Kudos to The Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary, Georganne Hale, for constructing a terrific racing card on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s card has 13 races featuring the $175,000 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3 year old fillies (race 12) as well as the first-ever pari-mutuel wagering event where all horses will be ridden by retired female jockeys (race 4). The latter is part of The Maryland Jockey Club teaming up with Susan G. Komen For The Cure for the day with additional events around raising money for the fight against breast cancer. Two of the participating jockeys, Patti “PJ” Cooksey and Mary Wiley Wagner, are breast cancer survivors. The other ladies in the irons will be Barbara Jo Rubin (first woman to win a race against men at a recognized track), Gwen Jocson, Jennifer Rowland Small, Mary Russ Tortora, Cheryl White (first African-American female jockey) and Andrea Seefeldt.
In the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the 8-5 Morning Line favorite is Tidal Pool, coming in off her third-place effort in the Kentucky Oaks. Here’s the entire field of nine…
PP Horse Jockey / Trainer M/L
1 No Such Word T. Thompson / C. Jones 7-2
2 Seeking The Title K. Desormeaux / D. Stewart 5-1
3 Khancord Kid R. Maragh / J. Kimmel 12-1
4 Acting Happy J. Lezcano / R. Dutrow, Jr. 10-1
5 Harissa T. Baze / D. Hofmans. 5-1
6 Tidal Pool C. Borel / D. W. Lukas 8-5
7 Patriot Miss T. Dunkelberger / R. Jenkins 30-1
8 C C’s Pal E. Coa / D. Ryan 20-1
9 Diva Delite J. Leparoux / I. Wilkes 8-1
Recapping Day 15 (Thursday, May 13th)…at the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Best Bet King Of The Tango (# 1; 1st race; 3-5) took the field from gate to about 40 yards before the wire, yielding to two rivals and settling for third, paying $2.10 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 10 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 1 WIN – 4 PLACE – 3 SHOW.
Longshot Shaunna (# 3; 7th race OFF the turf; 3-1) debut on the grass was put on hold as all turf races were switched to the main track to preserve the grass course for the stakes races Friday and Saturday. She tracked the leaders and made a bold move along the rail, but unlike Calvin Borel, jock Horatio Karamanos was unable to get through, being blocked in deep stretch and finished 4th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 11 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $194 on Silent Jet (# 3; 4th race; 5-2) ran a strong race, at least strong enough to keep the SHOW parlay alive with a runner-up effort, returning $4.20 for the PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW, increasing the parlay amount to $233.05 and extend the streak to 11 days to “Let It Ride” on Day 16.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 16 (Friday, May 14th)…
Best Bet: Blue Sailor (# 12; 8th race; 6-1)
This 6 year old son of Northern Afleet fired nicely in his 2010 racing debut in an Atlantic City 5 furlong turf sprint. Trainer Howard Wolfendale is still seeking his first winner at the Pimlico Spring Meet and this turf burner is the horse who can break him into the win column.
Longshot: Acting Happy (# 4; 12th race – Black-Eyed Susan; 10-1)
The Morning Line favorite (8-5) Tidal Pool is a “false favorite” due to running back in just 2 weeks after running the longest and toughest race of her life. She’s a small filly who probably will “bounce” in this one, allow for a price horse, such as Acting Happy to emerge victorious as she is proven at this 1 1/8 mile race distance.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $293.70 ($254.90 bankroll – $194 wager + $232.80 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $233 on Rightly So (# 9; 11th race; 5-2) appears to be a slam dunk selection as trainer Anthony Dutrow ships this one down from The Big Apple along with regular rider Ramon Dominguez. The trainer/jock duo wins at nearly 40% when they team up. Rightly So is a perfect 5 of 5 in the money at today’s 6 furlong distance.
Looks like Day 15 will be a beautiful one with sunny skies to wear pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. So enjoy the 13 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer.