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Friday, May 15, 2009

Black Eyed Susan Day

I couldn't resist. After David Cassidy took last year's Black Eyed Susan (BES)Stakes (G2) with Sweet Vendetta, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Ahh, PhotoShop.

With this year's suspension of the Pimlico Special (G1), a race won by some great horses like War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Whirlaway, Citation, Cigar and the like, the daily double is switched to the BES/Preakness and away from the usual Special/Preakness double. Could it be the first time it goes filly/filly in the double? By the way, the bet is a $2 minimum this year, so load up the ole ADW.

With the exodus of Ashland (G1) upset winner Hooh Why, I am going three deep in the BES/Preak double with Casanova Move, Don't Forget Gil and Payton D'Oro. Casanova Move is the morning line favorite at 5-2 and looks to be improving with every race for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, with two grade 2 placings in his last two races. The distance looks not to be a problem for this Langfuhr filly. And seeing David Cassidy was a real casanova in the day.....hmm. Don't Forget Gil with Rajeeeeeev (1) in the irons, is my second choice. The NY-bred won the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa in March, and has never missed hitting the board. Finally, Payton D'Oro, who has been drilling some nice works for trainer Larry Jones (maybe the Jones double with Friesen Fire?) and is coming in off three consecutive wins. This is obviously a big step up in class for the Medaglia D'Oro filly, but looks to be ready to roll.

I've been struggling with my Preakness selections for a couple of days now....and still haven't decided who to throw in the mix, but leaning towards Rachel Alexandra, Friesen Fire, Pioneerof the Nile and Musket Man in the double and playing some exotics which I'll finalize tonight. (Update: BES/Preakness Double Will Pays here courtesy twitterer EJXD)

I'll be watching on....umm....ladies and gentlemen....the NTRA (*crickets*). Good luck with ESPN360. Looks like it'll be TwinSpires TV for me at the kitchen table and if they broadcast in the HD like they did on Oaks Day...well then, you have your winner. Good luck everyone.


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