The Maryland Jockey Club is offering a $100,000 bonus to trainers who accumulate the most points by running a minimum of five horses in stakes races during Preakness Weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20.
The weekend point leader will earn $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 will be awarded on a 10-7-5-3 scale for finishing first through fourth, with one point earned for each starter in a stakes race.
The 142nd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes highlights a $3.7 million stakes schedule and is one of eight stakes, four graded, on a May 20 card that includes Grade II Longines Dixie, Grade III Maryland Sprint and the Gallorette.
Other stakes on the day are the Chick Lang, which had its purse doubled to $200,000 for 2017; the $100,000 LARC Sir Barton to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; $100,000 James W. Murphy and $100,000 The Very One.
The May 19 program features the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan and Grade III Pimlico Special.
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release