The highlights of the Friday card at Pimlico is The Black-Eyed Susan (Gr. 2) with a post time of 4:50pm EST. This race is for Three-Year-Old fillies who are out to battle for a $250,000 purse.
Fourteen fillies are entered in the 92nd running of the Black-Eyed Susan, and the Morning Line favorite at 2-1 is Land Over Sea who was the runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1) to Cathryn Sophia just two weeks ago. The second Morning Line favorite is another Oaks runner, Go Maggie Go (5-2 ML) who finished fourth.
#3 Land Over Sea ran an impressive race and closed into a field that set moderate fractions early in the race. This filly just does not seem able to catch a break as she has finished as the runner-up to the fantastic filly Songbird on three occasions and then ran into Cathryn Sophia in the Kentucky Oaks. Bettors at the windows have to believe that Friday will be her day in the Black-Eyed Susan, but we are leaning towards the other Oaks runner, Go Maggie Go as our selection.
#5 Go Maggie Go, a Dale Romans trainee, never raced as a two-year-old and actually only ran her first race and breaking her maiden in March at Gulfstream Park at the middle of March. She followed that maiden victory up with a win in the Gulfstream Oaks (Gr. 2) and then went into the Kentucky Oaks and was able to run with much more accomplished and experienced fillies finishing a respectable fourth in that field. This horse has improved with each outing and it appears that her only competition in here will come from Land Over Sea who is a very talented horse, but we like to make money and you cannot accomplish that betting the favorite so we lean to Go Maggie Go in the Black Eyed Susan.
We foresee these two finishing in the top two spots with the only upset candidate being the Ken McPeek trainee, #2 Dothraki Queen who had a great two-year-old campaign, but has only one unimpressive race under her as a three-year-old. She ran an unimpressive eighth in the Appalachian (Gr. 3) at Keeneland last month on the turf. What is intriguing is that McPeek has had success going from turf to dirt historically with his runners and she will be making that move on Friday. At 15-1 on the Morning Line we would include her on some of your Exacta bets in the event that one of our top two selections falters.
The race to complete the Trifecta and Superfecta is pretty wide open and any of the following could hit the board in those spots including the aforementioned Dothraki Queen:
#6 She’s a Warrior (6-1 ML) Gary Stevens/Peter Eurton
#9 Midnight On Oconee (15-1 ML) Gabriel Saez/Larry Jones
#10 Kinsley Kisses (6-1 ML) John Velazquez/Todd Pletcher
#12 Flora Dora (30-1 ML) Junior Alvarado/Marialice Coffey
#13 Cced (15-1 ML) Florent Geroux/Steve Asmussen
#14 Mom’s On Strike (15-1 ML) Joe Rocco/Joe Shar