Let’s pick up some momentum at Pimlico heading into tomorrow. Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday, Let’s Ride. Skip.
Race 9: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.The Very One Stakes
#4 Can the Queen (6/1) – This mare is working well off the bench and won this race last year at 6/1. She’s 3/5 over this Pimlico turf course and looks to get a good trip sitting just behind the dueling leaders. This Queen can go back to back.
Race 10: 6 Furlongs. F.G3 Miss Preakness Stakes
#4 Afternoon Tea (8/1) – #2 Key of Life (1/1) is clearly the one to beat, but she’ll take pressure early and Afternoon Tea looks to get a perfect trip. She’s taking a big step up in class today, but her maiden breaker last time was about as fast as Key of Life’s last win. Afternoon Tea has talent and is worth a shot at 8x the price.
Race 11: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Hilltop Stakes
#10 After Eight (12/1) – There isn’t much early pace in this race and this filly will have no problem clearing over from the 10 post. The Conductor was visually impressed with how easily she broke her maiden at Keeneland last time. She’ll be on the lead or sitting 2nd, clicking off moderate fractions today. She’ll have every chance as they turn for home.
Race 13: 1 1/8 Mile. F.G2 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
*#7 Comparative (12/1) – The Conductor thinks this is the only filly in the race with a shot to beat #9 Faiza (7/5). Comparative took a big step forward after a short break last time at Keeneland and has been working bullets since. Additionally, she doesn’t have to improve much on speed figures to beat Faiza and she likely will step forward for the Cox barn. Saez will be aggressive early and Faiza will have to pass her in the stretch, which will be no easy task. A Baffert/Cox exacta in a major stakes race…yay horse racing.