Maryland Million

Attendance, In-State Handle Show Slight Increases On Maryland Million Day

Attendance and in-state handle was up Saturday at Laurel Park on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. A festive crowd of 22,682 watched the 32nd running of the Million, up 4.4 percent over last year. Total handle on Million Day was $4.377 million compared to $4.476 in 2016. In-state handle was $566,086, up 2.8 percent over the […]

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Maryland Million Classic A ‘Bonus’ For Hometown Jockey Juarez

Jockey Nik Juarez, born and raised an hour north of Laurel Park, put an exclamation point on his three-win afternoon by guiding Three Diamonds Farm’s Bonus Points to a come-from-behind 2 ¾-length victory the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic. Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up was the […]

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Spartianos Nails Blanket Finish In Maryland Million Turf

Everything fell in place for Nik Juarez in Saturday’s $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. The up-and-coming jockey knew he couldn’t have given the Spartianos a better chance of winning, but he didn’t know for sure that the gutsy 5-year-old gelding had prevailed in an exciting four-horse blanket finish until well after crossing the finish line. […]

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Crabcakes Stretches Win Streak To Three In Maryland Million Distaff

Morgans Ford Farm’s Crabcakes, facing older horses for the second straight race, put away pacesetting She Rolls in mid-stretch and held off a late run from My Magician to extend her win streak to three in the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff Saturday at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong Distaff for fillies and mares 3 and up was the […]

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Blue Moon Ace Scores Powerfully In Maryland Million Sprint

Unable to get to his customary position in front following a poor break, Robert L. Cole Jr.’s Blu Moon Ace came with a sweeping move on the outside before powering down the stretch for a 2 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint at Laurel Park. The six-furlong Sprint for 3-year-olds and up was the was […]

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Dortmund Retired, Announced As One Of Six New Maryland Stallions For 2018

Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund was first announced to have retired in April of 2017, but the chestnut son of Big Brown returned to training under Art Sherman’s care in anticipation of a start in the Sept. 30 G1 Awesome Again Stakes. According to, connections weren’t pleased with the 5-year-old’s final workout for that race, so Dortmund […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By DRF Bets: Maryland Million

The Maryland Million series is the highlight of this weekend’s stakes action as excitement continues to build two weeks away from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A series of stakes races held at Laurel Park on Saturday, the Maryland Million consists of an 11-race card which drew a total of 142 entries. The $125,000 Maryland […]

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Maryland Million Day: In-Depth Analysis And Selections For Each Race

John Piassek is a senior at Loyola University Maryland, in Baltimore. He currently runs, producing fan-generated content about horse racing. In the past, he’s worked in fan education at Monmouth Park and Saratoga Race Course. He has analyzed the Maryland Million card and lists his selections below – Race 1: Maryland Million Starter Handicap, […]

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Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Pimlico, Maryland’s Rejuvenated Thoroughbred Industry On The Rebound

On Saturday, Laurel Park will host the 32nd edition of the Jim McKay Maryland Million, the racing industry’s annual showcase event. During the past few years, the Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry has rebounded, with rising betting handles and a “rejuvenated” breeding program. However, as Childs Walker writes in the Baltimore Sun, there still remains an air of uncertainty […]

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