THE BLACK-EYED SUSAN STAKES
Though this race takes on a smaller version of the Kentucky
Oaks, the tradition is still there. The
likes of Royal Delta, Silverbulletday, Serena’s Song, and Davona Dale, to name
a few, have won this prestigious race, inaugurated in 1919. This Friday, nine will go to post, to decide
who will be this year’s edition of the Black-Eyed Susan champ NOTE: #5 Walkwithapurpose has been scratched(5/16/13). Here’s the field:
1 – MANUKA
HONEY(10-1, Sire: Borrego; Broodmare Sire: End Sweep; Tr. John Terranova II;
Jy. Edgar Prado) Well-travelled
filly makes this the seventh track that she has run on. It took her six races to break her maiden,
but she has followed that up with a win, and s 2nd-place finish in
the Fantasy Stakes(Gr. III) at Oaklawn Park over a sloppy track. Keeps the services of Prado, so, possibly you
can bank on his possibly knowing something?
I doubt it.
2 – LADY BANKS(30-1,
Sire: Successful Appeal; Broodmare Sire: Housebuster; Tr. James Lawrence II;
Jy. Julian Pimentel) Last two races
have her beaten a combination of 63 lengths.
Picks up a new jockey, but can’t seem to find anything to get gaga
FIFTYSHADESOFHAY(2-1, Sire: Pulpit; Broodmare Sire: Real Quiet; Tr. Bob
Baffert; Jy. Joel Rosario) Nicely-bred
filly jaunters out of California for the first time, after 8 races. Has posted a bullet work, and adds blinkers
for the first time. Acquires the
services of the ever-hot Rosario. Only
question is, will shipping be an issue?
4 – PETIT
TRIANON(20-1, Sire: Latent Heat; Broodmare Sire: Yankee Victor; Tr. Juan
Vazquez; Jy. Victor Carrasco) Can’t
read much into this horse. Comes into
this race off of a turf race. Hasn’t
seen a fast track in four months.
Trainer is the “now” trainer at this track(21-for-64, 33%). Has a new jockey, who’s won at a 25% clip at
this oval during this meet. Would be
long, but could be mysterious play?
5 – WALKWITHAPURPOSE(
Sire: Candy Ride; Broodmare Sire: Broad Brush; Tr. Ignacio Correas IV) Filly had reeled off 5 straight wins at
Laurel Park, before shipping north, and running 3rd at
Aqueduct. Connections take Jeremy Rose
off of this filly, to be replaced by Lezcano.
Don’t understand Rose’s demotion.
Has recorded two bullet works.
Nice blood line. Possibility. ***SCRATCHED***
6 – MARACUYA (8-1,
Sire: Big Brown; Broodmare Sire: Jade Hunter; Tr. Ralph Nicks; Jy. John
Velazquez) She’s coming from
Gulfstream Park, where she’s 2-for-2.
She’s being asked to extend to two turns for the first time in her
career. She keeps the services of JV. Not sure if lack of two-turn experience being
beneficial in this instance. Think I’d
7 – EMOLLIENT(9-5,
Sire: Empire Maker; Broodmare Sire: Touch Gold; Tr. William Mott; Jy. Mike
Smith) She romped in last in the
Ashland Stakes @ Keeneland(synthetic).
She merits the honor of being the favorite, but race-before-last, she
was defeated by 30 lengths at Gulfstream Park by Dreaming of Julia(who garners
talk of being the “now” filly, despite this race being the only two-turn win in
four tries). Jockey/trainer combo have
enjoyed BC Classic success with Drosselmeyer.
Still, might try and beat her.
8 – TOASTING(20-1,
Sire: Congrats; Broodmare Sire: Prized; Tr. Thomas Albertrani; Jy. Javier
Castellano) Castellano opts to pick
up the mount for this race. She’ taken
an unusual route to get to this race, running on synthetic @ Ocala Training
Center and a 4-horse field in a open claimer @ Gulfstream Park that was taken
off the turf, a race that was sloppy.
Good jockey/trainer, but I can’t read much into this one’s chances, but
she does have blinkers on.
9 – MARATHON
LADY(12-1, Sire: Graeme Hall; Broodmare Sire: Crater(ARG); Tr. Steve Hobby; Jy.
Robby Albarado) Albarado won at
first asking on this filly, in the slop.
She then lost a nose decision at Turfway Park. Her last race was a distant 3rd in
the slop at Oaklawn Park, where she has been for three of her last four races. Albarado returns to ride this filly, and her
bloodline is somewhat mysterious, especially on the broodmare side. Based on Albarado returning, maybe she could
be of the upset variety?
Though Emollient gets the favorite’s role, we’ll go light,
with an upset in mind. Let’s play a $4
exacta box with #4 Petit Trianon(hot trainer), #8 Toasting(equipment change),
& #9 Marathon Lady(Robby “Yabba Dabba” Albarado “do”). We’ll leave it at that. Total bet - $24.