The Oaks/Derby Double was not one of the tickets I could cash two weeks ago, as St. John's River came a stride too late for a huge double with Animal Kingdom to payoff. Undeterred, I'll be right back at it with the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double. It does not have quite the combination possibilities as the last one, but with 14 in the Preakness, it still offers the potential of an attractive payoff.
In the Black-Eyed Susan, I like Hot Summer best. In a race devoid of much speed, I believe the improving daughter of Malibu Moon will control the race and prove very tough to catch. The consistent Wyomia was given some time after a solid Ashland, and will be my second play, while the California shipper, Love Theway Youare, looks to be getting good, and will be my long shot play. I believe the oddsmaker has the morning line wrong in here, and the actual favorite will be Royal Delta. I see her as a filly who needs her surface and will be over bet today. I will only use her as a saver play with my long shot selection in the Preakness.
That long shot is Mr. Commons, who I like quite a bit at odds of 20-1 or more. For more on Preakness thoughts click here to see yesterday's column on Zipse at the Track.
Here are my plays:
$5 Double – Hot Summer with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($25)
$3 Double – Wyomia with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($15)
$1 Double – Love Theway Youare with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($5)
$5 Double – Royal Delta with Mr. Commons ($5)
Total Bet = $50 … Good Luck!