Maryland Million Ladies

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Maryland Million Ladies
Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, Maryland
United StatesUnited States
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Marylandthoroughbred.com
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up fillies & mares
Purse $125,000

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 its 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 18 miles on the turf.

In its 30th running in 2015, 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."

Records[edit]

Most wins horse:

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:

Winners of the Maryland Million Ladies[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(miles)
Time
Purse
2016 Devilish Love 6 Alex Cintron Anthony W. Dutrow Briardale Stable 1-1/8 1:47.69 $125,000
2015 Monster Sleeping 6 Sheldon Russell Dale Capuano Charles J. Reed 1-1/8 1:51.39 $125,000
2014 Bear Access 4 Horacio Karamanos Lawrence E. Murray Howard Bender 1-1/8 1:54.83 $125,000
2013 Monster Sleeping 4 Jose Garcia Dale Capuano Reed J. Charles 1-1/8 1:53.54 $127,500
2012 Pagan Priestess 4 Mike Luzzi W. Robert Bailes Bobby Sowder 1-1/8 1:49.40 $100,000
2011 Love's Blush 5 Jeremy Rose Rodney Jenkins Richard L. Golden 1-1/8 1:55.03 $100,000
2010 My Sweet Nenana 4 Christopher Ho Daniel T. O'Ryan Daniel T. O'Ryan 1-1/8 1:54.67 $100,000
2009 Talkin About Love 4 Carlos H. Marquez Kevin G. Sleeter Kevin G. Sleeter 1-1/8 1:47.85 $150,000
2008 Miss Lombardi 6 Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Linda & Rob 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 Rodney 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 Castellano, 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 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 Carlos 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 Larry 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 Jorge 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 Laffit 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[edit]

References[edit]

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