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Maryland was the first state to develop a legislated incentive program to encourage the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. The Maryland Fund was created by the General Assembly in 1962.


Click here for a summary of Current Maryland-bred Awards

 

  • Breeders Awards +

    30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all races. Stakes capped at 100,000. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical. In order to earn a breeder award, the horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA. FOR ALL MAIDEN RACES: An additional 20% of a registered Maryland bred’s share of purse PAID TO WINNER if Maryland-sired (stallions must be registered with MHBA each year, prior to progeny racing).
  • Owners Awards +

    30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st-3rd in all overnight races. Paid with purses. PLUS: There are four Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired “non-winners of a race other than” events in each Maryland condition book. AND Maiden-claiming races for a tag of 40,000-32,000 (purse 33,000) carry the following provision: Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired horses have the option of waiving the claiming price
  • Stallion Awards +

    10% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st-3rd in all races. Stakes capped at 100,000. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical. In order to earn a stallion award, the horse and the sire must be registered with the MHBA (and the sire must have been standing in Maryland at the time the horse was conceived).
  • Maryland-Sired Awards +

    Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. Visit marylandmillion.com to read more. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical. Read More
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Restricted Stakes Races:

For registered Maryland-breds. The stakes program is planned on a meet-by-meet basis and is based on projected track handles for the coming year. Click Here for Current Stakes Schedule.

Maryland Pride Day

A full card for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired* horses, featuring stakes races, maiden special weight races, and “A Other Than” allowance races.

*Preference to horses 1) Maryland-bred 2) Maryland-sired


In Maryland, there are six categories through which monies for Maryland-breds are made available:

1) purse money for races for registered Maryland-breds;

2) awards for owners of registered Maryland-breds finishing first, second or third;

3) awards for breeders of registered Maryland-breds finishing first, second or third;

4) awards for stallions who sire registered Maryland-breds finishing first, second or third;

5) bonus awards for the highest-earning 2 and 3-year-olds shown at the annual MHBA yearling show and

6) an allocation for purses for Maryland-sired horses.

Currently, the Maryland Fund receives slightly less than 1 percent of the total mutuel handle and breakage from Laurel and Pimlico (the state’s two major tracks), and receives approximately 1.5 percent of the mutuel handle and 5.0 percent of the breakage at Timonium (the state’s only minor track).

The Maryland Fund program is administered by the Maryland Racing Commission with the assistance and advice of the Maryland Fund Advisory Committee chaired by David Hayden, a member of the Maryland Racing Commission. Under the direction of the commission, the actual implementation of the fund, including maintaining the Maryland-bred registry and computing and distributing all bonus awards, is performed by the MHBA.

Breeder and stallion award percentages are determined on a bi-annual basis on the advice of the Maryland Fund Advisory Committee. Owner award percentages are determined by a separate agreement. 


For Foal or Stallion Registration questions, please contact Whitney Verbal at 410-252-2100 ext. 114, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.