A racing card featuring purses worth a total of $1 million is being studied by the Maryland breeders, according to trainer-breeder J. William Boniface, the originator of the state's version of last year's inaugural Breeders Cup races at Hollywood Park.
If approved, the card would be staged at Laurel Race Course in September.
The seven races at Hollywood Park were worth from $1 million to $3 million per race, for a total of $10 million. In Maryland, with participants limited to offspring of stallions standing in Maryland, the range of purses would be $50,000 to $250,000.
The proposed Maryland version of the Breeders Cup has several powerful sponsors in the state: Charles (Chick) Lang, general manager of Pimlico Race Course, and breeders Jim Lewis, Jim McKay, Kim Firestone, Robert Manfuso and Frank Favazza.
Frank DeFrancis, owner of Laurel, said yesterday, "I'm anxious to see what Windfields Farm does with this. If that powerful outfit chooses to participate on a large scale, this definitely could be like the Breeders Cup, a huge success."
A record carryover pool of $59,891.60 developed yesterday at Laurel when there was no winner of the Pick Six pool. Today's Pick Six may be worth more than $150,000.