Summer Luck didn’t get the scratch she needed to run in the overflow Kentucky Oaks (G1), but her team is looking forward to Gary Barber’s 3-year-old filly getting the chance to become a graded-stakes winner in Friday’s $ 250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at historic Pimlico Race Course.
The daughter of 2010 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Lookin At Lucky won on her second attempt last fall in Kentucky, then had a pair of thirds and a close fourth in three stakes at Gulfstream. Summer Luck tried to close behind a crawling pace when fifth in Keeneland‘s Ashland (G1).
“She’s doing really well,” said Norman Casse, son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, who also entered Barber and Bobby Flay’s Corporate Queen in the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan. “We wanted to run her in the Kentucky Oaks. She came back and worked really well. The pace in the Ashland was probably too slow for her liking. We really think she’s a legit horse, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to run her in the Black-Eyed Susan.”
The 93rd running of the Black-Eyed Susan, Maryland’s premier event for 3-year-old fillies, highlights a 14-race program that features six stakes, four graded, worth $ 1.15 million, including the $ 300,000 Xpressbet Pimlico Special (G3), $ 150,000 Allaire DuPont (G3) and $ 150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3). First post is 11:30 a.m.
Full House was third in Aqueduct’s 1 1/8-mile Gazelle (G2) behind a pair of Kentucky Oaks fillies in Miss Sky Warrior, the Gazelle’s 13-length winner, and Lockdown.
“The track was very speed-favoring,” said Jimmy Jerkens, trainer of Full House. “She got bothered pretty bad on the first turn. Paco (Lopez on Miss Sky Warrior) crossed over and was the favorite to get the lead. She won so easy that they’re not going to take a horse down that won by a pole, but she did saw us off pretty good. She got shuffled back and was unsettled, because when you’ve got a full head of steam and then get shut off it kinds of get them all discombobulated. It was a better effort that it looked on paper.”
Moana, stablemate of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, will try to make the jump from maiden winner at Keeneland in her second start to graded-stakes winner. The daughter of Uncle Mo worked a half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds Sunday at Pimlico, with trainer Todd Pletcher getting her in splits of 13 and 25 2/5 and out in 1:01 1/5 under Nick Bush.
“The main attraction here is the mile and an eighth distance; we feel like that’s what she’s looking for,” Pletcher said. “It’s kind of an ambitious move from a maiden race but we’ve always thought a lot of her.”
Pletcher also entered Lights of Medina, who earned an automatic berth in the Black-Eyed Susan by virtue of her victory in the Weber City Miss April 22 at Laurel Park in her stakes debut.
Churchill Downs-based Torrent comes into the Black-Eyed Susan off what trainer Ron Moquett calls a “deceptively good fourth” after being carried extremely wide in Oaklawn Park’s Fantasy (G3).
“I think she’s going to have a coming out party this race,” Moquett said.
Shimmering Aspen makes her stakes and two-turn debut after winning a pair of sprint allowance races at trainer Rodney Jenkins’ Laurel base. The daughter of Malibu Moon finished third in her first start last August, then easily won a maiden race before being off seven months.
The 122-pound highweight is Dancing Rags, winner of last year’s Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland. In her only start this year, Dancing Rags ran sixth in Keeneland’s Beaumont (G3).
Rounding out the field are Yorkiepoo Princess, winner of three stakes at Aqueduct over the winter but eighth in the Gazelle; Tampa Bay Downs’ Suncoast winner Tapa Tapa Tapa, and Actress.
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