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Executive Director: 
Cricket Goodall
at Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd
Baltimore, MD 21204
(410) 252-2100
About Us: 

Since 1929, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) has been the leading horse industry advocate within the state of Maryland. 

The main purposes of the MHBA have always been to encourage, promote, protect and improve the horse breeding industry in Maryland.

The Maryland Bred Fund

Maryland was the first state to develop a legislated incentive program to encourage the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. The Maryland Bred Fund was created by the General Assembly in 1962. 

In order to earn breeder or owner awards, the horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA. In order to earn a stallion award, the horse must be registered as a Maryland-bred, and the sire must be registered with the MHBA, in addition to having been standing in Maryland at the time the horse was conceived.

For information on eligibility and registration, please visit, or contact Anne Frederick, 410-252-2100, ext. 114 or

Under the direction of the Maryland Racing Commission, the actual implementation of the Maryland Bred Fund, including maintaining the Maryland-bred registry and computing and distributing all bonus awards, is performed by the MHBA.

The Maryland Million

The Maryland Million is a one-day stakes program offering purses totaling $1 million, restricted to the nominated progeny of nominated stallions standing in the state. Read more at

Restricted Races: 

Maryland Pride Day – a full card for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired* horses, featuring stakes races, maiden special weight races, and “A Other Than” allowance races.

*Preference to horses 1) Maryland-bred 2) Maryland-sired

For the Restricted Stakes Schedule, visit

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes, for registered Maryland-breds. The stakes program is planned on a meet-by-meet basis and is based on projected revenues for the coming year.

Purse Supplement in Open Races: 


Owners Awards: 

30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st-3rd in all overnight races*

Maryland Million maiden special weight award program

$2,500 owner award bonus for MD Million nominated/certified* horses, 1st place only

$125 award to nominator of any MD Million nominated horse born before 2009

$125 award to nominator of MD Million nominated/certified* horse’s sire

*Starting with the crop of 2009, horses sired by a fully nominated Maryland stallion are automatically certified for the program

Breeders Awards: 

30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st-3rd in all races**.

*Paid with purses.

**Stakes capped at $100k. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately. All bonuses are paid as soon as practical.


Stallion Awards: 

For winners and horses placing 1st-3rd in Maiden, Allowance, Claiming and Stakes races (capped at $100k) paid at 10% of horse's share of purse;  Maryland Million Stakes % are calculated seperately (Paid as soon as practical)

Note: Stallions must be registered with MHBA each year, prior to progeny racing 



Out of State Awards: 


Breed-Back Rule: 

A horse by an out-of-state sire may be registered with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Inc., only if the horse was foaled in Maryland as shown by a foal certificate from the Jockey Club, and, after foaling, the mare was covered by a Maryland stallion during the season of that foal’s birth. To check eligibility and see all requirements for Maryland-bred registration, click here:

Or contact Anne Frederick at 410-252-2100 ext 114,

Distribution Purses: 

In 2015:

Breeder:  $3,141,642.00 (this figure includes Maryland Million Day Breeder Bonuses of $105,600.00)

Owner:  $182,301.00

Stallion: $473,896.00 (this figure includes Maryland Million Day Stallion Bonuses of $30,150.00)

Distribution Awards: 

Registration Fees: 

 Foal Registration by May 31 of Yearling Year:  $75 (Members $200 annual dues), $175 (Non-Members)

 Foal Registration after May 31 Yearling Year:  $250 (Members), $400 (Non-Members)

 Annual Stallion Registration: $250 


For more information on MHBA membership:

For more information on registration: