The 32nd annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, one of the most important days for horse racing in the state, will be held at Laurel Park Oct. 21 and will feature 11 stakes races.
Fans can begin getting ready for the big day starting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 by watching the post-position draw for the races via a live video stream that will be available on Facebook, Twitter and at LaurelPark.com.
Those who view the draw on Facebook may wind up being winners without even having to place a wager. Fans who choose to view the livestream on Facebook will be eligible to win an Apple iPad Mini. Fans can simply click the post on Laurel's Facebook page to register and watch the live coverage. Winners will be randomly selected.
As part of the post-position telecast, Maryland Jockey Club hosts and racing analysts Stan Salter and Tim Tullock, along with track announcer Dave Rodman and Acacia Courtney, will handicap the races and talk to owners, trainers and jockeys participating in the Maryland Million.
On race day, the first race post is 12:15 p.m. Among the horses nominated for the 11 races are six defending champions and 10 past winners. The headliner is Admirals War Chest, the two-time defending champion of the Maryland Million Classic. Another win for Admirals War Chest would make history -- no horse has won the Maryland Million Classic three years in a row, although Eighttofasttocatch won the race three times during a four-year stretch (2011, 2013-2014).
The Classic, over 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and up, is the richest race on the Maryland Million program at $150,000. Flash McCaul, who was fifth in 2016, is the only horse other than Admirals War Chest from last year's race to pre-enter, but the Classic has also attracted multiple stakes winners, including John Jones, fourth in a six-furlong turf sprint at Belmont Park Oct. 5.
Maryland Million Day will offer total purses of $1.02 million. The races are primarily for Maryland-sired horses.