185 nominees to nine stakes on the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
The $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III) on the May 21 Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico Race Course has drawn a field of 12, including some proven graded stakes winners.
Oratory, a top-10 Oklahoma stallion in 2014 and 2015, has been euthanized following an accident that occured while he was recovering from surgery to address a nerve problem.
Ben's Cat will remain on turf as he targets a record fourth win in the 29th Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park Oct. 18.
The Jim McKay Maryland Million has attracted 188 pre-entries to the nine stakes races on the Oct. 18 card at Laurel Park.
Topped by multiple stakes winner Mystic Love, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale posted across-the-board increases in gross, average, and median for the one-day auction held Dec. 9 in Timonium, Md.
Grade II winners Brushed by a Star and Summer Applause tangle with local stakes contenders in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 18.
King T. Leatherbury's homebred gelding Ben's Cat was named 2012 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
An inside trip and a good kick at the head of the lane made all the difference for 2-year-old filly Mystic Love, who beat the boys at odds of 16-1 Dec. 15 in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
One race after Rick Dutrow won the James Marvin Stakes (gr. III) on July 20, his brother Tony Dutrow sent 5-2 favorite So Many Ways to victory in the 94th running of the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II).
Seven 2-year-old fillies line up July 20 for the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Saratoga Race Course, and five are eligible for a $100,000 bonus.
The purses of the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Million Nursery Ã¢â‚¬" both races for two-year-olds formerly valued at $125,000 and run at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day Ã¢â‚¬" will be boosted to $150,000 each this year.
Maryland Million announced that the purse for the Maryland Million Classic will increase to $300,000. In addition purses for both the Maryland Million Ladies and the Maryland Million Turf will grow to $200,000.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Can't Explain||Ralph E. Nicks||
|Coco Punch||Robin L. Graham||
|Dance With Gio||William H. Wolfendale III||
|Daydreamin Gracie||Dane Kobiskie||
|Monster Sleeping||Dale Capuano||
|Moral High Ground||Mark Shuman||
|Mystic Love||Timothy L. Keefe||
|No Means No||Hugh I. McMahon||
|Pagan Priestess||W. Robert Bailes||
|Pebble to a Pearl||J. Guadalupe Guerrero||
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