Non-Stakes Trainer Bonus Added To BES, Preakness Programs

The Maryland Jockey Club has added a $50,000 bonus for trainers who accumulate the most points in all non-stakes on May 18 (Black-Eyed Susan Day) and May 19 (Preakness Day) at Pimlico Race Course.

This is in addition to the $100,000 trainer bonus for points accrued in 15 stakes on those two days. MJC officials said the non-stakes bonus program is designed to help boost field size as well as reward local trainers who support overnight races.

Points in the non-stakes will be awarded as follows: 10 for first, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth, and one point for starting in a race. First place is worth $25,000, followed by $10,000 for second, $7,500 for third, $4,000 for fourth, $2,500 for fifth and $1,000 for sixth.

For the stakes bonus, a trainer must race a minimum of five horses in combined stakes to qualify over the two days. First prize is $50,000, followed by $25,000 for second, $12,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth, $4,000 for fifth and $2,000 for sixth. Points are awarded under the same formula as the non-stakes bonus program.

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