Maryland Million Sprint Handicap

Maryland Million Sprint Handicap
Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Maryland Million Sprint Handicap
Location Laurel Park Racecourse, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland, United States United States

Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland United States

Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 3/4 miles (6 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse $150,000

Maryland Million Sprint Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in October since 1986 primarily at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland or at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. To be eligible for the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. Due to that restriction the race is classified as a non-graded or "listed" stakes race and is not eligible for grading by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

The race is part of Maryland Million Day, a 12-race program held in mid October that was the creation of renowned television sports journalist Jim McKay. The "Maryland Million" is the first State-Bred showcase event ever created. Since 1986, 27 other events in 20 states have imitaded the showcase and it's structure.[1]

In 1986 the race was called the First National Bank of Maryland Sprint Handicap. In 1987 and 1988 the race was called the Jiffy Lube Sprint Handicap. In 1989 therace was sponsored by the state Department of Tourism and was called the State of Maryland Sprint Handicap. From 1990 to 1993 the race was called the U.S. Air Maryland Sprint Handicap. In 1994-1995 the race was called the B.W.I. Airport Maryland Sprint Handicap. In 2003 the race was called the Susquehanna Bank Maryland Sprint Handicap and in 2007 the race was called the Fasi-Tipton Sprint Handicap. The race currently offers a purse of $150,000.

In its 24th running in 2009, the race is restricted to those horses who were sired by a stallion who stands in the state of Maryland. Both the entrant horse and their stallion must be nominated to the Maryland Million program.



Most wins:

  • no multiple winners of the Maryland Million Spint Handicap

Speed record:

  • 1:08.56 - McKendree (2000)

Most wins by an owner:

  • no multiple winners of the Maryland Million Spint Handicap

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - Mario Pino (2002, 1996 and 1991)
  • 3 - Ramon Dominguez (2009, 2007 and 2003)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Richard Dutrow (1998, 1988 and 1986)

Winners of the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap

2011 Sloane Ranger 5 Horacio Karamanos Martin E. Ciresa Vicki Schowe 6 fur. 1:10.15 $100,000
2010 Jack On The Rocks 5 Sheldon Russell Gary Gullo Funky Munky Stable, LLC 6 fur. 1:09.85 $100,000
2009 Roaring Lion 5 Ramon Dominguez Bruce Levine Repole Stable 6 fur. 1:08.68 $100,000
2008 Celtic Innis 6 C. Gibbs Timothy L. Keefe E. Allen Murray, Jr. 6 fur. 1:10.81 $150,000
2007 Grand Champion 4 Ramon Dominguez James A. Jerkens Susan and John Moore 6 fur. 1:10.27 $150,000
2006 Irontron 6 Jeremy Rose Scott Lake Trade Winds Stable 6 fur. 1:09.54 $150,000
2005 Saay Mi Name 5 Chris VanHassel Wayne Bailey Wayne Bailey 6 fur. 1:10.68 $150,000
2004 My Poker Player 4 Ryan Fogelsonger Bruce N. Levine Roddy Valente 6 fur. 1:10.13 $100,000
2003 Michael's Pride 6 Ramon Dominguez Howard E. Wolfendale Edward E. Turner 6 fur. 1:24.11 $100,000
2002 Deer Run 3 Mario Pino Christpoher W. Grove William R. Harris 6 fur. 1:10.47 $100,000
2001 Jorgie Stover 3 Michael McCarthy John V. Alecci P & J Stable 6 fur. 1:10.47 $100,000
2000 McKendree 4 Mark Johnston Scott A. Lake E & G Stables 6 fur. 1:08.56 $100,000
1999 Aristotle 3 Michael McCarthy Louis Albertrani Paraneck Stable 6 fur. 1:09.40 $100,000
1998 Greenspring Willy 3 Larry Reynolds Richard Dutrow Post Time 96 6 fur. 1:10.20 $100,000
1997 Aberfoyle 5 Mark Johnston John J. Lenzini C. Frank Hopkins 6 fur. 1:10.60 $100,000
1996 Punch Line 6 Mario Pino William H. Turner, Jr. Althea Richards 6 fur. 1:09.80 $100,000
1995 Foxie G 4 Edgar Prado Dale Capuano Phillip Capuano 6 fur. 1:09.40 $100,000
1994 Prenup 3 Jose Santos Mark Hennig Edward P. Evans 6 fur. 1:09.00 $100,000
1993 Military Look 3 Kent Desormeaux Charles Hadry Stuart S. Janney, III 6 fur. 1:09.40 $100,000
1992 Charlie You Know 4 Steve Hamilton Wallace Neilson Joseph C. Perry 6 fur. 1:10.60 $100,000
1991 Smart Alec 3 Mario Pino Richard W. Delp Mrs. W. F. L. Tutle 6 fur. 1:10.80 $100,000
1990 Jeweler's Choice 5 Craig Perret John W. Hicks, III G. A. Huguely 6 fur. 1:09.80 $100,000
1989 Deputy Shaw 4 Jose C. Ferrer David Monaci Ron Davis 6 fur. 1:09.20 $100,000
1988 King's Nest 3 Chris McCarron Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Sondra Bender 6 fur. 1:10.20 $100,000
1987 Cool Joe 5 Vincent Bracciale, Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Country Roads 6 fur. 1:11.40 $100,000
1986 King's Swan 6 Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Moshe Asher Stable 6 fur. 1:11.00 $100,000

See also


  1. ^ Maryland Million 2008, October 4, Laurel Park, Official Souvenir Guide for 23rd Running, page 4 and 5.

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