A total of 47 Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired 2-year-olds were nominated to the Maryland Juvenile Filly and the Maryland Juvenile, both of which will be contested at Laurel Park on Dec. 2 at seven furlongs for a purse of $100,000 each.
20 2-year-old fillies were nominated to the Maryland Juvenile Filly, 17 of whom are Maryland-breds. The exceptions are Phabulous Phoebe and Plus Sized Courage, both Pennsylvania-breds by Bourbon Courage, and Binnie, a Virginia-bred full sister to two-time Maryland Million Distaff champion Crabcakes by Great Notion.
Four stakes-placed fillies are on the nominee list, including a pair bred by 2500 Determined Stud, owned by D Hatman Thoroughbreds, and trained by Phil Schoenthal. Determined Driver broke her maiden at Colonial Downs on Aug. 11 and was most recently second in the Timonium Juvenile against the boys on Sept. 2. Determined Sail finished third in the Kitten's Joy Stakes at Colonial Downs on Sept. 9. The Maryland Juvenile Filly would be her first start on dirt.
In addition, the second and third-place finishers from the Oct. 14 Maryland Million Lassie are nominated. Sheilahs Warcloud, bred by Dr. Megan Kerford DVM and owner/trainer Justin Nixon, was a hard-fought second as the favorite in the Lassie, losing by a neck. She's cross-nominated against males in the Maryland Juvenile. Third-place finisher Kissedbyanangel, bred by Super C Racing Inc, has since run twice, most recently winning a first-level allowance optional claiming race by 2 1/2 lengths at Laurel on Nov. 17 for owner/trainer Joanne Shankle.
Other notable nominees include Viennese Waltz, a half-sister to Cordmaker bred by Katy Voss who was second to Kissedbyanangel last out, and Wilpic, a half-sister to Malibu Beauty and a homebred for ZWP Stable Inc & Non Stop Stable who broke her maiden impressively at Delaware Park Oct. 26.
28 horses were nominated to the Maryland Juvenile, all but one of whom are Maryland-bred. The field includes the top two finishers from the Oct. 14 Maryland Million Nursery, winner Catahoula Moon, bred by Angela Coombs, and runner-up Prado Road, a homebred for Karmac Stables LLC.
Other notable nominees include Call Me Andy, bred by Barlar LLC, who has finished stakes-placed twice in Kentucky, War Master, bred by John Davison, who has won his first two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths, and Speedyness, a Jagger Inc. homebred who has won his last two races by a combined 8 3/4 lengths. He's one of three Jagger Inc. homebreds to be nominated; Little Lance and Paco the Taco Man are the other two.
Entries will be taken for both races on Sunday, Nov. 26.