$1 million day

October 17, 1997

LAUREL PARK's most prominent day of racing, tomorrow's Maryland Million, promises to be even better this year, thanks in large measure to extra track money from uncashed parimutuel tickets that has been used to promote these special races for Maryland-sired thoroughbreds.

The advertising blitz -- and a craving for live racing after a six-week hiatus -- should bolster attendance and excitement for the prestigious event. Eight of the 11 races on the card have purses of at least $100,000. The biggest one, a mile and three-sixteenths race for three year olds and up, carries a value of $200,000.

Large fields are guaranteed, with 115 horses sired by state stallions entered in the Saturday races. What Maryland racing needs is a half-dozen more big days like the Maryland Million. That would be a worthy goal for the Glendening administration to shoot for.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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