As the field loaded into the gate for Pimlico’s 1st race on Saturday, track announcer Dave Rodman referred to #4 – Spicer Cub as “the Youtube sensation”. That’s because during the 4-year-old geldings most recent race, a 1 1/16 mile contest, he actually ran about 1 1/8 miles.
With more views than the attendance figure from last weekend Preakness Day at Pimlico, it’s no wonder that when the betting opened yesterday, Spicer Cub was 4-5, down from the 7-2 Morning Line. Just prior to Post Time, #2 – Nashly’s Vow was scratched on advice of the track veterinarian. This left a field of 5, and Spicer Cub the 5-2 second betting choice.
Fitted with a special designed blinker, here’s how Spicer Cub fared…
What the casual horse racing fan won’t understand is that Spicer Cub “stepped up in class” in this race. That is, faced better competition than he had in his previous “adventure”. So to finish second was a major accomplishment in itself. He now has 4 runner-up finishes (from his last 4 races) in his 9 race career. Trainer Mary Eppler certainly deserves the credit for improving him from a $8,000 Maiden Claimer to the highest ($40,000) maiden ranks.
Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #146… “Handle”
Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday 10-race card selections, posted 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $10.60 (2nd), $5.00 (4th), $6.20 (6th), $6.20 (7th) and $11.80 (9th).
The BEST BET (28 10-4-3) Diversification (R8 #5 7-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) was taken well back early and never showed any fight as he trailed nearly every step of the way, only passing one even more pathetic than he.
The LONGSHOT PICK (28 5-1-2) Shipwreck Cove (R3 #7 4-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) chased the pace three wide around the turn, was carried to the four path in upper stretch then gave way, finishing 7th among a field of 8.
Selections for Pimlico’s Sunday, May 26th card will on Page 2.