This time next week the sports world will turn it’s focus to Louisville, Kentucky for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday (April 30th) followed by the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 1st). On Kentucky Oaks Day, Churchill Downs attracts a crowd of over 100,000. Wouldn’t that be a nice shot-in-the-arm to the Maryland horse racing industry if Pimlico would market Black-Eyed Susans Day as an unofficial municipal holiday?
Recapping Day 3 (Thursday, April 22nd) at the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Best Bet Essenceofthemoon (# 7; 6th race; 8-5) was bet down to the favorite and ran like one for 5½ furlongs. It’s ashamed that the race distance was 6 furlongs. He dueled for the lead in the early going, pulled away by 2 entering the stretch but was run down by 2 competitors, finishing 3rd by less than 1 length behind the winner.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 1 selection at the Pimlico Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW.
Longshot Daily Candy (# 6; 8th race on the turf;5-1) broke quickly from the game in this 5 furlong test and lead every step of the way clocking fractions of 22:72, 23:35 and the final furlong in 11:77. Though the betting public cut his Morning Line odds of 10-1 in half, it’s not hard to take $13.80 $5.80 and $3.80 across the board.
Longshot pick scorecard from 2 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Love Tour (# 6; 2nd race; 9-2) came through with a runner-up effort as the second biggest price in a short field of 6 after the 9-5 M/L favorite was an early scratch. Even with such a short field, Love Tour returned generous mutuel pay-offs of $5.20 for the PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW. The parlay is alive with $34 to “Let It Ride” on Day 4.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 4 (Friday, April 23rd)…
Best Bet: No Brakes (# 6; 6th race; 4-1)
As consistent as they come, this 5 year old gelding fits nicely in this $7,500 Allowance race condition for horses who have started in a $7,500k Claimer since March 2009. In 12 fast, dirt track career races he’s 4-4-1. Trainer Howard Wolfendale hasn’t been to the Winner’s Circle in the first 3 racing days of this Pimlico Meet, but that will end sooner than later as he wins at a 37% clip.
Longshot: Queen Suzanna (# 2; 1st race; 10-1)
Making her third career start and dropping from $10k to $8k Maiden Claimers, she’s in with a woeful group trying to make today Graduation Day. In both of her previous starts sprinting, she trailed most of the race then made a move in the stretch to pass a few horses. She stretches out today, gets Lasix for the first time and adds Blinkers. She’s worth a shot at a price.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $94 ($80 bankroll – $20 wager + $34 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $34 on Nighttime Lover (# 3; 7th race; 7-2) made his 2010 debut a few weeks back and showed early speed which was a running style reversal. There is plenty of speed in this 6 furlong contest that I would hope trainer Rodney Jenkins instructs jock Travis Dunkelberger to lay off what should be a hot pace and make a strong stretch run to hit the board, if not win it.
Looks like Day 4 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!