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Maryland Million Ladies

Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Maryland Million Ladies
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Marylandthoroughbred.com
Race information
Distance 1-1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up fillies & mares
Purse $200,000

The Maryland Million Ladies 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 Ladies, a 3 year-old filly 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]

At its inception in 1986 through 1990 the Maryland Million Ladies was run at one and 1/16 mile on turf. The race was run on the main track on dirt in 1992 and 1995. From 1991 to present (with the above exceptions) the race has been run at 1-1/8 miles on the turf.

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. In its inaugural year (1986) the race was called the "Eskimo Pie Maryland Ladies." From 1987 through 1992 the race was known as the "First National Bank of Maryland Ladies." In 1993 the race was called the "BWI Airport Maryland Ladies" and in 1994-1995 the "USAir Maryland Ladies." From 1997 through 1999 the race was known as the "Carrollton Bank Maryland Ladies and from 2000-2001 it was called the "Kameen Laser Eye Associates Maryland Ladies." In 2004 the race was called the "Susquehanna Bank Maryland Ladies."

Contents

Records

Most wins horse:

  • 3 - Mz. Zill Bear (1993, 1994, 1995)
  • 3 - Countus In (1989, 1990, 1991)

Speed record:

  • 9 furlongs: 1:46.86 - Hail Hillary (2003)
  • 8.5 furlongs: 1:42 1/5 - Countus In (1989)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Mea Culpa Stables
  • 3 - Charles G. Middleton III

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Ronald Cartwright
  • 3 - Steven M. Rieser

Winners of the Maryland Million Ladies

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

2009

Talkin About Love

4

Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. Kevin G. Sleeter Kevin G. Sleeter

1-1/8

1:47.85

$150,000

2008

Miss Lombardi

6

Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Linda and Robert Newton

1-1/8

1:49.52

$200,000

2007

Maddy's Heart

3

Ramon Dominguez Timothy A. Hills Dennis J. Federico

1-1/8

1:47.26

$200,000

2006

Debbie Sue

5

Jeremy Rose Hamilton A. Smith Fred A. Green, Jr.

1-1/8

1:47.63

$150,000

2005

Surf Lite

4

R. Soodeen Flint W. Stites Country Life Farm

1-1/8

1:51.95

$150,000

2004

Hail Hillary

4

Mario Pino David C. Kassen Larry Slavin

1-1/8

1:51.09

$100,000

2003

Hail Hillary

3

Abe Castillano, Jr. David C. Kassen Larry Slavin

1-1/8

1:46.86

$100,000

2002

Shopping for Love

5

Richard Migliore Kenneth A. Nesky Dennis D'Arcangelo

1-1/8

1:48.61

$100,000

2001

Stal Quest

3

Travis L. Dunkelberger Dale Capuano Costas N. Triantafilos

1-1/8

1:48.40

$100,000

2000

Caveat's Shot

5

Mark T. Johnston Dale Capuano Ben Dover Stable

1-1/8

1:47.90

$100,000

1999

Vaguely Rich

4

Mario Pino Robin L. Graham Frank P. Wright

1-1/8

1:54.80

$100,000

1998

Lonesome Sound

6

Mario Verge H. Graham Motion Sandy Bayou Stables

1-1/8

1:52.20

$100,000

1997

Only Ali

5

C.H. Marquez Jr. Barclay Tagg Yardley Manfuso

1-1/8

1:59.20

$100,000

1996

Julie's Brilliance

4

Mark T. Johnston King T. Leatherbury Elaine L. Bassford

1-1/8

1:59.60

$100,000

1995

Mz. Zill Bear

6

Steve D. Hamilton Ronald Cartwright Mea Culpa Stables

1-1/8

1:51.80

$120,000

1994

Mz. Zill Bear

5

L.C. Reynolds Ronald Cartwright Mea Culpa Stables

1-1/8

1:53.00

$120,000

1993

Mz. Zill Bear

4

Edgar S. Prado Ronald Cartwright Mea Culpa Stables

1-1/8

1:49.40

$120,000

1992

Richard's Lass

4

J. F. Chavez Alfredo Callejas Robert Perez

1-1/8

1:50.20

$120,000

1991

Countus In

6

Julie Krone Steven M. Rieser Charles G. Middleton III

1-1/8

1:50.20

$120,000

1990

Countus In

5

Julie Krone Steven M. Rieser Charles G. Middleton III

1-1/16

1:42.60

$150,000

1989

Countus In

4

Julie Krone Steven M. Rieser Charles G. Middleton III

1-1/16

1:42.20

$150,000

1988

Chapel of Dreams

4

Chris McCarron John Parisella T.M. Sabarese

1-1/16

1:49.00

$150,000

1987

Gold Glove

4

Lafit Pincay Jr. J. William Boniface Ivy Dell Stud

1-1/16

1:49.00

$150,000

1986

Dismasted

4

Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Edward P. Evans

1-1/16

1:44.60

$150,000

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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