On May 15th, 2015 The Rams Head Group had the honor of presenting the 43rd Running of The Hilltop Stakes at Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico.
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.*
The winner of The Hilltop Stakes, was Miss Temple City from Kentucky who is owned by Maryland’s own Sagamore Farms. Jockey John Velazquez and are trained by H. Graham Motion. In the Hilltop Stakes, Miss Temple City was the 6-5 choice, moving patiently until turning home to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 2 ¾ lengths over All in Fun. She covered the firm turf course with a final time of 1:41.94.
In additional to it being a day of music, horse racing & Finlandia Black-Eyed Susan drinks, the day also has a cause. In 2013, the event was re-branded in support of issues important to women year-round: Empowerment 360°. The Maryland Jockey Club is committed to the empowerment of women and supports a platform to honor their strength and spirit. Black-Eyed Susan Day represents that platform by championing causes related to health education, career relationships and family. The 2015 beneficiaries will be the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance® *
A good time was had by all. #obvi
*excerpt from http://www.blackeyedsusanday.com/