In Lingerie and John Velazquez take the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
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In Lingerie and John Velazquez take the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
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In Lingerie, Pletcher Top Black-Eyed Susan

Empire Maker filly leads one-two exacta for Pletcher May 18 at Pimlico.

In Lingerie took over at the top of the stretch and held off a late bid from stablemate Disposablepleasure in the late stages, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a one-two finish in the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie took over from favored Mamma Kimbo at the eighth pole and inched away from Wildcat's Smile in the final furlong to earn her second straight graded stakes victory. The 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker scored the Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) in March at Turfway Park in her stakes debut.

John Velazquez guided the lightly raced In Lingerie to a 1 1/4-length win in the prestigious Black-Eyed Susan. They covered 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:52.07.

“She stumbled there, but she got a good position in the first turn," Velazquez said. "I just wanted to get good position into the first turn, and we did and after that it was pretty easy for us.”

Pletcher previously won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes in 2005 with Spun Sugar and 2007 with Panty Raid. Velazquez won the race in 1998 with Added Gold, in 2003 with Roar Emotion and delivered aboard Spun Sugar in 2005.

Disposablepleasure, a grade II winner as a juvenile, rallied late under Javier Castellano after having to check sharply early in the race to get up for second, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Wildcat’s Smile. The Bob Baffert trained Mamma Kimbo, sent off as the even-money favorite, tired to finish fourth after setting fractions of :23.48, :47.37, and 1:12.04 with Mike Smith aboard.

In Lingerie stumbled at the break and was seventh after a half-mile but moved into contention entering the second turn. She closed wide in the stretch and after passing Mamma Kimbo, outfought Wildcat’s Smile in the final furlong.

“That was a big effort to run 1-2 like that," Pletcher said. "I’m pleasantly happy. We were pretty concerned at the start because one of the things Johnny and I talked about in the paddock was that she might have to make a wide sweep. It took her a little while to settle into stride and Johnny had no choice but to put her out pretty wide on the backside.

"I thought at the top of the stretch she was in pretty good shape, and she made a strong run in the stretch. I felt pretty comfortable coming to the sixteenth pole. I think she made a big step forward to be one of the leaders of her division today.”

In Lingerie returned to be unsaddled bleeding from her right foreleg. The injury was wrapped in a bandage in the winner's circle.

"When she stumbled out of the gate she  grabbed herself and I think she just caught a blood vessel in her pastern," Pletcher said. "It was just one of those things, she caught it just right and I think it looks worse than it is. Once we get it cleaned up and get either a suture in there or the blood stopped, I don’t think it will be a big deal. "

The winner was bred in Kentucky by Colts Neck Stables and is out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Chat. Unraced a juvenile, she broke her maiden on the Turfway Polytrack in January, ran second in an optional clamer at Gulfstream Park in February, and returned to Turfway to romp by six lengths in the March 24 Bourbonette Oaks.

He third win in four lifetime starts upped the bay filly's earnings to $262,265.

In Lingerie paid $9.80, $5, and $4.80. The exacta (7-2) returned $61.80 and the trifecta (7-2-8) was worth $423.80.