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Black-Eyed Susan Day: Lady Legends For the Cure Race

Lady Legends Pimlico
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club


For the past four (4) years on the eve of the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course has been the site of “The Ultimate Girls Day Out”. In 2010 at Old Hilltop, the first-ever pari-mutuel wagering event where all horses were ridden by retired female jockeys to place. The Maryland Jockey Club teamed up with Susan G. Komen For The Cure for a day with additional events to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. The race is billed as Lady Legends For The Cure

Friday’s card has 13 races featuring the $500,000 Grade2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3 year old fillies (race 10). The 3rd race is the 5th and final run for the Lady Legends For The Cure race. A field of eight (8) thoroughbreds will be ridden by retired female jockeys. One of the participating jockeys, Patti “PJ” Cooksey is a breast cancer survivor. The other ladies in the irons will be Cheryl White (first African-American female jockey), Andrea Seefeldt (first woman to win PA Derby), Stacie Clark-Rogers and Abgail Fuller (both back for their 2nd year) and two first-time starters, Kaymarie Marie Kreidel and Sharon Frances Gunther. There are two multi-day, multi-race wagers available today...| … Pimlico Special – Preakness DOUBLE wager … Pimlico Special – Dixie Hcp. – Preakness PICK-3 wager

Recapping previous posted selections from Thursday, May 15th at Pimlico, had 5 winners from 9 races, (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (4th race), $10.00 (6th), $4.40 (7th), $4.40 (8th) and $11.60 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (23: 5-7-5) Sea Lord (5th race: 4-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) was rated back off of a rival soon after the break, pulled his way forward into the first turn, steadied off heels and was taken wide into the backstretch, gained nearing the far turn, gave hard chase soon after but went evenly to finish 4th. .

The LONGSHOT PICK (23: 6-5-0) Mighty Oak (1st race: 6-1 M/L; 5-1 PT) was forwardly placed but lost ground on the turns and faltered, finishing in 6th.

FYI – the BEST BET of the Day selection will never be a M/L favorite and the LONGSHOT PICK will simply be the runner having the highest M/L odds among my top picks for an entire card.

PLEASE NOTE: Statistics provided for the BEST BET and LONGSHOT PICK in parentheses represent the Number of Picks: Wins-Places-Shows. For example, the BEST BET (10: 1-2-3) was picked 10 times resulting in 1 winner, 2 places and 3 shows. In the past, I would reset these numbers at the start of each meet. For 2014, I reset these numbers on Jan. 1st in order to chart results on a yearly basis.

Selections for Friday, May 16th at Pimlico Race Course are posted below for a SLOPPY TRACK and OFF TURF. First Post 12:00pm EDT.

1st race - $7,500 Starter Handicap for MD-bred F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#1A – Gallagher’s Pride (8-1)
#7 – Onegreatstep (9-2)
#5 – Love Heart (4-5)

2nd race – $52,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs OFF TURF
#5 – Charm City (6-1)
#8 – Avie (10-1)
#12 – Great Motion (10-1)

3rd race – Lady Legends $52,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Big Lute (7-5)
#3 – Graced (4-1)
#2 – Zuerstgold (5-1)

4th race – $52,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles OFF TURF
#5 – Fasnacloich (4-1)
#3 – Arden Natalie (30-1)
#11 – Divine Luck (9-2)

5th race – $100k Skipat Stakes for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#9 – Winning Image (4-1)  *** BEST BET ***
#1 – She’s Ordained (5-1)
#8 – Flattering Bea (12-1)

6th race – $52,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles OFF TURF
#8 – Outofthedepths (20-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#2 – Handsome Harley (20-1)
#13 – Wallyanna (10-1)

7th race – $75k Rollicking Stakes for 2 y.o.– 6 furlongs
#6 – Hootenanny (5-2)
#1 – Governmentshutdown (3-1)
#2 – Pret Say Eye (30-1)

10 cent Jackpot Pick-5 Carryover: $129,241.16

8th race – $25,000 Opt. Claiming N2X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles OFF TURF
#7 – Perique (10-1)
#11 – Yuzuru (9-2)
#1/1A– Noor Un Nisa / Seaside (12-1)

9th race – $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs OFF TURF
#8 – Ben’s Cat (7-5)
#1 – Great Attack (7-2)
#2 – Smash and Grab (15-1)

10th race – $500,000 G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3 y.o. fillies – 1 1/8 miles
#4 – Stopchargingmaria (7-2)
#10 – Vera Amore (15-1)
#6 – Arethusa (8-1)

11th race – $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes for 3 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#9 – Our Lesmis (5-1)
#1 – Raging Smoke (15-1)
#8 – Jojo Warrior (5-2)

12th race – $300,000 G3 Pimlico Special for 3 y.o. & up – 1 3/16 mile
#6 – Revolutionary (5-2)
#3 – Moreno (7-2)
#8 – Prayer for Relief (12-1)

13th race – $100,000 Hilltop Stakes for 3 y.o. fillies – 1 1/16 miles OFF TURF
#8 – Our Epiphany (20-1)
#2 – Tupancy Links (12-1)
#7 – High Wire Kitten (15-1)

 

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  I am the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to thoroughbred horse racing! One sunny summer day in 1964 at Timonium Race Track is where my Dad and mentor introduced me to “The Sport of Kings”. Since that day, I have had the pleasure to visit over 40 different tracks across North America. Though an IT professional by trade, I’ve had a part-time gig with the Maryland Jockey Club since 1988.

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