Army Wife, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario and trained by Mike Maker, was able to extricate herself from tight quarters leaving the backstretch, tipped outside to challenge long shot pacesetter Lady Traveler midway around the turn and opened up on the field once straightened for home to earn her first career stakes win in the 97th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Army Wife gave trainer Mike Maker his first Black-Eyed Susan win and second consecutive stakes victory on the day following Last Judgment’s front-running score in the historic $250,000 Pimlico Special (G3). Rosario previously won the Black-Eyed Susan with Fiftyshadesofhay in 2013.
The Black-Eyed Susan was just the second career stakes attempt for Army Wife, a 3-year-old daughter of Declaration of War who also found trouble when finishing third behind Search Results in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle (G3) April 3 at Aqueduct in her prior start. Search Results would go on to run second in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (G1).