Family Style, last year's 2-year-old champion filly, "became racing's newest millionaire," according to her trainer, Wayne Lukas, when she won the $157,900 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico today by more than three lengths over Steel Maiden, a long shot.
Family Style was ridden by Chris McCarron, who had two other winners on the day's program.
"She broke like a bullet," McCarron said. "She showed surprising early speed and I had a lot of horse when I needed it."
The victory by Family Style was her first of the year. The $103,385 winner's share included a $30,000 Breeders' Cup bonus and brought her earnings to $1,028,288.
The daughter of State Dinner ran the 1 1/16 miles in a respectable 1:44 3/5 and paid $2.80. Holders of the 1-6 exacta ticket earned $24.60.
Advance wagering on the Preakness showed the Badger Land entry (with Clear Choice) as the favorite at 6 to 5. Snow Chief was the second choice at 2 to 1, Broad Brush was the third pick at 4 to 1 and Ferdinand was the fourth choice at 9 to 2. The two long shots were Groovy at 12 to 1 and Miracle Wood at 23 to 1.