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The Maryland racing industry will be in the spotlight this Saturday, when Laurel Park hosts the 36th Jim McKay Maryland Million card. The 12-race slate features a plethora of stakes races, restricted to horses sired by a stallion standing in Maryland.

Having already won the Aug. 22 Dance Smartly Stakes, a Grade 2 race going 1 1/4 miles on the Woodbine turf, Mutamakina used similar pace-stalking tactics to capture the $600,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at the same course and distance Oct. 17.

Breeders’ Cup is offering a limited number of General Admission tickets for the 2021 World Championships at Del Mar that will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT. This year’s prestigious international event returns to the iconic Southern California racing venue for the second time in its history on Nov. 5 and 6.

Trainer Neil Pessin does not need more than a couple of minutes to spot a yearling with potential – as well as one with flaws.

As the son of noted veterinarian Arnold G. Pessin, he grew up surrounded by horses. His father made an indelible mark on racing in his own state by building the Kentucky Training Center as well as Dueling Grounds, now known as Kentucky Downs.

Patiently handled by her connections and in top form Oct. 16, Shantisara drew off to a record-setting five-length victory in the $500,000 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes Presented by Dixiana at Keeneland.

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