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Maryland Million Distaff Handicap

Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Maryland Million Distaff Handicap
Location Laurel Park Racecourse
Laurel, Maryland
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Marylandthoroughbred.com
Race information
Distance (7 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse $150,000

Maryland Million Distaff Handicap 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 Distaff Handicap, a filly or mare 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, 2001, 2002 and 2004 the race was run on dirt at a distance of six furlongs. Since 2004 it has been a 7 furlongs competition and currently offers a purse of $150,000.

In its 24th running in 2009, the race is restricted to those horses who were sired by a stallion who stands in the state of Maryland. Both the entrant horse and their stallion must 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. The race has been called many things starting from 1986 through 1988 and 1990 through 1992 it was known as the "State of Maryland Distaff Handicap." From 1993 through 1995 the race was called the "Port of Baltimor Distaff Handicap," from 1996 through 2001 the race was known as the "Maryland Department of Transportation Distaff Handicap." In 2002 the race was called the "Susquehanna Bank Disstaff Handicap," in 2006 it was known as the "Baltimore Examiner Distaff Handicap" and in 2007 the race was called the "Toyota Tundra Distaff Handicap."

Contents

Records

Most wins horse:

Speed record:

  • 7 furlongs: 1:22.73 - Willa On the Move (2003)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Jayeff B Stable

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Anthony W Dutrow

Winners of the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

2009

All Giving

5

Jonathan Joyce Flint W. Stites Concepts Unlimited Stable

7 fur.

1:23.34

$100,000

2008

Spectacular Malibu

4

Julian Pimentel Michael J. Trombetta Country LIfe Farm

7 fur.

1:23.56

$150,000

2007

Akronism

3

Anthony Black Timothy F. Ritchey Robert S. Evans

7 fur.

1:24.00

$150,000

2006

Silmaril

5

Ryan Fogelsonger Christopher Grove Stephen E. Quick

7 fur.

1:23.00

$150,000

2005

Valley of the Gods

5

Harry Vega Keith W. LeBarron David O'Neill

7 fur.

1:25.34

$150,000

2004

Merryland Missy

4

Stewart Elliott Timothy F. Ritchey Country Life Farm

6 fur.

1:10.60

$100,000

2003

Willa On the Move

4

Mario Pino Anthony Dutrow Marathon Farms, Inc.

7 fur.

1:22.73

$100,000

2002

Blinded by Love

4

Richard Migliore Ben W. Perkins, Jr. New Farm

6 fur.

1:11.28

$100,000

2001

Case of the Blues

4

Mario Pino Anthony Dutrow Skeedattle II

6 fur.

1:11.54

$100,000

2000

Tropical Punch

4

Heberto Castillo, Jr. James A. Jerkens Susan & John Moore

7 fur.

1:23.46

$100,000

1999

Flippy Diane

5

Diane Nelson Leah Gyarmati Castle Village Farm

7 fur.

1:23.80

$100,000

1998

Weather Vane

4

Mario Pino Richard W. Delp Par Four Racing Stables

7 fur.

1:23.20

$100,000

1997

Secret Prospect

4

Mark Johnston John J. Tammaro III Conover Stable

7 fur.

1:24.60

$100,000

1996

Heavenly Punch

4

Edgar S. Prado Sid C. Attard CC. Stable and Robert Harvey

7 fur.

1:23.00

$100,000

1995

Churchbell Chimes

4

Alberto Delgado J. William Boniface Susan Granville

7 fur.

1:24.00

$100,000

1994

Alcovy

4

Scott Miller William G. Huffman L. Riley Magnum

7 fur.

1:23.60

$100,000

1993

Star Minister

4

Andrea Seefeldt Richard W. Small Robert Meyerhoff

7 fur.

1:24.20

$100,000

1992

Brilliant Brass

5

Edgar S. Prado Carlos A. Garcia Elaine L. Bassford

6 fur.

1:11.60

$100,000

1991

Safely Kept

5

Gary Stevens Alan E. Goldberg Jayeff B Stable

6 fur.

1:11.00

$100,000

1990

Safely Kept

4

Julie Krone Alan E. Goldberg Jayeff B Stable

6 fur.

1:11.00

$100,000

1989

Safely Kept

3

Craig Perret Alan E. Goldberg Barry Weisbord

6 fur.

1:10.00

$100,000

1988

Dark Tzarina

5

M. J. Conner H. Kirk Steen, Jr. Cerulean Farm

6 fur.

1:10.80

$100,000

1987

Ms. Rutledge

3

Kent Desormeaux King T. Leatherbury Herman Greenberg

6 fur.

1:11.20

$100,000

1986

Capp It Off

4

Jerry D. Bailey Gregory L. Wilson Oliver Goldsmith

6 fur.

1:11.80

$100,000

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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