This year the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes will take place Friday, May 18th, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The annual Grade II event with a purse of $250,000 is open to 3-year-old fillies. The race is one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. The race is named after Maryland’s State Flower, the ‘Black- Eyed Susan. The petals of a Black-Eyed Susan are yellow and the flower’s center is black.
The Black-Eyed Susan is the Middle Jewel for three- year- old fillies. The three “Filly Triple Crown “ races include the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park.
Only three fillies have ever won all three “Filly Triple Crown” races. Wistful in 1949, followed by Real Delight three years later in 1952, and Davona Dale nearly three decades later in 1979. All three fillies were owned and bred by Calumet Farm.