After attendance was limited last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 36th annual Maryland Million Day reflected a return to normalcy as fans were welcomed back for an exciting day of racing on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Laurel Park, where Maryland-breds captured 10 of the 12 races.
Maryland sires are the focus of the day, and 11 of the 12 stakes races were won by Maryland-sired entries. Northview Stallion Station’s Golden Lad, Great Notion and the late Buffum had two winners each: Air Token (Golden Lad) in the $100,000 Sprint and Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad) in the $100,000 Distaff; Epic Idea (Great Notion) in the $100,000 Ladies and Grateful Bred (Great Notion) in the $75,000 Turf Sprint; Buff My Boots (Buffum) in the $100,000 Lassie and Pennsylvania-bred Buff Hello (Buffum) in the $100,000 Nursery. Former Northview stallion Dance With Ravens sired Classic-winning New Jersey-bred Prendimi.
It was Great Notion’s 12th consecutive year with a winner (or winners) and he increased his lead among living sires to 18, ranking third on the list of leading Maryland Million sires. Northview’s longtime leading sire, the late Not For Love, had another winner (No More Talk in the Starter Handicap) and holds the record with 37 Maryland Million wins, followed by Country Life’s late Allen’s Prospect in second with 22.
Legacy Stallions at Roland Farm’s Street Magician is the sire of this year’s Turf winner Somekindofmagician; Bonita Farm’s former stallion Etched sired Distaff Starter winner Calypso Ghost, and former Country Life Farm stallion Freedom Child was represented by Turf Distaff Starter winner Millie Child.
Maryland-bred stakes winners on Maryland Million Day:
Air Token - $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint
Buff My Boots - $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie
Epic Idea - $100,000 Maryland Million Ladies
Hello Beautiful - $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff
Somekindofmagician - $100,0000 Maryland Million Turf
Grateful Bred - $75,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint
B Determined - $50,000 Maryland Million Turf Starter Handicap
Millie Child - $50,000 Maryland Million Turf Distaff Starter Handicap
Calypso Ghost - $40,000 Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap
No More Talk - $40,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap