MI Developments announced Sept. 7 the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2, a bonus program similar to its Preakness 5.5 bonus unveiled in last August.
The program could offer $2 million to the winning owner and $200,000 to the winning trainer of the 2011 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course. Qualifying races will be held at Gulfstream Park in Florida, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park in California, and Portland Meadows in Oregon.
The Black-Eyed Susan is scheduled for May 20. The purse will increase from $150,000 this year to $250,000.
“My hope is that 2011 will be remembered in the sports world as the founding year of a long, successful, and profitable tradition of the Preakness 5.5 and the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2,” MID vice chairman and chief executive officer Dennis Mills said. “The Preakness weekend is an important generator of revenue for the Maryland Jockey Club, and this program, combined with the Preakness 5.5, should improve racing results across our entire racing portfolio.”
To qualify for the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2, a 3-year-old filly must first win the requisite qualifying races plus the Gulfstream Park Oaks. MID said it will pay all “reasonable” shipping costs for any West Coast-based 3-year-old filly eligible for either the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 or the XpressBet consolation prize to compete in the Gulfstream Park Oaks and/or the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
There will be an AmTote jockey bonus worth $50,000 to the winning jockey of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes who also rode the winner of one of the qualifying races and competed in at least one other qualifying race.
To qualify for the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 at Gulfstream, a filly must win the Jan. 29 Forward Gal Stakes, Feb. 26 Davona Dale Stakes, and April 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks (all gr. II).
To qualify at Santa Anita, a filly must win the Feb. 5 Las Virgenes Stakes, March 5 Santa Anita Oaks (both gr. I), and the Gulfstream Park Oaks.
The winner of the California Oaks, scheduled for Jan. 1 at Golden Gate, will also qualify for the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 if she goes on to win the Santa Anita Oaks and Gulfstream Park Oaks.
The winner of the Jan. 29 Portland Meadows Oaks will quality for the bonus if she goes on to win the Santa Anita Oaks and Gulfstream Park Oaks.
The XpressBet consolation prize ($200,000 to the owner and $20,000 to the trainer) will be awarded to a runner in the California Oaks, Forward Gal, Portland Meadows Oaks, Las Virgenes, or Davona Dale that finished first, second, or third in the Santa Anita Oaks or the Gulfstream Park Oaks if it wins the Black-Eyed Susan, provided the filly wasn’t eligible for the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2.
To qualify for the $50,000 AmTote jockey bonus, a Black-Eyed Susan-winning jockey must first win one of the qualifying races and compete in at least one other qualifying race.