God's Tipster's Friday Pimlico Pick: The 13th race is the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan for 3yo fillies
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Thursday’s Race Recap from Belmont Park:
(All odds US)
Race replays for yesterday’s races from Belmont Park can be found here:
Race 5: 1st@ 0.85/1 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Race 7: SCRATCH
Race 8: 4th@ 12.20/1
We had some rain overnight and into the morning in the NY area which made the track sloppy and rained us off the turf for Thursday’s afternoon card. This resulted in the scratch of our selection in Race 7. In Race 5, Easy to Bless was given a heads up ride by Jackie Davis who took her off her usual game plan and sent her to the lead from her inside post, taking advantage of the sealed and sloppy surface. Her strategy proved fruitful as she battled with the expected speed runner down to the wire to prevail by 1/2 length to give us our very first win of the week. After a scratch in Race 7, we had Dancingwthdaffodls run in Race 8 but I handicapped the race for turf and they ran on dirt. She checked in fourth today but I’ll be looking for her to race on turf again (without rain in the forecast).
We’ll head to Pimlico for Friday’s Black Eyed Susan race card. The Black Eyed Susan is the three year old filly counterpart to the Preakness and drew a large field this year. That’s just one of a few tough graded stakes races on the Pimlico card. Fast and firm conditions are expected beneath sunny skies and warm temperatures. Let’s get to the action.
Friday at Pimlico:
Race 13: Beguine - 1 pt win (US Morning Line Odds: 12/1)
The Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan - (named for a type of flower - and the flowers the winner of tomorrow's Preakness will be draped in) will close out our day. This is a 1 1/8 mile race on the main track for three year old fillies. We aren’t getting a showdown like we had in the Kentucky Oaks but we’re getting a nice matchup of 13 Grade 2 types. I’m siding with Beguine here from the low profile barn of Danny Peitz which should ensure some generous odds. He lured top rider Jose Ortiz and the massive rider upgrade alone might be enough to select this one but she’s also improved with each and every start she’s made. Last time out she ran a career top speed figure which was better than anything almost anyone in this field has put up in their career. Three fast workouts should have her plenty ready and she was actually entered in the Kentucky Oaks but didn’t make it off the also eligible list so she’s been awaiting this race. Has the speed to stay close or even take the lead if Ortiz wants to.
Best of luck to everyone playing Fridays races from Pimlico!