Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Baltimore County native, spent about 90 minutes at Pimlico Race Course late Thursday afternoon, shooting two television commercials to promote next month's Maryland Million. The 19th annual Maryland Million will be held at Pimlico on Oct. 9. "I have a personal history with a lot of interests within the industry and have been going to the track all my life," said Ehrlich. "But any governor of Maryland has to recognize and the people of Maryland have to recognize the importance of the horse industry to our state."
The 30-second spots will debut at Pimlico Saturday and on networks Sept. 27. It will feature the Republican mucking stalls, feeding a horse, parking cars, punching pari-mutuel tickets, selling programs, working the food counter and trying on jockey silks. "A sense of humor is important in life," added Ehrlich. "In many cases, particularly in politics, a sense of humor can help you deliver a particular message. This message is obviously come to the Maryland Million and have fun."The pioneering Maryland Million was introduced in 1986. It is a program of races for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions only and has been duplicated by 19 other Thoroughbred states. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remains chairman of the board.