Review of Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico on May 17

The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is a Grade II  race for three-year-old fillies at a distance of ​1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. The event currently offers a purse of $250,000

The event was inaugurated in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks and was renamed in 1952 to its present name to complement the Preakness Stakes and to acknowledge the Maryland State flower. The inaugural edition was won by Milkmaid who went on to earn United States Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly honors.

Race 11. Black-Eyed Susan Stakes,( GII). For three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $250,000.   


PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Sweet Diane Jose L. Ortiz Eddie Kenneally 15/1
2 Off Topic John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher 8/1
3 Ulele Joel Rosario Brad H. Cox 15/1
4 Cookie Dough Irad Ortiz, Jr. Stanley I. Gold 3/1
5 Our Super Freak Trevor McCarthy Jamie Ness 20/1
6 Always Shopping Manuel Franco Todd A. Pletcher 4/1
7 Brill Florent Geroux Jerry Hollendorfer 5/1
8 Point of Honor Javier Castellano George Weaver 5/2
9 Las Setas Jevian Toledo Katharine M Voss 15/1

Always Shopping will attempt to extend her win streak to three after winning the Busanda Stakes and Gazelle Stakes (GII), both 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct. After progressing through three maiden special weights, she rallied fifth to win the Busanda and stalked the pace in the Gazelle. She has tactical speed and won both of her stakes starts at this distance.  She should finish in top three.

Las Setas has won the last four of her five total starts, including the  Wide Country, Beyond The Wire, and Weber City Miss stakes. She was on the lead in her four wins. She will be forwardly placed. She should finish on the board.

Ulele will be making her stakes debut in the Black-Eyed Susan for trainer Brad Cox. The Candy Ride filly has won two of three starts this year, and exits a gate-to-wire optional claiming allowance win April 4 at Keeneland over High Regard, who returned to win a similar spot in her subsequent start.

Our Super Freak was second and third, respectively, in the Wide Country and Beyond the Wire, beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Las Setas both times. She needs to improve to have a chance of being on the board. She should be forwardly placed. She has a chance of finishing in top five.

Point of Honor won her first two starts, including the Suncoast Stakes, but did not receive enough points to run in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) when she finished fourth in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII). She should finish in top two.

Cookie Dough, was a runaway winner of two Florida Sire stakes, is looking for her first win against open company after on-the-board finishes in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks. The added distance may cause her some problems. She should be on the board.

Off Topic finished third, beaten two lengths in the Gazelle, her first try both in stakes and at the distance. She was closer than usual in a slow early part and a fast late paced in her last race the Gazelle. She should get a better setup Friday. 

Brill was third in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy (GIII) last out April 12 at Oaklawn Park and finished second in an allowance optional claiming race in March at Oaklawn. The added distance may cause her some problems. She should be on the board.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Point of Honor
  • Always Shopping
  • Off Topic

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