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2016 Preakness and Black Eyed Susan Fields

Nyquist is looking to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
Nyquist is looking to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

2016 Preakness and Black Eyed Susan Fields

The 2016 Preakness Stakes and Black Eyed Susan fields are now known. Nyquist, the 2016 Kentucky Derby winner, is looking to make it 9 for 9 in his career with a win in the Preakness. Meanwhile, the three year old fillies will be in action on Friday with the Black Eyed Susan.

2016 Preakness Stakes

The 2016 Preakness Stakes will have a field of 11 males going 1 3/16 miles on the main track for the Grade 1 event. The forecast in Baltimore, Maryland is calling for rain on Saturday which will make for a sloppy going. The field of 11 is running for purse of $1.5 million with the top two finishers in the Kentucky Derby returning in Nyquist and Exaggerator with that duo heavily favored over the other nine entrants.

Also entered is the highly regarded new shooter Stradivari, who won his latest race at Keeneland by nearly 15 lengths though he did only beat five horses and there are questions about the quality of that field.

Post time for the Preakness Stakes is scheduled for 6:45 PM Eastern time and is listed as the 13th race on a 14 race card. Free past performances can be found here. The full field can be found in the table below along with the jockey, trainer, and morning line odds listed.

Program NumberHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Cherry WineCorey LanerieDale Romans20-1
2Uncle LinoFernando Hernandez PerezGary Sherlock20-1
3NyquistMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill3-5
4Awesome SpeedJevian ToledoAlan Goldberg30-1
5ExaggeratorKent DesormeauxKeith Desormeaux3-1
6LaniYutaka TakeMikio Matsunaga30-1
7CollectedJavier CastellanoBob Baffert10-1
8LaobanFlorent GerouxEric Guillot30-1
9Abiding StarJ.D. AcostaEdward Allard30-1
10FellowshipJose LezcanoMark Casse30-1
11StradivariJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher8-1

2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes

The Black Eyed Susan Stakes is a full field of 14 fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the main track for a purse of $250,000 in the Grade 2 race. Unlike the Preakness, the forecast for Friday does not include rain. The Kentucky Oaks runner up, Land Over Sea, returns as does the fourth place finisher in that race Go Maggie Go. No other fillies that ran in the Kentucky Oaks are entered in this race.

The 2016 Black Eyed Susan stakes is scheduled for 4:50 PM Eastern time as the 11th race on a 14 race card. Free past performances can be found here. The full field is listed in the table below.

Program NumberHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1A P MajesticVictor CarrascoMichael Tombetta30-1
2Dothraki QueenJulien LeparouxKen McPeek15-1
3Land Over SeaMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill2-1
4Ma Can Do ItBrian Hernandez Jr.Dale Romans30-1
5Go Maggie GoLuis SaezDale Romans5-2
6She's A WarriorGary StevensPeter Eurton6-1
7DowndraftAngel CruzJames Lawrence II30-1
8Double EntendreScott SpiethPeter R. Walder30-1
9Midnight On OconeeGabriel SaezLarry Jones15-1
10Kinsley KissesJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher6-1
11In The Navy NowTrevor McCarthyMichael Trombetta30-1
12Flora DoraJunior AlvaradoMarialice Coffey30-1
13CcedFlorent GerouxSteven Asmussen15-1
14Mom's On StrikeJoseph Rocco Jr.Joe Sharp15-1

Gomo Wins Darley Alcibiades In Slop

Gomo Wins Darley Alcibiades In Slop

Keeneland’s opening day was soured by rain, but that did not stop Gomo from capturing the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades. Her victory gave her points towards the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, but also clinched a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at the end of October.

Put Da Blame On Me was intent on getting the lead early with Ma Can Do It was up close as well. Gomo, as expected, clung close to the rail to save ground and her coveted spot behind the leaders. Little Cherie was fourth, Marquee Miss was fifth, Just Wicked was sixth, and Lookout Sister was seventh. Dream Dance was eight early while Dothraki Queen was ninth, but the first nine horses were within 5 lengths of each other. Princess Kennedy was last of ten, but only 7 lengths behind the leader.

Put Da Blame On Me continued to lead the way and set fractions of 24.34 for the first quarter, 49.43 for the opening half mile, and 1:14.10 for the first six furlongs. Ma Can Do It was content to sit in second while Gomo continued to sit in a great spot. The rest of the field continued to be bunched up, but all plenty of chances to make an impact.

On the far turn, Gomo was switched out from the rail to the outside and she began to motor past the top two. She kicked on home to win by 2 3/4 lengths while Dothraki Queen closed up the inside to finish second. Ma Can Do It was third and Put Da Blame On Me held on to finish fourth.

The remaining order of finish was Dream Dance in fifth, Just Wicked sixth, Marquee Miss seventh, Little Cherie eighth, Princess Kennedy ninth, and Lookout Sister in tenth. Decked Out was scratched from the race and the entire chart can be found here via Equibase.

Gomo ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.55 and went off at 5-1. She paid $12.60 to win, $6.00 to place, and $4.00 to show. She is by Uncle Mo out of the Elusive Quality mare Gentle Audrey. She was ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill.

For the win, Gomo received 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard. Dothraki Queen earned four points to bring her total to 14 points and she is the current leader early on in the Road to the Oaks. Ma Can Do It received her first two points, and Dream Dance her earned her first point.

The Road to the 2016 Kentucky Oaks continues on Saturday with the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes from Belmont Park. That race will be run at a mile on the main dirt track and a preview can be found here on Saturday morning.

2015 Darley Alcibiades Preview

2015 Darley Alcibiades Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on Friday with the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. A field of 11 two year old fillies will contest this race on Keeneland’s opening day.

The Darley Alcibiades will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track with a purse of $400,000. Not only is the race awarding points to the top four finishers to help determine the entrants in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks, but the winner also will be guaranteed a spot in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. That race will be at the end of October at Keeneland as well.

The winner will receive 10 points, second place will receive 4 points, third place will receive 2 points, and fourth place will receive 1 point.

Post time for the Darley Alcibiades is scheduled for 5:30 PM Eastern Time and is scheduled as the ninth of 10 races. Free past performances can be found here by going to Friday, October 2 and looking for race 9 at Keeneland. Entries are provided in the table below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1GomoMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill3-1
2Marquee MissFlorent GerouxIngrid Mason15-1
3Put Da Blame On MeRobby AlbaradoDale Romans15-1
4Decked OutKeith DesormeauxKent Desormeaux20-1
5Ma Can Do ItPaco LopezDale Romans30-1
6Little CherieLuis SaezMike Maker12-1
7Dream DanceBrian Hernandez Jr.Neil Howard12-1
8Lookout SisterJohn VelazquezGraham Motion6-1
9Dothraki QueenCorey LanerieKen McPeek5-2
10Princess KennedyJoe JohnsonGary Hartlage30-1
11Just WickedJose OrtizSteve Asmussen3-1

1. Gomo – She debuted at Santa Anita in early June where she battled for the lead before weakening slightly to finish third by four lengths. That debut race was built on in her second start going a mile on the turf. She went gate-to-wire after setting pedestrian fractions, but she won by 5 1/4 lengths as the heavy 2-5 favorite. After a slight break, she appeared in the Grade 2 Sorrento at Del Mar going 6.5 furlongs on the main track. She had a slow break, but came wide and closed to finish second by 2 3/4 lengths to Pretty N Cool. Her latest race was the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar in early September. She sat off the pace in that race as well and had to go wide in the stretch. She closed stoutly, but could not hold on for place, as she finished third by 1 1/2 lengths. She should be able to protect her rail spot and get a good trip in this race.

2. Marquee Miss – She made her lone start in the Arlington-Washington Lassie and it was a winning one. She sat mid-pack early on and began to improve her position on the turn. As she straightened in the stretch, she was able to continue her run and she won by 3 lengths. It is hard to know if she will like dirt as much as she liked synthetic (her sire Cowboy Cal loved the synthetic tracks and turf), but she will be a solid price. She is worth a look underneath at a nice price.

3. Put Da Blame On Me – Like a few fillies in this race, she is exiting the Grade 2 Pocahontas. She did not run well that day after being close to the lead for the opening five furlongs. She showed speed in her first two races and and may try that again. She could improve in her second route race, but she has her work cut out for her.

4. Decked Out – She won her debut race by coming off the pace after a slow start and then shipped east to Belmont where she was second in the Astoria. Her last two races were at Saratoga in graded stakes competition in the Grade 3 Schuylerville (finished 3rd) and the Grade 2 Adirondack (finished 4th). She too exits the Pocahontas where she pressed the pace and did not have anything in the lane. This will be her second start going two turns, but like her foe to the inside, she has a long way to go to compete against the horses here.

5. Ma Can Do It – She debuted on August 29 at Ellis Park where she stalked the pace. She ended up going wide into the stretch and finished a well beaten second by 6 1/4 lengths. She then was sent to Kentucky Downs for a six furlong turf dash and once again she finished second. Like her debut, she stalked the pace and closed to get the place money by three lengths. This is a tough spot to make her stakes debut, her first route race, and try to break her maiden.

6. Little Cherie – She debuted here at Keeneland on April 15 with a closing move on the outside. She won by 1 1/2 lengths before some time off. She reappeared on August 1 at Mountaineer in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies. She tried to close again, but found some traffic trouble that affected her ability to kick it in and she finished fourth by six lengths. Her latest race was a non-winners of 2 lifetime allowance at Indiana Grand. She sat right behind the pacesetters and kicked past them in the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths. She is another making her two turn debut, but she has the pedigree and is the only filly to have a race (let alone win) over the Keeneland main track. Intriguing horse if she can stalk the pace once again.

7. Dream Dance – She started her career at Churchill Downs in June with a fifth place finish after a slow start. She rallied well in that race, but was no match to the top four. She broke better in her second race and was incredibly unlucky to win, losing by a nose. She got the job done in her third start with a stalking trip and three wide move in the stretch to win by a length and a half. She last raced in the Grade 2 Pocahontas where she rated behind the leaders. She was bothered in the stretch, but still closed to finish third by 2 lengths before a disqualification put her second. She should be better after her first start around two turns and is another longshot that deserves a serious look.

8. Lookout Sister – She made her debut at Delaware Park in mid-July going 5.5 furlongs on dirt. She was able to come off the pace and on the inside to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Her second race was the Grade 2 Adirondack where she tried to stalk the pace again. This time, she did not have any late kick and tired badly to finish fifth by 10 lengths. A return to Delaware in a restricted race put her back in the winner’s circle. She was ridden close to the pace and was able to pull away late to win by 1 3/4 lengths. This will be her first start around two turns, but her pedigree suggests there will be no issues. The only question is can she be good enough?

9. Dothraki Queen – He debut start was in July at Ellis Park going a mile on the good turf course. She broke slow and started her move on the far turn before engulfing the leaders in the stretch on her way to a 7 length victory. She then raced in the oft-referenced Grade 2 Pocahontas and made a similar move to her debut race. She went right around the field and was able to hold on for the win by a half-length. Both her races were impressive and she is deserving of being one of the favorites in this race.

10. Princess Kennedy – She made her first four starts in the Pacific Northwest at Emerald Downs. She was wide throughout in her debut finishing fourth in a field of 8 with a mild rally. Her second race saw her battle off two horses in her maiden breaking score by 2 1 /2 lengths. She stepped up into stakes company her next two starts. In the Angie C, she broke awkwardly, then steadied on the turn, and finished with a nice rally, but missed by a nose. She crushed in her latest race by 8 3/4 lengths with a nice trip behind the speed at 6.5 furlongs. Her race in the Grade 2 Pocahontas left a lot to be desired. She prompted the pace and weakened in the stretch to finish sixth by 6 1/4 lengths. She has to overcome a tough post and will probably need to be rated off the pace if she wants to contend.

11. Just Wicked – She ran 5 furlongs on turf in her debut, but missed by half a length after striking the front in the stretch. She moved to dirt in her second start at Saratoga where she broke on top and then found herself with a good trip behind the leaders. She won up the rail by 1 3/4 lengths while moving on to the Grade 2 Adirondack. She had another good trip off the pace set by Tonasah, but she had to battle down to the wire to finish her off and she won by 1 1/4 lengths. She tried to settle behind the pace in the Grade 2 Pocahontas and she looked like a threat on the far turn. However, she was never a threat in the stretch and finished fourth by 6 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. At 3-1, she is not very appealing given the fact she is wide and struggled in her lone route race.

Selections

This race has a nice mix of potential winning favorites and decent prices to round out the exotics, if not win outright. #9 Dothraki Queen has been impressive in both of her two career races and will probably be making a big move in the stretch once more. #7 Dream Dance finished second to Dothraki Queen last out, but she is a threat to finish in the exacta again with another stalking trip. #2 Marquee Miss has only raced once, but that was a victory in the ungraded Arlington-Washington Lassie at seven furlongs. She should like the distance. #1 Gomo cannot be left off the ticket as she will probably end up with a nice trip along the rail. #6 Little Cherie may also be worth putting on the trifecta or superfecta tickets at the 12-1 morning line price. If she takes to the distance (pedigree says yes) and gets a good stalking trip like her two victories, she could make some noise.

Top selection – #9 Dothraki Queen

2nd selection – #7 Dream Dance

3rd selection – #2 Marquee Miss

4th selection – #1 Gomo

Check back on Friday evening for a recap of the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades.