Pletcher Wins Inaugural Trainer Bonus

Pletcher Wins Inaugural Trainer Bonus

BALTIMORE, 05-23-14---Four trainers took advantage of Pimlico’s trainer bonus last weekend, with Todd Pletcher earning top honors and a check for $50,000.

Trainers earned points based on finishes in 15 stakes races on the May 16-17 cards. Conditioners had to start at least five horses and received points for finishing first (10 points), second (7), third (5), fourth (3) and starting a horse (1 point) in each race.

Pletcher used victories by Stopchargingmaria in the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and Revolutionary in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) to compile 27 points.

“It definitely caught my attention,” said Pletcher, who started seven runners in the 15 eligible stakes races.

Phil Schoenthal finished second with 22 points and received $25,000. The Laurel Park-based conditioner won the Miss Preakness with Miss Behaviour on the Black-Eyed Susan card and finished second and third in the Rollicking Stakes.

Graham Motion was third with 13 points and took home $12,000, while Wesley Ward (nine points) finished fourth for $7,000.


Motion, who turned 50 yesterday, won a pair of races Friday afternoon and moved into a second place tie in the trainer standings with eight live racing days remaining in the spring meeting.

Charm City Girl ($12.20) broke her maiden in the third, while Qualify ($6.80) won for the second time during the stand.

Motion is 10-of-45 at Old Hilltop since April 3. Jamie Ness also has 10 victories. Both trail Kieron Magee, who tops the standings with 13 winners.

Trevor McCarthy has a commanding lead in the rider standings with 38 trips to the winners’ circle, 15 more than Victor Carrasco.

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