02/19/2013 3:34PM

Pimlico stakes get purse hikes with casino money


Pimlico Race Course has increased the purses for a large number of its stakes races for 2013, including a $200,000 bump for the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, as the track’s share of subsidies from Maryland casinos accumulates.

The Black-Eyed Susan, for 3-year-old fillies, will have a $500,000 purse this year, compared with $300,000 last year. The purses for the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap and the Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Stakes will be increased $50,000 each, from $100,000 last year to $150,000 this year. Three $75,000 stakes that have not been run in at least a year at Pimlico were also restored to the schedule.

All told, Pimlico plans to distribute $3.775 million in purses for 21 open stakes during the 36-day meet, which is scheduled to begin April 4 and end on June 8, with racing conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule. The total amount of purses distributed in open stakes is up $625,000 from the open-stakes program last year, Pimlico said.

Midway through 2012, Maryland’s largest casino opened near Pimlico’s sister track, Laurel Park. Maryland’s racing industry receives subsidies from the state’s casinos, and the opening of the new facility has resulted in a sizeable increase in the amount of those subsidies.

Pimlico’s spring meet will be highlighted by the May 18 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Preakness undercard will include seven stakes races, including the $300,000 Pimlico Special, an historic race for older horses that was restored to the schedule last year after being canceled off and on during the past decade.

The Black-Eyed Susan will highlight the card on Preakness Eve. Six other stakes are also scheduled for the card.

Brian More than 1 year ago
The increase in the BES purse is wasted money. No horse - with the possible exception of a Lukas trainee - is going to run in the KY Oaks and the BES, and with the Grade 1 Acorn a few weeks later in NY, the BES is going to draw the B team, no matter the purse. Might as well have a purse then that is appropriate for the field.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Bet the ranch this years derby winner win not sniff the Preakness/Belmont as fresh legs will prevail...We will never see another Triple Dipper in its present format...Book That Baby!!!...We are way over "DUE for a DAMN CHANGE" to the TC & "The Game" itself!!!...ty...
702Ray More than 1 year ago
LOL, the triple corwn is the only thing that keeps racing on the radar... "Oh winning the triple crown is too hard why dont we just make it easier" Glad nobody will read this comment except for me.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
After 37 years without a winner its gotten boring as HELL!!!...GMAFB!!!...RAY MOAN!!!...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, just shut up.
Michael McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
It's about time! Maybe this is the start of a rebirth of horse racing in the state and it's a long time in the making. Now we need to get the Pimlico Special and DeFrancis Dash back to Grade I status. I know that is way easier said than done, but here's hoping. We also need to totally renovate the tracks themselves. They need to do more than Preakness weekend to make some people come back. I used to love going down to Old Hilltop, but with the quality of racing the last 10-15 years, it's not worth the risk ;) I mean when the headline race on a Saturday is a $28,000 allowance surrounded by $5-$8k maiden claimers, it leaves a lot to be desired. I hope the people in charge can make this work unlike the bumbling idiots before them who just fought over everything.
Michael McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Oh and on those Saturdays, having 5 or 6 horse fields with a 3-5 or 4-5 shot in every race winning at a 50% clip doesn't exactly make for good wagering. The exotic payoffs in Maryland racing are a joke! Hopefully this influx of purse money will change this as well. Are they going to bump everyday races as well or are they talking stake races only at this point?
702Ray More than 1 year ago
Don't hold your breath> i dont see this changing much. getting a share of casinomoney is NOT the same as operating your own casino. They will still get clobbered by NY and Penn racing. I do appreciate the sprucing up of Preakness weekend. Which has long been my favorite triple crown race.
Horse 2win More than 1 year ago
Looks like the second jewel of The Triple crown just got interesting, hike the purses horses will come. Two days of great racing and Preakness will have a great field with new shooters thanks to the new Kentucky Derby point system,