We LOVE Blacked Eyed Susan Day! It’s a fun time to celebrate Baltimore and the horse racing legacy and history of the state and City.
For years now, Black Eyed Susan Day has a long standing history of helping Baltimore women get their their Preakness in style and fun. A little history for you…One of Pimlico’s oldest stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan was first run at Pimlico in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks. The name was changed in 1952 to complement the Preakness and to acknowledge the Maryland state flower. The mile and one-eighth test, for three-year-old fillies is traditionally run the Friday before the Preakness. The race was first graded in 1973 and has been a Grade II event since 1976. The Black-Eyed Susan has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the traditional filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks Stakes (at Churchill Downs) and the Acorn Stakes (at Belmont Park). Only three fillies: Wistful (1949), Real Delight (1952), and Davona Dale (1979), all owned and bred by the illustrious Calumet Farm, have ever accomplished this feat.
Hooves & Heels, one of many activities on Black-Eyed Susan Day celebrating the spirit and strength of women, will once again be held at Pimlico Race Course Friday, May 20 as part of Black-Eyed Susan’s Ultimate Girls Day Out.
Every woman attending Black-Eyed Susan Day will be eligible to participate in what is a truly memorable and unique day at the races.
The Heels portion of Hooves & Heels will include Lana Rae, CEO of Kis Agency & Promotions and Founder and Producer of the Fashion Awards MD, who will choose women dressed in their best Black-Eyed Susan Day fashions to ultimately become finalists for prizes.
Judging will take place in the Girls Galleria located on the Concourse Apron beginning at 3:15 p.m.
The Hooves portion of Hooves & Heels will have a representative from StarLadies Racing and photographer Jesse Caris looking for the best-groomed horse in every race. The winner will be announced at race time and prizes will be given out.
“Black-Eyed Susan Day’s Ultimate Girls Day Out has become one of Maryland racing’s most memorable and entertaining days of the year,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We’re not only celebrating women and their incredible accomplishments and courage, but we’ll also be crowning a new Black-Eyed Susan (G2) champion with an incredible day of racing.”