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By John Scheinman, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2012
With a sizable106 horses signed up to run in its 11 races, the 27th Jim McKay Maryland Million on Saturday at Laurel Park dodged a bullet considering the decline in the state's foal crop the past several years. Racing not only suffered in Maryland in the face of competition from neighboring states that fueled their programs with funds from alternative gaming such as slots and table games. The breeding industry did, as well. The Maryland Million, the second biggest day on the state racing calendar after the Preakness Stakes, spotlights race horses sired by stallions that stand in the state.
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Sports Digest | October 11, 2014
Laurel Park Ben's Cat could be first to win 4 Md. Million races Ben's Cat has a chance next Saturday at Laurel Park to become the first horse to win Jim McKay Maryland Million races in four different years. After victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the Turf Sprint, the King Leatherbury homebred finished second in the Turf a year ago after the Turf Sprint was eliminated. Leatherbury has cross-entered his star in the Sprint and Turf. The 8-year-old has won 27 of 43 starts, with earnings of $2,175,990.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
If Regal Solo, a 6-year-old gelding, wins the Maryland Million Sprint Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park, he would become the first horse to win three different Million races. "He's versatile," his trainer Damon Dilodovico said Wednesday. "He's push-button when his feet are good. And I've always thought he was better at short distances than long. " In 2007 the son of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze won the Million Nursery for 2-year-olds over 6-furlongs. Last year, he won the 1 1/8 th -mile Million Classic.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The Maryland winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday. The winner bought one of two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The person claimed the ticket last week, lottery officials said, but their identity will not be revealed. Maryland is one of six states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
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October 9, 1993
RACE 1: MARYLAND MILLION HANDICAP Gayquare has been a different racehorse since his return after a long time on the shelf. He hasn't been worse than second in five starts while compiling three victories. Blue Highways left Pimlico on a high note by eking out a neck victory in a very game effort. Can easily handle the mile and one-eighth opener. Asserche's latest score came over the Pimlico turf course at a mile and a half.Pickering's pick: Gayquare. Upset threat: Have You Testified.Ross Peddicord's pick: Gayquare.
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Sports Digest | September 28, 2011
Laurel Park Famed jockeys to sign during Md. Million Legendary jockeys Laffit Pincay , Pat Day , Angel Cordero , Steve Cauthen and Jean Cruguet will be at Laurel Park to sign autographs during the 26th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million festivities Saturday afternoon. The retired riders will be signing outside the Horse Wizard Room from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. after attending Schulte Sports' Charm City Heroes 2 Autograph and Collectibles Show at the Pikesville Hilton in Baltimore County.
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By LORI SEARS | October 6, 2005
If you're a fan of Maryland horseracing, you'll want to be at the Maryland Million at Laurel Park on Saturday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the racing event, which is restricted to the offspring of Maryland stallions. Racing fans will see Maryland horses compete in 12 races, with purses totaling nearly $1.5 million. In addition to watching the races, visitors can attend an autograph-signing by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, watch musical performances by the Marine Corps Marching Band and see the Maryland Million Horse Fair.
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By Ross Peddicord | January 30, 1992
The Maryland Million will be run on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Pimlico Race Course, officials of the thoroughbred horse breeders' incentive program, announced yesterday.Five of the previous six renewals of the 11-race card had been run on a Sunday, but the date was switched this year to avoid competition with pro football. It also will be a more attractive day to accommodate corporate sponsors and their guests."The Maryland Million welcomes the return to a Saturday," said Richard Wilcke, the program's executive director.
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October 9, 1998
A record 164 horses have been pre-entered for the 13th Maryland Million on Oct. 17 at Laurel Park.Maryland Million pre-entries:Lassie ($100,000)Alden Ends Well, Carny's Creek, Christy's Hero, Complete Number, Countess Linda, Duck the Punch Entry Granted, Hey How You, I Shot The Sheriff, It's Off The Wall, Mysterious Jack, Perfect Challenge, Powering Glory, Root Girl, Saratoga Friends, Silent Valay, Smart Lass, Sounds Perfect, Su Alteza, Timely Irony, Two...
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By TOM KEYSER | October 5, 2003
You'd think with Pimlico Race Course's meet closing today and racing's transfer to Laurel Park on Wednesday that everything would be hunky-dory, that everyone would be looking ahead to the Maryland Million instead of cranking their necks around to look back at Pimlico. On Saturday, the Maryland Million will take place at Laurel. It is the best and most fun day of racing anywhere. I'd like to be looking ahead, too. Why, then, did I find myself attending the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors meeting Thursday evening in Laurel?
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By Paul G. Pinsky | February 11, 2014
Maryland has long been considered among the bluest of blue states, firmly in the Democratic camp. Its recent progressive record on social justice has only further burnished that reputation: passing the Dream Act to allow in-state college tuition - and college affordability - for young immigrants, marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty and legislation to restrict gun violence. When it comes to corporate tax justice, however, Maryland has seen only red. The state has allowed many of the very largest multi-state, multi-national corporations operating here to use a tax avoidance scheme resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state corporate taxes and, sadly, placing Maryland-only businesses at a distinct competitive disadvantage.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Ben's Cat came within a neck of setting a new Maryland Million record for victories, but fell short as Ellendale Racing's Roadhog pulled ahead in a photo finish in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf. Both horses finished the one-mile course in 1:27.06. Ben's Cat trailed early, but was second going into the turn. In the final stretch,  Ben's Cat -- trained by King Leatherbury -- pulled ahead but was then outpaced by the lunging Roadhog. nfouriezos@baltsun.com twitter.com/nick4iezos
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By Nicholas Fouriezos, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
The 94-year-old owner shook hands from his wheelchair in the winner's circle at Laurel Park, pleased with his horse's performance. Arnold "Arnie" Heft had just watched Eighttofasttocatch win the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic. "Racing has been great for me. It's keeping me going right now," said Heft, who owns Eighttofasttocatch with his wife, Sylvia, and is a former co-owner of the Washington Bullets and Capitals, a longtime NBA referee and a former Orioles minor league player.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Ten races were run during the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park on Saturday. Here's a look at how they finished. Race 1 - Maryland Million Nursery - Six Furlongs - Winner: It's a Bang (1:10.48) Walter Vieser II's It's a Bang remained perfect in his young career, winning the $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery for 2-year-olds after fighting off post-time favorite Joint Custody. It was the Country Roads-bred prospect's second race, after winning his debut nine days ago. He carried Richard Monterrey and was trained by Donald Barr.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
King Leatherbury won't pretend he knew what he had in Ben's Cat. If the legendary Maryland trainer had seen the brown gelding's potential, he never would have stuck him in a $20,000 claiming race, there to be snatched by any other enterprising horseman. Ben's Cat came from an obscure stallion and a mare with a short resume. He wasn't ready to race as a 2-year-old and had to sit out his 3-year-old season with a broken pelvis. So when Leatherbury, Maryland's winningest living trainer, ran him in that first race at Pimlico, he expected little.
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Sports Digest | October 11, 2013
Indoor soccer Blast re-signs veteran captain Lookingland The Blast has re-signed team captain Mike Lookingland , the team's longest-tenured player, who returns for his eighth season. Last season, Lookingland was named the Major Indoor Soccer League's Defender of the Year. In 26 games, he finished second on the team with 35 blocked shots and tied for third with 49 points. "Having our captain and reigning defensive player of the year return is huge for our team going into what I expect to be a very challenging season," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a news release.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | September 24, 2009
Broadway Producer, at 9-5, has been established as the early-line favorite for Saturday's $200,000 Maryland Million Classic, the showcase race in the 24th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million. The 2008 Turf winner is trying to become the second horse in Maryland Million history to win the Classic the next year, joining Master Speaker who did it in 1988-1989. Broadway Producer, trained by John Terranova, hasn't tasted victory this year. But he'll be ridden by jockey Ramon Dominguez, the nation's leading rider this year with more than $13 million in earnings.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
I wrote a story for Saturday's paper on how the Big Ten privately agreed to subsidize Maryland's anticipated team travel costs to the tune of $20 million to $30 million. Here is the link . Maryland is scheduled to join the conference in July 2014. It anticipates its travel budget will approximately double from what it is today. There is another issue related to travel. It's how you make sure athletes on more extended road trips can avoid missing too many classes and keep up with their studies.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
Joseph B. Kelly, the dean of Maryland turf writers and nationally known thoroughbred historian who also had been the longtime racing editor of the old Washington Star, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Charles Village resident was 94. "Joe was a walking encyclopedia on the history of the Maryland horse racing industry. He was the embodiment of the Selima Room, the Woodward Collection and the Bel Air Museum and Stable all wrapped up into one," said Ross Peddicord, former Baltimore Sun racing writer who is executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
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