Maryland Racing Commission Ratifies Preakness Bonus

The Maryland Racing Commission May 25 ratified the parameters of a Preakness bonus for the connections of Maryland-bred or -sired horses that finish first, second or third in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The bonus was created via legislation last year.

The bonus wasn’t up for grabs this year given the lack of a Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runner in the Preakness.

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club agreed to the bonus scheme, which is as follows:

For a Maryland-bred and -sired winner of the Preakness, the owner would get $225,000, the breeder $225,000, and the stallion owner $50,000; a Maryland-bred but not Maryland-sired winner would produce $225,000 for the owner and $225,000 for the breeder; and a victory by a Maryland-sired but not Maryland-bred winner would be worth $225,000 for the owner and $50,000 for the stallion owner. For a second- or third-place finish in each category, the returns would be 20% and 10%, respectively, of the aforementioned amounts. Should Maryland-bred or -sired horses run first, second and third an additional $150,000 would be paid in the same percentages by the MTHA and MHBA.

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