Review: Gr.2 Black Eyed Susan (Full Finishing List 2019, Race Video 2019)
Gr.2 Black Eyed Susan Won By Daughter Of Curlin
The daughter of champion Curlin broke from post 7 in the eight-horse field and under jockey Javier Castellano won the Gr.2 Black Eyed Susan on the eve of The 144th Preakness Stakes. Point of Honor has thus far earnings equal to US$246,375 from her three wins in four starts.
At the start Cookie Dough, took the lead through six furlongs while Point of Honor settled second to last just ahead of Off Topic.
Point of Honor advanced four deep just after the far turn, eventually catching up with the leader just before the eighth-pole.
As Cookie Dough got tired, Point of Honor stepped up and took the lead under urging from Castellano.
With a last-minute challenge from Ulele, her sure win was under question. She dug deep to find another gear and surged to victory, prevailing by a half-length. Followed by Ulele and Cookie Dough who came two and a quarter lengths behind in third. Brill, Off Topic, Always Shopping, Las Setas, and Our Super Freak completed the field.
She almost broke the record for the race set by Hall of Famer Silverbulletday in 1999. Her final time was 1:47.88.
Earlier in the year, For Point of Honor's connections, aspired to see their filly in the Kentucky Oaks. But due to some unforeseen trouble on the track during the main prep race, (in which she ultimately placed fourth), she was unable to qualify for the Oaks. just didn't seem quite as handy or responsive that day.
The Bernardini mare Zayanna was initially bought by bloodstock agent Donato Lanni at 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the filly went unsold on a final bid of US$825,000 and was later purchased privately on behalf of Stetson Racing's John Connelly. Eventually, when Aron Wellman Point of Honor break her maiden by six lengths in her debut at Gulfstream, the owner of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners contacted Wellman and asked whether he could buy in.