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Sunlight Scores in Magic Millions 2YO Classic - BloodHorse


In just his fourth start since transferring to his barn, De La Cerda had jockey Emisael Jaramillo send him right to the lead in Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. It was a strategy that paid off in his previous start with a win and, with the help of a bobble in the stretch by favorite Mr. Jordan, Jay’s Way was able to lurch ahead to post a half-length victory.

Jay’s Way broke on top of the small six-horse Classic field and led them out to a sensible half-mile in 47.50 seconds. In the final turn, Jay’s Way was challenged by Richard the Great with Mr. Jordan three wide.

Richard the Great backed out at the head of the stretch as Mr. Jordan swept wide for the lead but would drift inside the 3/16th pole. That put Jay’s Way on even terms and he would mount a late surge to win the 1 1/8-mile race in a time of 1:50.12. Catholic Cowboy finished a distant third.

After the race, De La Cerda said that he felt the horse was coming into his own in his third start since he took over his training, an allowance race win in December in which Jaramillo put him on the lead.

“I told Jaramillo to try and go in front again because that is the way he likes it,” De La Cerda said. “I know it was a mile and an eighth, but he’s been galloping 2 miles so I knew he wouldn’t be tired from the distance. Everything worked out.”

The Classic was one of four stakes on the Sunshine Millions card. In the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, it was Galleon Mast outdueling Our Way at the wire to capture the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:40.68.

Maryland Million Classic is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in October since 1986 primarily at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel , Maryland or at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore . To be eligible for the Maryland Million Classic, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. Due to that restriction the race is classified as a non-graded or "listed" stakes race and is not eligible for grading by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

The race is part of Maryland Million Day , an 11-race program held in mid October that was the creation of renowned television sports journalist Jim McKay . The "Maryland Million" is the first State-Bred showcase event ever created. Since 1986, 27 other events in 20 states have imitated the showcase and its structure. [1]

From its inception in 1986 through 1992, the race was run on dirt at a distance of one mile. From 1993 though 2008, it has been a ​ 1   3 ⁄ 16 mile competition. Since 2009, it has been a ​ 1   1 ⁄ 8 mile event and currently offers a purse of $150,000. In addition to the prize money, the winning owner receives a Maryland Million Waterford Crystal bowl.

In its 30th running in 2015, the race was restricted to those horses who were sired by a stallion who stands in the state of Maryland. Both the entrant horse and their stallion had to be nominated to the Maryland Million program.

The race itself has had many titles since 1986 due in large part to the aggressive marketing efforts of Maryland Million Limited, the series corporate founder. In its first seven years, from 1986 through 1992, the race was called the "Budweiser Maryland Million Classic." From 1993 through 1996 the race was known as the "First National Bank of Maryland Classic." From 1997 through 2004 the race was known as the "Cosamin DS Maryland Classic."

In just his fourth start since transferring to his barn, De La Cerda had jockey Emisael Jaramillo send him right to the lead in Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. It was a strategy that paid off in his previous start with a win and, with the help of a bobble in the stretch by favorite Mr. Jordan, Jay’s Way was able to lurch ahead to post a half-length victory.

Jay’s Way broke on top of the small six-horse Classic field and led them out to a sensible half-mile in 47.50 seconds. In the final turn, Jay’s Way was challenged by Richard the Great with Mr. Jordan three wide.

Richard the Great backed out at the head of the stretch as Mr. Jordan swept wide for the lead but would drift inside the 3/16th pole. That put Jay’s Way on even terms and he would mount a late surge to win the 1 1/8-mile race in a time of 1:50.12. Catholic Cowboy finished a distant third.

After the race, De La Cerda said that he felt the horse was coming into his own in his third start since he took over his training, an allowance race win in December in which Jaramillo put him on the lead.

“I told Jaramillo to try and go in front again because that is the way he likes it,” De La Cerda said. “I know it was a mile and an eighth, but he’s been galloping 2 miles so I knew he wouldn’t be tired from the distance. Everything worked out.”

The Classic was one of four stakes on the Sunshine Millions card. In the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, it was Galleon Mast outdueling Our Way at the wire to capture the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:40.68.

In just his fourth start since transferring to his barn, De La Cerda had jockey Emisael Jaramillo send him right to the lead in Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. It was a strategy that paid off in his previous start with a win and, with the help of a bobble in the stretch by favorite Mr. Jordan, Jay’s Way was able to lurch ahead to post a half-length victory.

Jay’s Way broke on top of the small six-horse Classic field and led them out to a sensible half-mile in 47.50 seconds. In the final turn, Jay’s Way was challenged by Richard the Great with Mr. Jordan three wide.

Richard the Great backed out at the head of the stretch as Mr. Jordan swept wide for the lead but would drift inside the 3/16th pole. That put Jay’s Way on even terms and he would mount a late surge to win the 1 1/8-mile race in a time of 1:50.12. Catholic Cowboy finished a distant third.

After the race, De La Cerda said that he felt the horse was coming into his own in his third start since he took over his training, an allowance race win in December in which Jaramillo put him on the lead.

“I told Jaramillo to try and go in front again because that is the way he likes it,” De La Cerda said. “I know it was a mile and an eighth, but he’s been galloping 2 miles so I knew he wouldn’t be tired from the distance. Everything worked out.”

The Classic was one of four stakes on the Sunshine Millions card. In the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, it was Galleon Mast outdueling Our Way at the wire to capture the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:40.68.

Maryland Million Classic is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in October since 1986 primarily at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel , Maryland or at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore . To be eligible for the Maryland Million Classic, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. Due to that restriction the race is classified as a non-graded or "listed" stakes race and is not eligible for grading by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

The race is part of Maryland Million Day , an 11-race program held in mid October that was the creation of renowned television sports journalist Jim McKay . The "Maryland Million" is the first State-Bred showcase event ever created. Since 1986, 27 other events in 20 states have imitated the showcase and its structure. [1]

From its inception in 1986 through 1992, the race was run on dirt at a distance of one mile. From 1993 though 2008, it has been a ​ 1   3 ⁄ 16 mile competition. Since 2009, it has been a ​ 1   1 ⁄ 8 mile event and currently offers a purse of $150,000. In addition to the prize money, the winning owner receives a Maryland Million Waterford Crystal bowl.

In its 30th running in 2015, the race was restricted to those horses who were sired by a stallion who stands in the state of Maryland. Both the entrant horse and their stallion had to be nominated to the Maryland Million program.

The race itself has had many titles since 1986 due in large part to the aggressive marketing efforts of Maryland Million Limited, the series corporate founder. In its first seven years, from 1986 through 1992, the race was called the "Budweiser Maryland Million Classic." From 1993 through 1996 the race was known as the "First National Bank of Maryland Classic." From 1997 through 2004 the race was known as the "Cosamin DS Maryland Classic."

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