2017 Maryland Million Classic winner Bonus Points. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

Think you know Maryland Million trivia? Here’s your chance to find out!

Check out our 10-question quiz below, and get seven or more right — in three minutes or less — to pass! Share your results with your friends to brag on your success (or commiserate)!

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#1 Which horse was the richest horse to win a Maryland Million race (based on career earnings)?

Awad earned more than $3.2 million in his career, including a win in the 1993 Maryland Million Turf to lead all Maryland Million earners. Ben’s Cat, a three-time Maryland Million winner, earned over $2.6 million, while Eighttofasttocatch, another three-time Million winner, ended his career with just less than $1.1 million in earnings. Cigar, who was a couple hundred bucks short of $10 million in career earnings, never won a Maryland Million race, although he was Maryland-bred.

#2 Which horse was the oldest to win a Maryland Million race?

La Reine’s Terms was 10 years old when he won the Maryland Million Turf in 2005. Trained by Larry Murray for owner Sondra Bender, La Reine’s Terms was making his first start in a year — since the 2004 Maryland Million Turf — when he won in ’05. He was a repeat winner, having also won the Turf in 2002.

#3 Maryland-breds have won 76 percent of all Maryland Million races. Which state has been the birthplace of the second-most winners?

Maryland Million runners must be Maryland-sired; they need not be Maryland-bred. Out of 339 Million races in history, Maryland-breds have won 257 of them. Pennsylvania is second with 32 winners, followed by Kentucky (15) and New Jersey and Virginia, 12 each.

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#4 The 1988 Maryland Million Lassie featured two future national Hall of Famers in Open Mind and Safely Kept. Which one won?

Neither won! Beating the two champions was Ms. Gold Pole, a daughter of North Pole. Open Mind was second, and Safely Kept came in third.

#5 At how many different distances has the Maryland Million Classic been contested?

The Classic has been run at 1 1/4 miles (from 1986 through 1992), 1 3/ 16 miles (1993 through 2008) and 1 1/8 miles (2009 to the present). The fastest 1 1/4 mile clocking came in 1988, which Mister S. M. got the distance in 2:01 3/5. The quickest 1 3/16 mile trip was that of Testing in 2000, 1:54 2/5. And the fastest 1 1/8 mile Classic was that of Sumacha’hot in 2009; he went in 1:50 1/5.

#6 Which jockey won three races on the 2017 Maryland Million card?

Nik Juarez won three times on Maryland Million day 2017, taking the Classic aboard Bonus Points, the Nursery with Clever Mind, and the Turf with Spartianos. Pimentel and Boyce won two each, and Gomez won once.

#7 Who has bred the most Maryland Million winners?

Bonita Farm has bred seven Maryland Million winners — the most of any breeder. The others all have bred six. The most recent Bonita-bred to win a Million race was Outbacker, who won a Million Starter Handicap in 2014.

#8 Of the 10 jockeys with the most Maryland Million wins, how many are in the national racing Hall of Fame?

Four of the top 10 Maryland Million jockeys by all time wins are in the Hall of Fame: Ramon Dominguez (17 wins), Edgar Prado (17), Julie Krone (8), and Kent Desormeaux (7). Prado is aboard Classic favorite Saratoga Bob in this year’s Maryland Million Classic.

#9 How many Maryland Million races did event founder Jim McKay win as an owner?

McKay won one race, with Sean’s Ferrari, named for his son. Sean’s Ferrari was a son of Salutely bred by his wife Margaret who won the 1987 Nursery.

#10 Trainer Tim Ritchey won three straight Maryland Million Classics (2001-2003) with Sumerset and Docent. Name the only other trainer to have won three in a row.

Virgil Raines won three straight from 1989-1991, with Master Speaker (’89) and Timely Warning (1990-91). Keefe won three in four years with Eighttofasttocatch (2011, 2013-2014). Caiazzo won two in a row with Admirals War Chest (2015-2016). Leatherbury’s only Classic win came in 1994, with Taking Risks.



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