Maryland Million pre-entries total 162; 4 were '01 winners


A total of 162 offspring of Maryland stallions have been pre-entered in the 10 Maryland Million races to be contested Sept. 21 at Pimlico Race Course.

Final entries for the 17th renewal of the Maryland Million will be taken and post positions drawn on Wednesday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Triple Crown Room at Pimlico. The Maryland Million, the state's second-biggest day of thoroughbred racing, features horses sired by Maryland stallions.

Four of the pre-entrants are defending champions: Sumerset in the $200,000 Classic, Elberton in the $100,000 Turf, Case of the Blues in the $100,000 Distaff Handicap and Blazing Colors in the $50,000 Starter Handicap.

Other races are the $100,000 Lassie, $100,000 Nursery, $100,000 Oaks, $100,000 Sprint, $100,000 Ladies and $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap.

A celebration of Maryland racing, the Maryland Million will also feature a horse fair with events on the track and an infield party called the Mini-Million Kid's Corral. Pimlico will give the first 5,000 patrons a Maryland Million tote bag.

The Maryland Jockey Club will honor local jockey Mario Pino after the eighth race with a presentation to be shown on WNUV-TV as part of its two-hour live coverage. On Sunday at Delaware Park, Pino became the 18th jockey in history to ride 5,000 winners.

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