The number of horses entered for the Maryland Million is down from last year, but there is still plenty of quality evident among the fields for the 12-race series a week from tomorrow at Laurel Race Course.
When preliminary entries were taken yesterday, 142 horses had been entered, nearly 30 fewer than a year ago. But two Grade I winners -- Taking Risks in the Maryland Million Classic and Prenup in the Maryland Million Sprint -- are in the lineups. In addition, Grade I-placed Mz. Zill Bear heads the field for the Maryland Million Ladies turf stakes, which she won last year.
Trainers King Leatherbury and Charlie Hadry are running the barn in the Maryland Million. Leatherbury entered nine horses, including three runners -- Taking Risks, Super Memory and Ameri Valay -- in the featured Maryland Million Classic; four horses in the Maryland Million Turf -- The Frugal King, Owned By Us, Double Feather Guy and Brilliant Patriot -- as well as two other horses, Buffels and Gibberwood, in two of the other stakes.
Hadry entered eight horses, seven of which are expected to be ridden by Mike Smith, the nation's leading jockey. Hadry's entries include Military Look, Ritchie Trail, Warning Glance, FTC Paddy's Landing, Woo And Me, Private Faith and a pair of 2-year-old fillies, Miss Kelly G. and Choo Choo Baby.
Laurel-based trainer Ron Cartwright, who won three Maryland Million races last year, entered five horses for the 1994 renewal, including Mz. Zill Bear.
In addition to Smith, who is commuting from Belmont Park for the card, another New York-based jockey, Mike Luzzi, is expected to ride on the Maryland Million program.
Maryland Million director Richard Wilcke said all of the nine major races have corporate sponsors, including two new sponsors, Diamond Comics and the Baltimore Orioles.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos has entered his filly, Georgia K., in the Maryland Million Lassie. The 2-year-old filly, who is named in honor of Angelos' wife and not Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, as previously reported, is a sister to 1993 Maryland Million Classic winner, Forry Cow How. Georgia K. won on yesterday's Pimlico card.