05/14/2009 11:00PM

Payton d'Oro wires Black-Eyed Susan


BALTIMORE - The scratch of Ashland winner Hooh Why not only took the only Grade 1 winner out of Friday's $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan field, it took the primary speed out of the race as well.

Jockey Terry Thompson took full advantage of the lack of pace by sending Payton d'Oro to the front, and the pair was in control throughout as Payton d'Oro cruised to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan before an announced crowd of 23,892 at Pimlico. Bon Jovi Girl finished second, ahead of Casanova Move, the 8-5 favorite. Stage Trick, Combinate, Stone Legacy, Renda, and Don't Forget Gil completed the order of finish.

The victory was the fourth straight for Payton d'Oro, all since trainer Larry Jones stretched her out around two turns. Thompson believes the filly is "way better" around two turns.

"She's become a much improved filly getting a little bit older and getting the two turns," Thompson said.

"It just shows what a mistake I was doing trying to sprint her earlier," said Jones, who trains Payton d'Oro for owners John Ferris and Mike Pressley. "This filly is very talented; we think she's got a great future ahead of her."

With Hooh Why scratched, Payton d'Oro inherited the rail post position. Leaving the gate, Thompson hustled the filly to the lead, and she ran fractions of 24.21 seconds for the opening quarter and 48.40 for the half-mile while receiving token pressure from Stage Luck.

Thompson and Payton d'Oro opened up around the far turn and came into the stretch with a comfortable lead. Bon Jovi Girl tried to make a run at Payton d'Oro in the stretch, but Payton d'Oro won with plenty left. Payton d'Oro, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d'Oro - the same sire as Rachel Alexandra - covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.75 and returned $7.20 as the second choice.

Jones said he would consider New York races like the Acorn (June 6) and/or the Mother Goose (June 27) for Payton d'Oro's next starts.

The biggest disappointment in the Black-Eyed Susan was Don't Forget Gil, who finished last as the 3-1 third choice.

Trainer Mark Hennig said that jockey Rajiv Maragh told him Don't Forget Gil felt like she wanted to pull herself up turning down the backside.

"I see a little mucus coming out of her nose," Hennig said. "So maybe she's coming down with something. That certainly wasn't her; she always shows up."