Preakness weekend is upon us, and today the fillies are on center stage. First run at Pimlico in 1919 and called the Pimlico Oaks, it has long been known as the second jewel of the filly Triple Crown.
It is a Grade 2 event, (since 1976), run at the distance of 1&1/8 with a purse of $500,000.
Walkingwithapurpose, is reportedly walking with a stone bruise, and was an early scratch. Manuka Honey is also a scratch.
The Black-Eyed Susan
The morning line favorite and deservedly so, is Emollient, the Mott–trained Empire Maker filly. Put a line through the very poor effort in the Gulfstream Oaks, this filly rebounded nicely in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland on the poly. She has proven she can run on any surface, and has overcome troubled trips. She gets Mike Smith as her pilot, once again, and she has been working sharply since her last effort.
She looks very tough in here.
Maracuya, though less seasoned, looks like an up and comer. She is just 2 for 2 and is stepping up to a Graded Stakes. Her breeding suggests that the distance should suit her, and she is working the right way heading into this. If she has the quality that it appears that she might have, there is no better rider than John Velazquez, to make all the right moves with her, and give her a chance to beat the favorite.
The last race of the day, the get-out race, is the Hilltop on the turf for 3 year old fillies.
Kitten’s Point is a nice filly who has a Grade 3 win under her belt. Her
on the poly was a good effort despite getting beat 10 lengths. Love it that
Edgar Prado is aboard, he knows the Maryland
tracks better than most.
Summer of Fun could be ready for a big effort. Her 2 year old season was a good one, with a close 3rd in the BCJuviTurf. She has been freshened since March, with only 1 work showing. A little cause for concern…But if all is well, she would be tough.
Emotional Kitten is versatile, with a good late kick and has
maneuver her thru the field.
Le Fascinator won from the 10 hole in
Tampa. She has the services of Johnny V
Drawn widest of all, is Miss Lucky Sevens with Rosie. She is sharp now and going back to perhaps her preferred surface.