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Maryland Million Classic

Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Maryland Million Classic
Location Laurel Park Racecourse, Template:Country data Maryland
Laurel, MarylandFlag of the United States


OR
Pimlico Race Course, Template:Country data Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland Flag of the United States

Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Marylandthoroughbred.com
Race information
Distance 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse $300,000

Maryland Million Classic is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in October since 1986 primarily at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland or at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. To be eligible for the Maryland Million Classic, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. Due to that restriction the race is classified as a non-graded or "listed" stakes race and is not eligible for grading by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

The race is part of Maryland Million Day, a 12-race program held in mid October that was the creation of renowned television sports journalist Jim McKay. The "Maryland Million" is the first State-Bred showcase event ever created. Since 1986, 27 other events in 20 states have imitaded the showcase and it's structure.[1]

From its inception in 1986 through 1992, the race was run on dirt at a distance of one mile. Since 1993 it has been a 1-3/16 mile competition and currently offers a purse of $300,000. In addition to the prize money, the winning owner receives a Maryland Million Waterford Crystal bowl.

In its 24th running in 2009, the race was restricted to those horses who were sired by a stallion who stands in the state of Maryland. Both the entrant horse and their stallion had to be nominated to the Maryland Million program.

The race itself has had many titles since 1986 due in large part to the aggressive marketing efforts of Maryland Million Limited, the series corporate founder. In its first seven years, from 1986 through 1992, the race was called the "Budweiser Maryland Million Classic." From 1993 through 1996 the race was known as the "First National Bank of Maryland Classic." From 1997 through 2004 the race was known as the "Cosamin DS Maryland Classic."

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-3/16 miles - 1:54.00 - Taking Risks (1994) & Frugal Doc (1996)
  • 1-1/4 mile - 2:01.00 - Mister S. M. (1988)

Most wins by a horse: - Three horses have won the Maryland Million Classic twice:

  • 2 - Docent (2002 & 2003); Algar (1997 & 1998); Timely Warning (1990 & 1991)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Anderson Fowler

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Maryland Million Classic

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

2009

Sumacha’hot

4

Grant Whitacre Butch Cave Butch Cave

1-3/16

1:50.26

$250,000

2008

Cuba

7

Pedro Cotto, Jr. Bobby Dibona Leo-Sag Stable

1-3/16

1:57.78

$300,000

2007

Evil Storm

6

Jeremy Rose Michael Gorham Old Coach Farm

1-3/16

1:58.19

$300,000

2006

Due

5

Rosie Napravnik Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm/Jayne Slysz

1-3/16

1:58.38

$250,000

2005

Play Bingo

4

Ryan Fogelsonger John R. S. Fisher Erdenheim Farm

1-3/16

1:59.08

$250,000

2004

Presidentialaffair

5

Stewart Elliott Martin E. Ciresa Ed Cirsea/V. Papapandrea

1-3/16

1:55.58

$200,000

2003

Docent

5

Clinton Potts Timothy F. Ritchey Mrs. Bernard J. Daney

1-3/16

1:54.94

$200,000

2002

Docent

4

Jeremy Rose Timothy F. Ritchey Mrs. Bernard J. Daney

1-3/16

1:56.85

$200,000

2001

Sumerset

4

Jeremy Rose Timothy F. Ritchey E & G Stables

1-3/16

1:57.20

$200,000

2000

Testing

7

Jose A. Velez, Jr. Peter Fortay Dennis A. Drazin

1-3/16

1:54.51

$200,000

1999

Perfect to a Tee

7

Alcibiades C. Cortez Linda L. Albert The Nonsequitur Stable

1-3/16

1:56.00

$200,000

1998

Algar

6

Edgar S. Prado Barbara C. Graham Barbara C. Graham

1-3/16

1:56.00

$200,000

1997

Algar

5

Edgar S. Prado Barbara C. Graham Barbara C. Graham

1-3/16

1:58.00

$200,000

1996

Frugal Doc

9

C. Omar Klinger D. Scott Posey L.W.B.R. Stable

1-3/16

1:54.00

$200,000

1995

Brilliant Patriot

4

Mario G. Pino Vincent L. Blengs W. Harrison/L. Pomerantz

1-3/16

1:58.00

$200,000

1994

Taking Risks

4

Mark T. Johnston King T. Leatherbury Lakeville Stables

1-3/16

1:54.00

$200,000

1993

Forry Cow How

5

Larry C. Reynolds Ronald Cartwright Buckingham Farm

1-3/16

1:55.00

$150,000

1992

Reputed Testamony

5

Kent Desormeaux Richard B. Hemmings Matt P. Kane et al.

1-1/4

2:03.00

$150,000

1991

Timely Warning

6

Mike Luzzi Virgil W. Raines Anderson Fowler

1-1/4

2:02.00

$200,000

1990

Timely Warning

5

Craig Perret Virgil W. Raines Anderson Fowler

1-1/4

2:02.00

$200,000

1989

Master Speaker

4

Julie Krone Virgil W. Raines Anderson Fowler

1-1/4

2:02.00

$200,000

1988

Mister S. M.

4

Jose A. Santos Stephen L. DiMauro S. F. Morrell

1-1/4

2:01.00

$200,000

1987

Little Bold John

5

Donnie A. Miller, Jr. John J. Robb J. E. Owens III

1-1/4

2:03.00

$200,000

1986

Herat

4

Jerry D. Bailey Jack Van Berg John A. Franks

1-1/4

2:03.00

$200,000

See also

References

  1. Maryland Million 2008, October 4, Laurel Park, Official Souvenir Guide for 23rd Running, page 4 and 5.




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