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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
The Boniface family of Bonita Farm in Darlington has been through a lot this year. Benjamin Boniface, 20, died when he lost control of his pickup truck on the private farm lane early one morning in June after "he failed to negotiate a curve," according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. And Deputed Testamony, their home-bred who was the oldest living Triple Crown race winner and the last Maryland-bred horse to win the Preakness, passed away at age 32 in September. But the Boniface family, like their horses, is made of hardy stock.
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By John Scheinman, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 6, 2012
There was no surprise and little wonder for trainer King Leatherbury, when his nearly machine-like 6-year-old gelding Ben's Cat won yet again Saturday on Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park. Victory has become expected. At age 79, with 6,349 career victories - third all-time in racing history - Leatherbury has pretty much seen it all in 53 years of training. Yet, of the thousands of horses that have passed through his barn over the years, none has been able to get it done like Ben's Cat. Bred by Leatherbury, Ben's Cat didn't even race as a 2-year-old because of a broken pelvis, but he has produced almost nothing but trips to the winner's circle since his career began three years ago. Under jockey Julien Pimentel, the dark brown speedster, sired by an obscure stallion named Parker's Storm Cat, raced in third place off dueling long shots Boltin' Out and Steady Warrior in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint, took control at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge from Heros Reward to win by three-quarters of a length.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 14, 2007
The Maryland Million Day races are said to be for the little guy in Maryland racing. Yesterday, the $300,000 Classic was also for the little-known racehorse. Evil Storm, an 11-to-1 long shot, saved ground along the rail early and then swung four-wide at the top of the stretch to overtake race favorite Five Steps and win by three lengths. "We've been pointing to this race for a long time," owner and trainer Michael Gorham said via cell phone. "He ran the race last year and finished third while having a troubled trip.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
The Boniface family of Bonita Farm in Darlington has been through a lot this year. Benjamin Boniface, 20, died when he lost control of his pickup truck on the private farm lane early one morning in June after "he failed to negotiate a curve," according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. And Deputed Testamony, their home-bred who was the oldest living Triple Crown race winner and the last Maryland-bred horse to win the Preakness, passed away at age 32 in September. But the Boniface family, like their horses, is made of hardy stock.
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Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Trainer King Leatherbury didn't expect much from Ben's Cat. The horse had suffered a broken pelvis as a 2-year-old and spent nearly a year getting better in his stall. He didn't run at all at ages 2 or 3, so when he was finally ready to hit the racetrack as a 4-year-old no one expected much. Leatherbury entered him in a $20,000 claiming race. The horse won. Leatherbury entered him in a $25,000 claiming race and the horse won again. And no one claimed him. "Each time he ran, he got better," Leatherbury said.
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By James H. Jackson | July 31, 1992
LAUREL -- Pimlico Race Course will have six stakes races in addition to Maryland Million Day when it resumes live racing Sept. 10 through Oct. 7.Maryland Million Day, a day of stakes races, will be Sept. 26. The Queen Empress, a $50,000 one-mile turf test for 2-year-old fillies, will be run opening day, Sept. 10.Other stakes races will be the $100,000 Columbia, Sept. 12; the $50,000 Vanlandingham, Sept. 13; the $50,000 Damascus Handicap, Sept. 19; the $40,000 Clever Foot, Sept. 27; and the $40,000 Park Heights Handicap, Oct. 3.
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October 9, 2005
1986: Maryland Million Day The first Maryland Million Day was held at Laurel Race Course on Oct. 18, 1986, with 110 horses sired by Maryland stallions entered in nine races. More than 20,000 fans attended and bet more than $2.65 million. The purses totaled $1 million, and the richest race of the day, the $200,000 Maryland Classic, was won by Herat, a son of Northern Dancer. The Maryland Million was the brainchild of ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who patterned it after the Breeders Cup series.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | October 12, 2006
It was a year in 3D for the Maryland racing industry. Unfortunately for horsemen, however, those D's were disappointment, death and devastation. Disappointment: Another General Assembly came and went with no slots legislation to help boost the state's tracks. Maryland Million Day Saturday, 12:35 p.m., Laurel Park TV: Ch. 54, 4 p.m.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 13, 2006
CHESAPEAKE CITY -- Behind the black wooden fences that spread as far as the eye can see under a painterly sky, stallions Two Punch and Not For Love graze contentedly in their paddocks. They are the two top dogs on land where Northern Dancer, one of racing's greatest sires, once held court. They are also the top two sires in the region and the top two active sires of Maryland Million Day winners. Maryland Million Day Tomorrow, 12:35 p.m., Laurel Park TV: Ch. 54, 4 p.m. State stallions, Leading Maryland stallions, followed by their current status and the number of offspring who have won Maryland Million Day races: Horse Status Winners Allen's Prospect Deceased 19 Deputed Testamony Retired 11 *Caveat Deceased 10 Horatius Deceased 10 *Two Punch Active 10 Citidancer Retired 8 *Not For Love Active 8 *Smarten Deceased 7 Salutely Deceased 6 Carnivalay Deceased 5 Deputy Minister Deceased 5 Norquestor Deceased 5 *Polish Numbers Deceased 5 Rollicking Deceased 5 *Waquoit Active 5 Dancing Count Deceased 4 John Alden Deceased 4 Valley Crossing Active 4 *-Northview Stallions
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October 6, 2011
Kudos to reporter Sandra McKee and The Sun's editors for several fine articles on thehorses and humans associated with last weekend's Maryland Million Day ("Eighttofasttocatch the champ," Oct. 2). It's worth pointing out, however, that The Sun generally pays scant attention to thoroughbred horse racing outside of Preakness Week. Our state's great racing tradition predates that of most others - including Kentucky's - and I'm old enough to remember when The Sun ran morning lines and race results on a daily basis.
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October 6, 2011
Kudos to reporter Sandra McKee and The Sun's editors for several fine articles on thehorses and humans associated with last weekend's Maryland Million Day ("Eighttofasttocatch the champ," Oct. 2). It's worth pointing out, however, that The Sun generally pays scant attention to thoroughbred horse racing outside of Preakness Week. Our state's great racing tradition predates that of most others - including Kentucky's - and I'm old enough to remember when The Sun ran morning lines and race results on a daily basis.
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Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Trainer King Leatherbury didn't expect much from Ben's Cat. The horse had suffered a broken pelvis as a 2-year-old and spent nearly a year getting better in his stall. He didn't run at all at ages 2 or 3, so when he was finally ready to hit the racetrack as a 4-year-old no one expected much. Leatherbury entered him in a $20,000 claiming race. The horse won. Leatherbury entered him in a $25,000 claiming race and the horse won again. And no one claimed him. "Each time he ran, he got better," Leatherbury said.
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By From Sun staff and news services | September 8, 2009
Horse racing Navarro wins six races to take Timonium title The Maryland State Fair meeting at Timonium was a coming-out party for apprentice jockey Joshua Navarro as the 17-year-old won six races on the final day's program to capture his first riding title. Former jockey Dane Kobiskie took top honors among trainers, saddling one winner on closing day and six overall to edge Scott Lake, Chris Grove and Dale Capuano, who tied for second with five winners each. Live action in Maryland shifts to Laurel Park on Saturday.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
Preakness Day might be Maryland horse racing's day in the national spotlight and certainly does the most good for the pocketbook of the state's thoroughbred industry. But Maryland Million Day, being run for the 23rd time Saturday, might do the most good for Maryland's racing pride. The card of 12 races at Laurel Park (12:15 p.m. start) is restricted to horses sired in Maryland, and, as more than one horseman put it, unlike the Preakness, it makes players out of local breeders and trainers rather than relegating them to spectators.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 14, 2007
The Maryland Million Day races are said to be for the little guy in Maryland racing. Yesterday, the $300,000 Classic was also for the little-known racehorse. Evil Storm, an 11-to-1 long shot, saved ground along the rail early and then swung four-wide at the top of the stretch to overtake race favorite Five Steps and win by three lengths. "We've been pointing to this race for a long time," owner and trainer Michael Gorham said via cell phone. "He ran the race last year and finished third while having a troubled trip.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 9, 2007
A strong 10-horse field is set to go to post in Saturday's $300,000 Maryland Million Classic, the highlight of a 12-race card celebrating Maryland stallions and their offspring. Due, the winner of the Classic in 2006, got the No. 3 post at yesterday's draw at Laurel Park. Trainer Dale Capuano said the post would suit the 6-year-old gelding sired by Rinka Das very well. "I think he drew No. 3 last year, too," Capuano said. "It was good luck for us then and we hope it will be again. But Due likes to come from behind, so the post doesn't really matter."
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | August 14, 1992
LAUREL -- Secret Ruby, which made all of the pace and appeared headed for an easy victory, broke down in mid-stretch yesterday at Laurel Race Course, and Closing Impact finished with a rush to win the featured Finder's Reward Purse.Jockey Mario Pino eased Secret Ruby, and the filly was takeaway by horse ambulance. Pino was not injured.Secret Ruby will have X-rays to determine the extent of her injury.William Moorefield, riding his second winner of the day, guided Closing Impact home in 1 minute, 55 3/5seconds and beat the place horse, Makin It Great, by six lengths.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 9, 2007
A strong 10-horse field is set to go to post in Saturday's $300,000 Maryland Million Classic, the highlight of a 12-race card celebrating Maryland stallions and their offspring. Due, the winner of the Classic in 2006, got the No. 3 post at yesterday's draw at Laurel Park. Trainer Dale Capuano said the post would suit the 6-year-old gelding sired by Rinka Das very well. "I think he drew No. 3 last year, too," Capuano said. "It was good luck for us then and we hope it will be again. But Due likes to come from behind, so the post doesn't really matter."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | October 15, 2006
Bob Haynes almost couldn't believe his eyes, as he watched his horse Due come from last place to win the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic. "People thought I was crazy, but when I claimed Due in 2004, I said, `I want to win a Maryland Million race,'" he said. "I didn't necessarily mean the Classic." But the Classic suited Due just fine. Jockey Anna "Rosie" Napravnik patiently rated her horse in last place, willing to take the dirt that was thrown in both her face and Due's. Finally, at the far turn, she moved him out four wide and took control near the eighth-pole.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | October 13, 2006
CHESAPEAKE CITY -- Behind the black wooden fences that spread as far as the eye can see under a painterly sky, stallions Two Punch and Not For Love graze contentedly in their paddocks. They are the two top dogs on land where Northern Dancer, one of racing's greatest sires, once held court. They are also the top two sires in the region and the top two active sires of Maryland Million Day winners. Maryland Million Day Tomorrow, 12:35 p.m., Laurel Park TV: Ch. 54, 4 p.m. State stallions, Leading Maryland stallions, followed by their current status and the number of offspring who have won Maryland Million Day races: Horse Status Winners Allen's Prospect Deceased 19 Deputed Testamony Retired 11 *Caveat Deceased 10 Horatius Deceased 10 *Two Punch Active 10 Citidancer Retired 8 *Not For Love Active 8 *Smarten Deceased 7 Salutely Deceased 6 Carnivalay Deceased 5 Deputy Minister Deceased 5 Norquestor Deceased 5 *Polish Numbers Deceased 5 Rollicking Deceased 5 *Waquoit Active 5 Dancing Count Deceased 4 John Alden Deceased 4 Valley Crossing Active 4 *-Northview Stallions
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