Pimlico Sunday Selections; 6 Days & Counting Til Kentucky Derby 138

April 29, 2012 | Gary Quill

LAUREL, MD. 04-28-12—Illinois Derby winner Done Talking worked 5-furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his final work before next Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The Hamilton Smith trainee stopped the clock in 1:01 seconds and galloped out in 1:14.60 with regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard. It was the fastest of 17 works at the distance.

“I told Sheldon to go a minute and change and he hit it almost on the number,” Smith said. “I wanted him to gallop out strong. He wasn’t tired when he came back to the barn and we are ready to go.”

Smith indicated the son of Broken Vow would leave Laurel for Louisville early Sunday morning and will be stabled in Dale Romans barn at Churchill Downs. Romans will saddle Dullahan in the Run For The Roses. Both Done Talking and Dullahan were broken by Smith’s brother, Franklin Smith, at the Elloree Training Center in South Carolina.

“He had them from the time the first saddle was put on them until they came up to the races,” added Smith. “He (his brother) called me once he got to breezing him (Done Talking) and said he had a nice colt that he’d like me to have. He hasn’t missed a trick for us. He is a very smart horse and he does everything right.”

“I am looking forward to a great race out of him, I really am,” said Smith. “If we get pace up front that should help us. Naturally you need to have a good trip with all those horses in there. With his running style you worry about getting shut off but if we can be mid-pack early, about eighth or ninth and relax, we might shock everybody.”

Done Talking will be the first Triple Crown starter for Smith, a Maryland mainstay for more than 30 years. The 67-year-old has 1,645 career winners and has conditioned runners such as Gin Talking, Case Of The Blues and Blind Date, all multiple stakes winners

Pimlico Turf starting gate

Recapping selections from Day 17 (Saturday, April 28th) had 8 winners (3 Top Selections) with the $2 Early Double ($17.80); $2 Exacta in the 1st ($39.20), 3rd ($12.20) and 9th ($39.00) races; $1 Trifecta in the 1st ($34.50); $1 Pick-3 in races 4-6 ($23.40) and races 5-7 ($141.70).

Both the BEST BET (17 6-5-2) and LONGSHOT PICK (17 2-2-5) ran 3rd in their respective races, and like a carbon copy, both out of gas late and were beat at the wire for the runner-up spot. The BEST BET (Public Secret) paid $2.80 to SHOW while the LONGSHOT PICK (Silly Kitty) returned $3.60 to SHOW.

Selections for Day 18 at Pimlico Sunday, April 29th card are posted below.
1st race post is 1:10pm EDT. Track Condition… Dirt: FAST Turf: FIRM

1st race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming F&M for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#4 – Serenity Prayer (2-1)
#1 – Cabriana (10-1)
#5 – Awesome Caroline (5-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#6 – Enniskillen (5-2)
#5 – Cute Creation (5-1)
#3 – Three Ways Home (3-1)

3rd race – $40,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. & up – 4½ furlongs
#3/3C – Worldseriesatatude / Change Of Atatude (8-5)
#2 – Jupiter Rain (10-1)
#5 – Snow Princess (6-1)

4th race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Misunderestimated (9-5)
#6 – Spring Pow Wow (10-1)
#3 – Thunder Feet (5-2)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#8 – Speeding On By (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#7 – Prom Queen (2-1)
#1 – Donya (9-5)

6th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#2 – Carrietta (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Touch The Birds (7-2)
#1 – Sneaky Lil (8-5)

7th race – $33,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile on Turf
#9 – Captain Canuck (7-2)
#11 – See Tobe (2-1)
#5 – Perfect Loch (12-1)

8th race – $35,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Bellagio (9-2)
#8 – Forest King (7-5)
#6 – Fleeter (10-1)

9th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#2 – Tightend Touchdown (2-1)
#1/1A – Wild Louis / Lemon Juice (8-5)
#4 – Spanish Officer (12-1)

10th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#9 – Merry Lynn (2-5)
#7 – Bubbie Hon (5-1)
#6 – Youcancountonme (20-1)

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