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Maryland Million Changes Are For The Bettor

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In a press release from Maryland Million Ltd., the Maryland Million board has approved three significant changes for the 28th Jim McKay Maryland Million, to be run on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Laurel Park.

 

The day of racing for the offspring of eligible Maryland-based stallions will no longer card the Oaks and the Turf Sprint. And the distance of the Turf has been modified to one mile.

 

The Oaks, a one mile event for 3-year-old fillies had been run since Maryland Million’s inception in 1986. The Turf Sprint, won the past three years by Ben’s Cat, was first contested in 2004.

With the elimination of the 5 furlong Turf Sprint, the distance of the Turf has been shortened to one mile. To be run for the 28th time, the race was initially a mile and a sixteenth test until the 1993 running, when it was lengthened to a mile and an eighth.

Maryland Racing Secretary Georganne Hale offered this explanation, “The two races were deleted because it was diluting the horse population which caused smaller fields in the dirt sprint, boys turf, distaff, and ladies turf.” Hale added, “We had too many race options that the same amount of horses could run in. We do not have more horses. We shortened the boys turf to draw a horse that might have been in the turf sprint and really can't dirt.”

This year’s Maryland Million Day will have two new opportunities for maiden turf runners, offering purses of $50,000 for each. Maryland Million and/or Maryland-bred horses will be eligible for the mile and a sixteenth races for 3-year-olds and up, with Maryland Million eligible horses preferred. Second preference will be for horses had to have run for at least $12,500 in their last three starts.

When asked about the two new races, Hale expressed, “The two added maiden races we knew, or hope, would draw big fields which in turn increases the day's handle. We also opened up the maiden races to include Maryland Breds too.”

Two words that are music to horseplayers ears, “big fields”. There’s nothing less attractive about a racing card, then to see multiple races having 6 horses entered.
This is exactly what these changes are intended to combat. 

Bravo Maryland Million Ltd. for making these changes for the bettor, with an “o” not an “e”.        

Here are the eleven (11) Maryland Million races:

$150,000 Maryland Million Classic 3-year-olds & up, 1 1/8 mile

$125,000 Maryland Million Turf 3-year-olds & up, 1 mile turf

$125,000 Maryland Million Ladies F&M 3-year-olds & up, 1 1/18 mile turf

$100,000 Maryland Million Distaff (a handicap) for F&M, 3-year-olds & up, 7f

$100,000 Maryland Million Sprint (a handicap) for 3-year-olds & up, 6f

$100,000 Maryland Million Lassie Fillies, 2-year-olds, 6f

$100,000 Maryland Million Nursery 2-year-olds, 6f

$50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap 3-year-olds & up who have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less since October 1, 2011, 1 mile. This is a Sweepstakes.

$50,000 Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap F&M 3-year-olds & up who have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less since October 1, 2011, 1 mile. This is a Sweepstakes.

$50,000 Maryland Million/Maryland-bred Maiden Turf F&M 3-year-olds & up. First preference to Maryland Million-eligible horses. Second preference to horses who have not run for less than $12,500. 

$50,000 Maryland Million/Maryland-bred Maiden Turf 3-year-olds & up. First preference to Maryland Million-eligible horses. Second preference to horses who have not run for less than $12,500.

 

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Hail Maryland Million Day. A wonderful day at LRL. Thanks for the heads up Gary!! It gives me a chance to do a Banner!!
Hail Maryland Million Day. A wonderful day a LRL. Thanks for the heads up Gary!!

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