BALTIMORE, JULY 7 -- The Maryland Million has added a $50,000 steeplechase, scheduled Sept. 12 at Fair Hill.

The 2 1/2-mile event (over National fences) for 3-year-olds and up will take place seven days before the second Maryland Million day, a nine-race program at Pimlico offering $1 million in purses to eligible Maryland-sired horses.

"We have been talking about involving steeplechasing since the beginning -- before last year," said Richard Wilcke, Maryland Million executive director. "We considered having it in the infield at Laurel Race Course, and even had National Steeplechase and Hunt {Association} people come down and walk the course. They said it would work, but there were logistical problems.

"Then, when the Breeders' Cup decided to separate the steeplechase from Breeders' Cup day, we got to thinking, 'That's something we could do.' It will be like a kickoff to Maryland Million day."

To enhance steeplechase nominations, the Million committee waived the requirement limiting entries to progeny of Maryland-based stallions. However, horses not nominated will run only for a $25,000 purse.

If enough horses enter, Wilcke said, next year the steeplechase also may be restricted to Maryland-sired horses.

The Maryland Racing Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would allow intertrack wagering between Laurel and Pimlico race tracks on an experimental basis.

According to Martin Jacobs, Pimlico's treasurer and general counsel, the measure would enable persons to wager at Laurel on races during Pimlico's fall meeting, Sept. 8 through Oct. 17.

Commission Chairman E. William Furey said it is "very highly probable" the request will be approved. As an emergency regulation, the measure then would require state approval.

The commission upheld the race tracks' request for intertrack betting on Preakness day, but a legislative board of the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation did not.

Gregg McCarron rode Chris' Holiday through an opening on the inside, then drove the dark bay gelding along the rail to a neck victory over Gala Gold Dust in today's $16,000 allowance feature at Pimlico.

McCarron had three mounts today, all victorious: Small Victories ($8) in the first race, Lucky Robin ($22.40) on the turf in the eighth and Chris' Holiday ($10.40) in the ninth. Each came from behind.

Chris' Holiday ran the six furlongs in 1:11 3/5.