Maryland Million Day

  • Location: Laurel Park
  • Address: Rt 198 & Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, MD 20725
  • Dates: October 23, 2021

What is the Maryland Million?

The Maryland Million is a one-day stakes program offering purses totaling $1 million, restricted to the progeny of nominated stallions standing in the state.

Where is the Maryland Million?

Maryland Million Day is run at either Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland, or Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

When is Maryland Million Day?

Maryland Million Day is held in the fall of the year, depending on the racing dates allocated to the host rack.

What races are run on Maryland Million Day?

Detailed conditions may vary from year to year, check the pre-entry book for current race conditions.

How will purses be distributed?

Purse distribution for Maryland Million Day races shall be as follows: first 55%; second 20%; third 10%; fourth 5%; fifth 3%; and sixth 2%. No owner bonuses are paid on Maryland Million Day.

What about additional races during the year for eligible horses?

The Maryland Million may run other races throughout the year for eligible horses. Call the Maryland Million office for details.

Are Maryland Million Day races restricted?

Yes, these races are restricted to the progeny of nominated stallions standing in the state. Check eligibility here.

Does the horse have to be a registered Maryland-bred?

No. Any horse that was conceived in Maryland and is by a nominated sire is eligible to be nominated to the Maryland Million program until December 31 of its yearling year.

How do I know if a horse is eligible to be nominated to the Maryland Million?

If the horse was conceived in Maryland and is by a nominated stallion, the horse is eligible for certification. Check eligibility here.

How are foals nominated?

Beginning in 2009, there is no nomination fee for eligible foals. 

Are there foal nominator awards?

Through 2008 foals, an amount equal to 5% of the purse for each race will be paid to the original foal nominators. The nominator awards will be 2% of the purse to first, 1.5% to second, 1% to third and 0.5% to fourth in each race. Foals born in 2009 or later receive no nominator awards.

How are stallions nominated?

Nominations for each breeding season close December 31 of the year preceding that breeding season. Stallions that enter stud in Maryland after the closing date may, at the discretion of Maryland Million Ltd., be permitted to be nominated.

Do stallions have to be nominated every year?

Yes. A stallion must be nominated for each breeding season in order to make his foals conceived in that season eligible for nomination to the Maryland Million program.

Are there stallion nominator awards?

Five percent of the day's gross purses may be paid in the form of stallion nominator awards. Maryland Million stallion nominator awards will be paid to the owner indicated on the stallion nominator form when progeny from the nominated year are one of the top four Maryland Million-eligible finishers in any Maryland Million restricted or premium race. The stallion nominator awards are independent of any other Maryland stallion award program.

What if an eligible stallion is not nominated in time?

Unless stallions standing in Maryland are duly nominated for a breeding season, their progeny for that breeding season will not be eligible for nomination to the Maryland Million program.

Where can stallion nomination forms be obtained?

You can nominate a stallion online, or download the form here

Maryland Million Day