Black-Eyed Susan undercard: 3 singles and 1 long shot to play

Black-Eyed Susan undercard: 3 singles and 1 long shot to play
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

Many bettors will focus their attention on Saturday's stellar Preakness card at Pimlico, but there are plenty of money-making opportunities on Friday as well.

One could argue that the 13-horse Black-Eyed Susan is a better betting race than the Preakness the following day. Below is a closer look at four horses to key on Friday to build your bankroll ahead of Preakness Saturday.

Live long shot

Race 1. No. 5 Dathoss, 15-1: There is not much better than starting off a big day with a 15-1 shot. This is great value on a Cathal Lynch trainee as he is one of Maryland's best trainers. This runner has improved since being gelded in November and ran a competitive figure when winning in his first start in blinkers in February. He lost all chance when breaking slowly last out, but he showed some spark with a nice middle move. He will try to make the lead with a clean start on Friday and should enjoy 5 furlongs, plus he is bred to improve in his first turf start. His Dam barely missed winning a stake in her lone turf start, and she was out of Stormy Atlantic. Do not be surprised if this gelding steals the opener. 

Potential singles

Race 4. No. 2 Natagar, 7-2: This runner had decent form before his last start, but he really improved in his first start as a gelding. He had trouble at multiple key stages of the race and still ran a strong second at this level. Continued improvement is expected from this 3-year-old, who catches an average field. A repeat effort of his last race will make him extremely tough. 

Race 7. No. 2. 2 Mandate, 7-2: The three best races in this gelding's form have been under current trainer Robert Johnston, who is connecting at 32 percent for the year. He won the Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct and faced a very tough field in an overnight stakes at Laurel Park last time. He lost to Chez Pierre, who is undefeated in five starts, and looks like a monster. While running second, he defeated six-time graded stakes winner Field Pass, who would be 1-5 in this race. 7-2 is great value in this spot.

Race 11. No. 2 Honey Pants, 5-2: This has always has shown promise sprinting over the turf for Christophe Clement and really put it all together with an authoritative win in her first start with blinkers last time. She also has never been worse than second in her career with Lasix. With Lasix, blinkers and plenty of pace to run at, she will be a handful in the lane on Friday.

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