‘He saved my life’: The story of Nancy Heil and racehorse Karan’s Notion

78-year-old Nancy Heil has bred and trained racehorses for more than 50 years, but she never had a horse eligible to run on the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day; that is, not until 2020.

Heil’s homebred Karan’s Notion was the underdog in the Maryland Million Sprint, a stakes race for Maryland-bred horses with a purse of $102,000. However, when the gate opened on race day, Karan’s Notion broke out on top and won the 6-furlong race, his success saving her farm.