Maryland Million 2022 results roundup
We’ll keep up with the Maryland Million races and results here as the day goes on, following later with detailed stories.
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MARYLAND MILLION TURF SPRINT
Heavy favorite Grateful Bred didn’t fire at all. That opened the door to Sky’s Not Falling, and the four-year-old Seville gelding took full advantage. Under jockey Paco Lopez — picking up the mount after Friday’s injury of Victor Carrasco — Sky’s Not Falling stalked the pace, took over in mid-stretch, and held on to late to win by a half-length in 1:02.75 for 5 1/2 furlongs. Rock the Boat rallied into second, while 30-1 outsider Showtime Cat was third.
MARYLAND MILLION NURSERY
In a race that seemed on paper to have plenty of speed, it was Johnyz From Albany who had the most. The two-year-old Blofeld gelding went right to the front and drew away to a flashy five-length score in 1:11.35 for six furlongs on a fast main track. With Jorge Ruiz up, Johnyz From Albany registered his first stakes win in his fourth career outing. Heldish was second, and post time favorite Wildhunch finished third.
Johnyz From Albany file
Johnyz From Albany: 2yo gelding by Blofeld out of Monster Sleeping, by Oratory. Trained by Dale Capuano for owner-breeder Chip Reed… First stakes win for Johnyz From Albany and for his sire Blofeld… Johnzy From Albanay now has two wins in four starts with purse earnings of $109,510… Johnyz From Albany paid $10.20 to win…
MARYLAND MILLION LADIES
Coconut Cake, author of numerous good races but few wins, entered the grassy Ladies winless in 2021 and 2022 — 14 starts in all. The bettors didn’t mind, though, making her the even-money favorite, and they proved prescient. Under jockey Sheldon Russell, who picked up the mount from an injured Kevin Gomez, Coconut Cake, mid-pack early, rallied outside to wear down longtime leader Double Fireball for a narrow victory. It was her first stakes win and pushed her career bankroll to more than $275,000 in 21 career outings.
Coconut Cake file
Coconut Cake: 5yo mare by Bandbox out of English Muffin, by English Channel. Trained by Tim Keefe for N R S Stable, James Chambers, and Tim Keefe. Bred in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes… Coconut Cake paid $4.40 to win… First win for Coconut Cake since December 30, 2020. Since, she had placed in five stakes among 14 winless outings… Sixth Maryland Million win for trainer Keefe, first since Eighttofasttocatch in 2014…
MARYLAND MILLION DISTAFF
It wasn’t easy, but in the end there was too much Fille d’Esprit. The onetime $10,000 claimer who entered the Distaff with three stakes wins already to her name this season stalked the pace before finding a seam at the head of the lane and going on to wear down a very game Malibu Beauty as the two classiest distaffers in the field ran one-two. With regular pilot Xavier Perez up, Fille d’Esprit earned the 11th win of her 22-race career and pushed her earnings past the half-million dollar mark…
Fille d’Esprit file
Fille d’Esprit: 6yo mare by Great Notion out of Sweet Valor, by No Armistice. Trained by John Robb for C J I Phoenix Group and No Guts and No Glory Farm (John Robb and Gina Robb). Bred in Maryland by Sweet Spirits Stables LLC… Claimed in August 2020 for $10,000… Ninth career Maryland Million win for trainer Robb… Great Notion the third leading Maryland Million sire with 22 winners entering the day….
MARYLAND MILLION LASSIE
Bosserati led, Skylar’s Sister chased, but in the end it was Chickieness over the top for a rallying score in the six-furlong Lassie for two-year-old fillies. Chickieness, second in two straight to the undefeated Bound By Destiny, paid $3.80 to win as a strong favorite under trainer Jamie Ness’s go-to rider, Jaime Rodriguez. Skylar’s Sister, a turf winner before two middling dirt efforts in Delaware stakes, edged Bosserati for second, while Cynergy’s Electra was along late for fourth.
Chickieness: 2yo filly by Blofeld out of Chickaletta, by Harlan’s Holiday. Trained by Jamie Ness for Morris Kernan and Jagger Inc. and bred in Maryland by Jagger Inc… Chickieness has run one-two in all five of her starts, including two wins… The win was her first in stakes company and sire Blofeld’s second of the day… Chickieness’ maiden score gave her rider that day, Skylar Zaplitny, the first win of her career…
MARYLAND MILLION TURF
Wicked Prankster just raced last Sunday, but no worries: under jockey Richard Monterrey, Wicked Prankster went to the front early, set manageable fractions, and fended off the latecomers to win the Turf by three parts of a length in 1:49.44 for 1 1/8 miles on firm grass. Wicked Prankster, off for three months prior to his October 16 start, held off Street Copper for the win; Street Copper third in this event a year ago, is a half-brother to Maryland Million Turf Sprint winner Sky’s Not Falling. Crabs N Beer was third, while post time choice Midnight Hauler finished fifth.
Wicked Prankster file
Wicked Prankster: 4yo Mosler gelding out of Broken Trust Fund, by Broken Vow.. Trained by Samuel Davis for himself and bred in Maryland by Country Life Farm and Broken Trust Fund LLC. First Maryland Million winner for trainer Davis… He acquired Wicked Prankster via the claimbox, paying $25,000 to purchase him out of a runner-up debut… Wicked Prankster has four wins, three this year, and over $218,000 in earnings from 24 career starts…. Jockey Richard Monterrey earned his third Maryland Million win and first since 2013 with It’s a Bang…