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.
"Donald Barr and his staff really deserve a lot of credit for bringing this horse along after racing nine days ago," Monterrey said. "He broke very sharp out of the gate and my job was to get him to relax and be as comfortable as possible. At the top of the stretch, it was time to go. My horse drew away and I had plenty left at the finish."
Race 2 – Maryland Million Lassie – Six Furlongs – Winner: Jonesin for Jerry (1:11.04)
Jonesin for Jerry was the morning line favorite in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie for 2-year-old fillies, but the experienced racer got everything she could handle early on. Weekends for Love led the backstretch, but Jonesin for Jerry took the lead and won by 5-1/2 lengths. She carried Abel Castellano and earned trainer Jerry Robb his seventh victory at Maryland Million, which tied him for fourth-place on the event’s all-time win list.
"She was pretty wound up in the paddock and I was pretty worried,” Robb said. “I was really worried when she was coming down the backstretch because she doesn’t like to be rated. She threw her head up but the jockey did a great job settling her."
Race 3 – Apple Ford Maryland Million Maiden – 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) – Winner: Mavourneen (1:47.11)
Mavourneen, trained and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Voss, won the $50,000 Maryland Maiden for 3-years-and-older fillies and mares. Very Few Details finished second and Dorchester County finished third. Mavourneen carried Horacio Karamanos.
Race 4 – Maryland Million Sprint – Six Furlongs – Winner: Ribo Bobo (1:08.64)
Mr. Amore Stable’s Ribo Bobo led the way over Action Andy, Fersmiley and Mass Destruction in the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint. The 5-year-old has nine straight wins this year in races spanning Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Ben’s Cat was an early scratch after trainer/owner King Leatherbury decided on Friday to take the favorite out of the sprint. After Pitch N Roll also withdrew, there were only four horses left for the sprint.
“I was just trying to slow him down a bit,” said Julian Pimentel, Ribo Bobo’s jockey. “I didn’t have to do much, just keep him in as he came around the final turn because he was going so fast and running so easily. He is remarkable, winning so many in a row.”
Race 5 – Maryland Horse Industry Board Maryland Million Maiden – 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) – Winner: Love Me Du (1:47.91)
Love Me Du trailed after taking a deep first turn, but drifted in at the eighth pole and held up to carry Carlos Marquez Jr. across the finish of the $50,000 Maryland Horse Industry Board MM Maiden. Star Crossed Lover, with a 12-1 line, finished second and had a chance for the win, but briefly lost her left iron while leaving the backstretch. Richard F. Blue, Jr.’s Scrapple finished third.
Race 6 – Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap – 1 Mile – Winner: Vianney Lane (1:39.16)
Vianney Lane, claimed recently by trainer Ben Feliciano Jr., gave immediate return by pulling ahead of the competition at the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap. The 5-year-old carried Julian Pimentel, who earned his second victory of the day after earlier winning the Maryland Million Sprint. Two longshots, Centripetal Motion and Touring Hong Kong, finished second and third, respectively.
"I’ve been watching this horse a long time,” said Cindy Miccio, Vianney Lane’s co-owner. “I love this filly. She’s very versatile. She can win on grass, dirt and all weather surfaces.”
Race 7 – Special Olympics Maryland MM Ladies – 1 1/8 Mile – Winner: Monster Sleeping (1:53.54)
Charles J. Reed’s Monster Sleeping led the way during the $125,000 Maryland Millions Ladies on the turf, giving trainer Dale Capuano his 10th career win at Maryland Million, which tied King Leatherbury’s trainer record. The filly carried Jose Garcia while winning the race by two lengths, as defending champion Pagan Priestess trailed in third.
“We had been preparing for this race quite a while,” Capuano said. “She usually breaks well and today she broke sharp and raced like we hoped she would. We put a lot of time and effort into getting her ready and it paid off today.”