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Breeders' Cup 2017

Black-Eyed Susan - Taking a Shot?

5/16/2013 5:47 PM
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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 about.

3 – 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 look elsewhere.

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.   

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Well, despite the loss, you gave it your all, Robby "Yabba Dabba" Albarado "Do". Thanks for the thrill, be it ever so short. We were right about one thing, Emollient was in a photo with the water truck, winning by a "flaring" nostril. And, so it goes.