Tom Jicha

Black Eyed Susan

1. Dancing Rags--Grade 1 winner will appreciate the distance
2. Shimmering Aspen--Locals do well on Preakness weekend
3. Summer Luck--Big weekend for Team Casse?
4. Moana--Maiden to stakes, but who's to question Todd?
Preakness

1. Always Dreaming--No one has been close to him as a 3YO.
2. Classic Empire--Nightmare trip in Derby; juvenile champ could rebound big.
3. Hence--Another who had no chance to show his stuff in Louisville.
4. Lookin at Lee--Needs pace meltdown by top two; could get it

Mark Berner

Black Eyed Susan


1- Lights of Medina
won two straight at route; top fig in last.
2- Shimmering Aspen makes route bow after three sprint wins.
3- Dancing Rags had trouble in needed return; added distance suits.
4- Full House trained sharply and never has finished worse than third.

Preakness

1- Always Dreaming confirmed impressive campaign with very strong Derby win.
2- Classic Empire was game in Arkansas comeback win and still managed fourth in rough-trip Derby.
3- Gunnevera had no chance after getting jammed up early in Derby and should be more effective with less traffic.
4- Cloud Computing has early speed and power which can carry him a long way here.

Indulto

Black-Eyed Susan

1-Dancing Rags – G1 winner for Motion needed her last
2-Summer Luck – Consistently competitive at this level, gets Javier
3-Shimmering Aspen – May never look back seeking fourth in a row
4-Lights of Medina – Pletcher charge looking for third straight

Preakness

1-Always Dreaming – Derby winners usually triumph
2-Classic Empire - Should be much closer in smaller field
3-Hence – Needs fast track for best effort
4-Conquest Mo Money - Skipped Derby for this

John Pricci


Black-Eyed Susan

1-Moana
– Carefully managed campaign; Always Dreaming redux?
2-Full House – Mini-turnback, dynamics, post draw and huge drill could spell upset
3-Shimmering Aspen -
4-Dancing Rags – Grade 1 winner at 2 has disappointed but Motion has come alive and distance suits.

Preakness

1-Always Dreaming – May be breathing rarified air; uber athletic and tireless thus far
2-Classic Empire – Main rival looks all set now; match racing may be his only chance
3-Gunnevera – Needlessly wide in FL Derby and wide again while unable to handle slick strip; best value
4-Cloud Computing - No backward steps, training with a vengeance, has position and Javier

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