Black-Eyed Susan Day Stakes Predictions and Picks: There are 14 races on Friday’s card at Pimlico Race Course with seven stakes races including the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and a first post time of 11:30AM EST. We will preview and provide our top three selections for each of the stakes races on the card.
Race number 5 – The Skipat is for fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward run at a distance of six furlongs. Post time of 1:34 PM EST.
Our selections: 8-3-1
8. Vertical Oak (9/2 ML)
The Steve Asmussen trainee has run three career races on a wet track and has two wins and a third place finish. The forecast for the entire weekend at Pimlico calls for rain. Hence this four-year-old filly should be in a perfect spot in just her second start of the year after she tailed off in her 2018 debut after a five plus month layoff.
3. Startwithsilver (3/1 ML)
This Linda Rice trained mare enters this race with four wins in her past five starts, including a win in the Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct on February 18th on a track listed as sloppy. They switched her from the turf to the dirt this year and have three wins over the surface. She is a closer and will be running late.
1. Carienn (4/1 ML)
The only time this four-year-old filly missed the board was in her debut when she finished fourth. In 10 career starts she has 3 wins, 4 seconds and 2 thirds and I expect her to hit the board again today.
Race number 7 – The Adena Springs Miss Preakness (Gr. 3) is for three-year-old fillies and is run at a distance of six furlongs over the dirt. Post time of 2:39 PM EST.
Our selections: 8-6-1
8. Almond Roca (5/1 ML)
Bill Mott tried to turn three-year-old filly into a router in the Florida Oaks (Gr. 3) at Tampa Bay Downs on March 10th where she was with the leaders until the stretch and she weakened finishing sixth. She will relish the return to a sprint distance and should roll over this field.
6. Lezendary (4/1 ML)
The Rudy Rodriguez trainee broke her maiden in January and then returned two months later and won the Cacada Stakes at Aqueduct by more than three lengths. She should be ready to challenge here.
1. Happy Like A Fool (5/1 ML)
Wesley Ward sent this one to Europe last summer and then she returned to Belmont Park and promptly won the Matron Stakes (Gr. 3) in October. She took six months off and they brought her back in the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland on April 8th when as the favorite she ran a disappointing fourth. The first start off the bench is tough for most horses and Ward should have this one ready to run on Friday.
Race number 9 – Pimlico Special Stakes (Gr. 3) is for three-year-olds and upward and is run at a distance of one and three sixteenth miles over the dirt. Post time of 3:43 PM EST.
Our selections: 5-1-8
5. Hedge Fund (7/2 ML)
The Todd Pletcher trainee had a rough start in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 14th and just never found his stride. He won both starts prior to this one and I expect a rebound from this one. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith takes the irons for the first time and I expect a great ride.
1. Irish War Cry (3/1 ML)
This four-year-old colt did not show up in his last race at Gulfstream Park on Florida Derby Day but he has a pretty noticeable pattern of a good race followed by a bad race so if the form holds true he is sitting on another big effort for trainer Graham Motion.
8. Something Awesome (5/1 ML)
The seven-year-old gelding shows no signs of slowing down, and comes in the winner of five of his past six races dating back to a trainer change in August 2017.
Race number 10 – Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes is for three-year-olds and upward and is run at a distance of five furlongs over the turf. Post time of 4:14 PM EST.
Our selections are: 7-3-
7. Hogy (2/1 ML)
The Mike Maker sends out the ageless nine-year-old gelding who shows no sign of slowing down. He will appreciate shortening back up to a sprint distance after his past two starts occurred in one mile turf races.
3. Imprimis (3/1 ML)
Three career starts, three wins for this four-year-old gelding who only began his racing career earlier this year. He has shown the ability to set the pace or come from off the pace and gets the services of jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
1. Rocket Heat (6/1 ML)
This six-year-old gelding enters here off of two straight wins, but is making a big jump in class today. This will only be his second start for trainer Carlos Martin, but if he runs back to his last race at Laurel on April 18th he should compete with this field.
Race number 11 – Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Gr. 2) is for three-year-old fillies at a distance of one and one eighth miles over the dirt. Post time of 4:48 PM EST.
Our selections: 9-2-3
Also check out our full field preview here with suggested wagers.
9. Sara Street (4/1 ML)
This Kiaran McLaughlin trainee comes in off of a second place finish in the Gazelle Stakes (Gr. 2) at Aqueduct on April 7th. She has progressed in each of her four career starts and appears to be poised to become a graded stakes winner on Friday.
2. Midnight Disguise (4/1 ML)
The Linda Rice trainee made the worst start of her short career in the Gazelle Stakes (Gr. 2) at Aqueduct, but prior to that she finished first or second in her first five career starts. She should rebound with the addition of blinkers which should help her maintain her focus.
3. Coach Rocks (7/2 ML)
The only horse that made the trip to Pimlico after running in the Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1) just two weeks ago. She didn’t appear to have any gas left in the tank in the Kentucky Oaks but has previously shown an ability to both set the pace and come from off the pace so let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and a chance to rebound.
Race 12 – The Hilltop Stakes for three-year-old fillies is run at a distance of one and one sixteenth miles over the turf. Post time of 5:25 PM EST.
Our selections: 8-7-4
8. Thewayiam (3/5 ML)
This filly has three wins in four starts in 2018 with her only “loss” to Rushing Fall by one length in the Appalachian Stakes (Gr. 2) at Keeneland on April 8th. She is way better than the rest of this field and should win for fun.
7. Secret Message (10/1 ML)
Graham Motion assumed training duties for this filly on March 31st and this will be her first start for the new connections. She is making the switch to turf after finding some success on the all-weather poly track at Turfway Park. Jockey Javier Castellano jumps aboard and he does not ride bad horses so my gut tells me that they think they have something special here.
4. Jehozacat (10/1 ML)
Made the switch from dirt to turf to start the 2018 campaign and won on her first attempt on the surface at one mile. She then was eased in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs on March 10th and followed that up with a 7th place finish in the Mizdirection Stakes at Aqueduct on April 15th. With the projected rain for Pimlico this race may get bumped to the main track and I like this filly’s prior results on the dirt surface.
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Race 13 – The Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (Gr. 3) is for fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward is run at a distance of one and one eighth miles over the dirt. Post time of 5:57 PM EST.
Our selections: 7-6-2
7. Blue Prize (2/1 ML)
This five-year-old mare enters the race off a win in Aqueduct on April 15th in the Top Flight Invitational Stakes and has only missed the board once in 12 career starts. She appears to be the class of the field and should win for fun.
6. Verve’s Tale (9/5 ML)
slightly favored over our top choice, the five-year-old mare could not get past Blue Prize in their last race and unlike the morning line maker I do not think she will improve enough to do so on Friday afternoon.
2. In the Navy Now (15/1 ML)
she might not have the same class as some of the other entrants in this race, but has a ton of heart and has hit the board in 17 of 20 career starts. She probably can’t beat our top two selections, but could pay nicely in the exacta and trifecta if she can get up.
Enjoy Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course. In addtion make sure to save some of your wagering budget because Saturday is another big day of racing (and wagering). This with the Preakness Stakes as well as seven other stakes races on the card.
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