Introduced in 1986, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, continues to receive strong support from Maryland's extensive breeding industry. Maryland-sired Thoroughbreds are nominated before they become 2-year-olds and remain eligible for life to run in the Maryland Million races.
After twenty-eight runnings, 222 stallions have sired runners in Maryland Million races. Saturday afternoon, twenty-six stallions will be represented in the nine stakes races at Laurel Park, including a pair of two stallions: Bullsbay and Street Magician.
Not For Love, who stands at Northview Stallion Station, leads all stallions with 16 potential runners tomorrow afternoon. Progeny of Not For Love have captured 28 Maryland Million races in the last 11 years from 192 starters, including four victories in 2009 and 2011. His sons and daughters could be competing in all nine stakes races.
Others with at least five entries are Lion Hearted (eight), Scipion (six), Dance With Ravens (five), Great Notion (five), Louis Quatorze (five) and Rock Slide (five).
Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million, a program of races restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions, has been duplicated by more than 20 other states.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the concept and remained Chairman of the Board until his death six years ago. Twenty-two times attendance figures have topped 20,000 for the event.
The first 4,000 full-paid admissions and Maryland-licensed owners and trainers will each receive a free Maryland Million Sport Cap. On-track entertainment between races will include two pony races, Special Olympics Maryland, Suttler Clydesdales, Goshen Foxhounds, Side Saddle Ladies, and Roman and Trick Riding by Rachel Jackson.
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