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||Paul Kopaj||
|Daydreamin Gracie||Dane Kobiskie||
|Monster Sleeping||Dale Capuano||
|Moral High Ground||Anthony Aguirre||
|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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