Maryland Million

The Stronach Group Taps Vargas To Engage The ‘Next Generation Of Fans’

Belinda Stronach, Chairman & President of The Stronach Group, has tapped entertainment and hospitality vet Jimmy Vargas to lead the company’s newly created entertainment division. As part of The Stronach Group’s mission to modernize the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing by exciting and energizing the next generation of fans, Vargas will curate unique and engaging […]

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Maryland Racing Secretary Merz Focusing On Filling Stalls, Advancing Stakes Schedule

The fact that winter racing is fast approaching hit Chris Merz hard Thursday morning. Merz, a native of San Diego who became the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing secretary in July, woke up to an inch of snow and a winter storm warning. “Waking up and seeing snow? Never. Never seen that before,” Merz said. “It […]

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‘We Believe In This Sport’: Maryland Million Handle Up 30 Percent

Total handle on Saturday’s 33rd Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park was $5.704 million, an increase of 30.3 percent over last year and the largest handle on Maryland Million Day since 2007. It was also the first time since 2007 that total handle was over $5 million. An estimated 22,000 people witnessed history […]

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Prado Makes Maryland Million History With Classic Win On Saratoga Bob

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado guided Saratoga Bob to victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park, setting a record for most wins by a jockey in the annual event featuring Maryland-sired and Maryland-bred horses. Prado notched his 18th Maryland Million success, going one-up on retired fellow Hall of Famer Ramon Dominguez. […]

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Maryland Million: Follow The Dog, My Star Potential Take Juvenile Stakes

Waldorf Racing Stables’ Follow the Dog rated in the clear on the outside of longshot leader Lippi Lorenzo before taking over once straightened for home and pulling clear through the stretch for a 3 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery at Laurel Park. The Nursery for 2-year-olds and $100,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies, […]

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Crabcakes Proves Deserving Favorite In Maryland Million Distaff

Crabcakes validated her 2-5 favoritism in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff at Laurel Park, successfully defending her title with a half-length triumph over My Magician. The seven-furlong handicap for fillies and mares kicked off the 33rd edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million program of stakes for Maryland-sired and Maryland-bred horses. The Bernie Houghton-trained Crabcakes, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Maryland Million

This weekend’s North American racing action is highlighted by the Maryland Million series on Saturday at Laurel Park. The featured race, the Classic, offers a contentious field of ten starters with three also-eligibles. Morning-line favorite Bonus Points is last on the AEs, so the main body favoritism falls to Saratoga Bob, a 4-year-old son of […]

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Dizzy, Zappa and Zeppelin: Laurel Park’s Clubhouse Festival On Maryland Million Day Reprises Past Music Festivals

There are hundreds of indelible images at Laurel Park. Secretariat and Barbaro winning the Laurel Futurity. Lester Piggott’s three victories in the D.C. International. Ben’s Cat winning his third consecutive Maryland Million Turf Sprints. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention singing “My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama.” Wait. Led Zeppelin playing “You Shook […]

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‘It’s Our Breeders’ Cup’: Rich History Behind Maryland Million Day

Two weeks before the best horses and horsemen in the world gather for a lucrative weekend of championship racing, Laurel Park will once again play host to Maryland’s version of the Breeders’ Cup. The Jim McKay Maryland Million will celebrate its 33rd year Saturday, Oct. 20 featuring a full program of races for horses by 110 […]

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‘Star-Crossed’ Super Ninety Nine Has Stud Farm Crew Excited For Maryland Million Day

Dating back to before he ever ran, continuing on through his racing career and extending to a second career at stud, Super Ninety Nine has been a case study in perseverance. A resident of Josh and Mike Pons’ Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., the 8-year-old stallion is represented by three horses pre-entered in […]

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