HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — May 12, 2021 My inbox is full of questions asking when I’m going to write about perhaps the biggest existential threat to horse racing in the modern era.
In this sport, we call that Wednesday.
Horse Race Insider has written commentary relative to Mr. Baffert not that long after learning that “sudden equine death syndrome” was a thing. I’m a city horseplayer and not a country horseman. Could not imagine such a thing.
That incident was in 2013, several lifetimes ago. And right around the same time, PETA went underground and emerged with video and audio direct from the Steve Asmussen shedrow.
At once, it was fascinating but not the look anyone tethered to the game was hoping for.
While looking at a few stakes on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard, it hit me that things haven’t been going swimmingly in Maryland, either. The dirt surface and backside environment required immediate attention.
Maryland’s Thoroughbred population was moved from Laurel Park to Pimlico Race Course. And they will be there for a minute.
I finally escaped into the past performances and saw a few races on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan undercard from which a few horses revealed themselves. Winners? I hope. Prices? Maybe, maybe not. An assist from the vertical gods would be nice.
The Grade 3 DuPont is a terrific puzzle, If you can find and bet the winner, you will get fair odds in the straight pool on any of three favorites; Horologist (3-1), Spice Is Nice (7-2) or Mrs. Danvers (4-1).
We prefer Horologist, who owns tactical speed, the power to finish it off, and nine furlongs is her friend.
Hope to complete a ninth-race double with Caravel (7-2) in The Very One. The weather is projected clear, the course should not compromise any running style, five furlongs is this filly’s jam and she’s acted on all types of ground. An inside draw and Florent Geroux add confidence. But it’s very competitive.
Dixieincandyland (3-1) and Gotta Go Mo (8-1) are drawn badly but are fast enough to compete and the prices should be fair, is our best guess. Feeling lucky? Price shot Gogo Shoes (12-1) is worth a look.
G3 ALLAIRE DU PONT R8
DESERVING FAVORITE: 5-Horologist (3-1)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 5-Horologist to win at 5-2 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3 Spice Is Nice-5-Horologist-6-Mrs. Danvers (4-1). Super-Exotics Wheel: 3.5.6 //3.5.6 //184.108.40.206
THE VERY ONE STAKES R9
DESERVING FAVORITE: Caravel (7-2)
EARLY LINE VALUE: Caravel to win at 3-1 or greater and/or Gotta Go Mo (8-1) to win at 6-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3-Caravel;11-Dixieincandyland-12-Gotta Go Mo Superfecta Wheel: 3.11.12 //3.11.12 // 220.127.116.11.12 // 18.104.22.168.12 Superfecta Key-Box 3 // 22.214.171.124
G3 PIMLICO SPECIAL
DESERVING FAVORITE: 2-Fearless (9-5)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 1-Modernist (6-1) to win at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1.2.7-Harper’s First Ride (10-1). Exacta Box: 1.2.11-Last Judgment (4-1).
G2 BLACK-EYED SUSAN
DESERVING FAVORITE: 10-Beautiful Gift (9-5)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 1-Army Wife (8-1) to win at 5-1 or greater and/or 8-The Grass is Blue (6-1) at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Key-Box 10 // 1.8.6-Iced Latte (6-1).9-Adventuring (4-1)
Trifecta Key-Box 10 //126.96.36.199
All multiple wagers are at suggested minimums. Straight wagers: $2. The rest is all you.