With 14 races on the day’s card, including seven stakes races, this year’s Black-Eyed Susan Day was action packed! The big win of the day was Mike Tarp’s (KY) homebred Go Maggie Go, who won the 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Grade II). The filly by Ghostzapper and out of a Tale of the Cat mare, Magibel, is trained by Dale Romans. Romans also saddled the second place finisher Ma Can Do It, owned by Kyle Nagel.
Although the feature race of the day went to a Kentucky-bred, six other winners have Maryland connections with the most exciting win of the day going to Ben’s Cat. The Maryland-bred 10-year-old gelding won the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint for the fourth time in a row, and the fifth time overall. This year, Laurel Park winter/spring meet leading jockey Trevor McCarthy was onboard. Ben’s Cat was bred by Hall of Fame trainer King T. Leatherbury and is by Parker’s Storm Cat, out of Twofox by Thirty Eight Paces. He is owned by The Jim Stable.
Earlier in the day, McCarthy won the $100,000 Skipat Stakes aboard Disco Chick. The Pennsylvania-bred mare is trained by Mario Servey, Jr. and owned by Freedom Acres, Inc.
Involuntary, trained by Marylander Arnaud Delacour, took home the Komen Maryland Survivor Sprint for owner/breeder Catherine M. Wills (KY). Daniel Centeno was in the irons for the win.
Fair Hill Training Center based trainer, and former U.S. Olympic show jumper, Michael Matz saddled the winner of the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes, Gone Away. The three-year-old filly was bred in Florida and is owned by Augustin Stable (PA).
Phlash Phelps, bred in Maryland by Carol Kaye, won the Wells Fargo Together We’ll Go Far Race with Victor Carrasco on board. The five-year-old is trained here in Maryland by Rodney Jenkins, who was also a former U.S. team show jumper.
In the last race of the day, Jevian Toledo rode the Maryland-bred Cruise More to finish first for Maryland-based trainer Dale Capuano and owner Louis Ulman. The late Sandra and Howard Bender bred the eight-year-old gelding.