Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is designed to promote Maryland stallions, whose offspring compete in the races with purses and awards of over $1 million each year. Heading into the new year, Maryland stallion farms are gearing up for the 2022 breeding season and looking forward to the success of the resulting foals, the future stars of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day in 2025 and beyond.
“We as an industry have been through a lot but we also have a lot to look forward to. Maryland has continuously worked to bring a new wave of quality stallions into the state and that effort would not be possible without the breeders and horsemen who support them,” said Louis Merryman, president of Maryland Million Ltd. and owner of Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. “Maryland Million day serves as a showcase for our farms and the horsemen that work so hard.”
The 2021 running of Maryland’s Day at the Races marked a return to relative normalcy, after the previous year’s event was run under COVID-19 restrictions, which limited spectator attendance. Enthusiastic participation by horsemen resulted in full fields and a handle figure over $6.5 million, and the always popular Maryland Million Hospitality Village was full and sponsor participation made an impressive rebound from 2020.
“We are looking forward to an even better event in 2022, with more fans and more fun,” said Cricket Goodall, executive director of Maryland Million Ltd. “We are proud that Jim McKay Maryland Million Day caps off Maryland Horse Month in October, which celebrates all of the diverse horse activities we have here.”
Hello Beautiful on her way to victory in the Maryland Million Distaff. (Maryland Jockey Club)
On the track, Prendimi (Dance With Ravens) took top honors in the Maryland Million Classic Stakes for owner/breeder G.J. Stables and trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad) made history as the seventh horse in event history to secure three Maryland Million wins, as she captured the Maryland Million Distaff for the second year in a row, adding to her victory in the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes in 2019. Epic Idea (Great Notion) was a notable victor of the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes, returning to the winner’s circle after being disqualified from first in the previous year’s running of the race.
Jim McKay Maryland Million Day features races for Maryland-sired horses with purses and awards of more than $1 million.
Maryland Horse Breeders Association Press Release
Photo: Eventual winner Prendimi leads the pack of four across in the Maryland Million Classic. (Maryland Jockey Club)