Balanced Field Set for Black-Eyed Susan
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2006 8:16 AM
Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 8:39 PM
She's An Eleven is among the likely favorites for Friday's $250,000 Woodford Reserve Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico.
The 1 1/8-mile Black Eyed Susan, for 3-year-old fillies, drew a balanced field of eight.
Trainer John Sadler's She's An Eleven has been first or second in all four starts this season. After breaking her maiden, the California-bred daughter of In Excess
won the restricted $200,000 Melair at Hollywood April 30. She was assigned top weight of 122 pounds.
"She worked brilliantly Saturday," said Sadler of a six-furlong bullet drill in 1:11 2/5 on the Hollywood Park main track.
Sadler said the California-bred filly would be flown to Maryland on Tuesday. She is to be ridden by Garrett Gomez Friday. Sadler said the filly would be his first Pimlico starter.
Baghdaria, also assigned 122 pounds, upset French Park in the Silverbulletday (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs in January for trainer Bret Calhoun. Rafael Bejarano gets the call.
Regal Engagement enters the Black-Eyed Susan off a second-place finish for trainer Tom Bush in Aqueduct's one-mile Comely (gr. II) last month. Ramon Dominguez will ride her.
Smart N Pretty returns quickly following her third-place effort in the 7 1/2-furlong La Troienne (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) undercard.
The Pimlico Special (gr. I) and the Black-Eyed Susan will be televised by ESPN from to 5 to 6 p.m.$250,000 Woodford Reserve Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II, Race 11, 5:11 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/8 Miles)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Crystal Current (KY), 116, Alex O. Solis
2. Regal Engagement (KY), 116, Ramon A. Dominguez
3. Gasia (KY), 120, Larry Melancon
4. Baghdaria (KY), 122, Rafael Bejarano
5. She's an Eleven (CA), 122, Garrett K. Gomez
6. Smart N Pretty (KY), 116, Richard Migliore
7. Red Cherries Spin (KY), 116, (No Rider)
8. Saratoga Drive (KY), 116, Javier Castellano
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