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Chamrousse winner of the 2002 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

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The Black-Eyed Susan

Date: 05/17/02

With two scratches, including original morning-line favorite Take Charge Lady, a compact field of six went to the post in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes, the second leg of the Filly Triple Crown. When the gate opened, 24-1 longshot Shop Till You Drop was sent to the lead by jockey Harry Vega and posted initial fractions of 23.57, 47.57, and 1:12.41. Stalking her to her inside the whole way around was 3-5 favorite Chamrousse. With a patient rating trip under jockey Jerry Bailey, she made her move at the top of the stretch, dueled briefly with the pacesetter at the 3/16 pole, then drew off to win by 2 1/4 widening lengths stopping the clock in 1:51.61 for the 1 1/8 mile feature. 8-1 shot Autumn Creek followed the pair around the course and finished 10 1/2 lengths back in third. Winning jockey Jerry Bailey said, "I've never ridden her before, but I ride them better that way."

The Black-Eyed Susan

Purse: $200,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Chamrousse         Bailey           3.20    2.80  2.10
 3   Shop Till You Drop Vega                     9.00  3.00
 4   Autumn Creek       Prado                          2.80

Chamrousse alone at the finish of the Black-Eyed Susan.
Winning Time: 1:51.61 $2 Exacta 2-3 60.00 $2 Trifecta 2-3-4 181.40 $1 Superfecta 2-3-4-1 176.40

First time by in the Black-Eyed Susan with basically the same horses up front. Second place jockey Harry Vega said, "My filly got her head in front, but I knew we didn't put the favorite away yet."

It was a close photo finish between Summer Colony and Dancethruthedawn in the Grade 3 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Also on the card was the Grade 1 Joe Aitcheson Stakes for the steeplechasers which was won wire to wire by Anofferucantrefuse.

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