Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Pimlico) Predictions, Picks & Betting Odds

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

If you're playing only to win, go with my top pick Beautiful Gift (2/1)

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Post Position and Odds

Check out our predictions and odds for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico!

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 ARMY WIFE 10/1
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J Rosario M Maker
2 WILLFUL WOMAN 15/1
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R Santana Jr. S Asmussen
3 SPRITZ 20/1
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F Prat R Brisset
4 FOREVER BOSS 15/1
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J Ortiz K McPeek
5 LADY TRAVELER 12/1
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J Castellano D Romans
6 ICED LATTE 10/1
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L Saez T Pletcher
7 MISS LESLIE 10/1
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J D Acosta C A Gonzalez
8 THE GRASS IS BLUE 5/1
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I Ortiz Jr C Brown
9 ADVENTURING 7/2
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F Geroux B Cox
10 BEAUTIFUL GIFT 2/1
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J Velazquez B Baffert

Best Bets for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Here are my plays ($60 in total)

$5 Trifecta part wheel – Beautiful Gift over Adventuring and Miss Leslie over Adventuring, Miss Leslie, Army Wife and Iced Latte = $30

$5 Trifecta part wheel – Beautiful Gift over Adventuring, Miss Leslie, Army Wife and Iced Latte over Adventuring and Miss Leslie = $30

Top Pick:

Beautiful Gift (2/1)

Amid swirling controversy, which could ultimately see Medina Spirit disqualified from a win in the Kentucky Derby, his trainer Bob Baffert sends Beautiful Gift to Pimlico as the favored filly in Friday’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

A lightly raced daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Beautiful Gift won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita in March with an impressive late surge, before finishing second behind Soothsay in the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks after a spirited stretch battle in her most recent race. Held out of the Kentucky Oaks for this, she will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Chief among her nine rivals in the 1 ⅛-mile Black-Eyed Susan will be Adventuring from the barn of Brad Cox. A daughter of Pioneer of the Nile, the bay filly has improved in each of her four lifetimes starts. Never out of the money, she won in her stakes debut last time, taking home the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park by two lengths.

Of the rest, The Grass is Blue, a stakes-winning daughter of Broken Vow from the barn of Chad Brown, figures to be the most respected at the betting windows in Friday’s $250,000 feature.

How to Watch the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Information
Race Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Grade 2)
Location Pimlico
Time Friday, May 14 — 5:44 pm Eastern time
How to Watch TVG
Purse $250,000

Race Analysis

Beautiful Gift

This one will take some beating if she can bring her excellent California from east to Baltimore. Third, in her debut at Del Mar last September, the very well-bred filly has improved with each race beginning with a maiden score at Santa Anita in her second career start last fall. She has both good tactical speed, which should come in handy in this race which does not have a lot of early speed, and she also can finish.

Evidence for that came when she flew home late to win the Santa Ysabel two starts back. Proven for class, she followed that up with a solid second in the Santa Anita Oaks. She looked good working recently at Churchill Downs and should be ready to take home her second graded stakes win on Friday.

Adventuring

Here is another sharp stakes horse for trainer Brad Cox. While her only stakes race to date, a nice win in the Bourbonette Oaks, came on the Tapeta surface, her previous two races on the dirt in New Orleans clearly show that she can run on the main track, as well.

She will break just to the inside of the favorite, from the 9-hole, likely making it important that she doesn’t fall too far behind early. I like the California filly better, but this one has the potential to be a good one and must be respected.

The Grass Is Blue

After winning a listed stakes race at Aqueduct during the winter, this Chad Brown-trained filly proved no match for her stablemate Search Results in the last two. While it’s true that Search Results came back with a bang-up performance to be second in the Kentucky Oaks, I still have my doubts about this one as a graded stakes performance.

Miss Leslie beat her early this year and Army Wife finished ahead of her last time. I am looking elsewhere, especially if she goes off as the third choice in here.

Iced Latte

This looks like a tricky spot for her stakes debut, but the well-bred filly could be ready for the step up. A nice winner of her second career start for trainer Todd Pletcher, she was beaten in the Belmont slop last time in an allowance race, but the experience should do her well.

She will get top speed rider Luis Saez in the saddle, and in a race without much early speed, she should be out there early. I really don’t expect her to win this, but she has the look of a filly who can hang around for a piece down the Pimlico stretch.

Army Wife

After three tries on the turf to begin her career, this daughter of Declaration of War has become a pretty consistent performer on the dirt for trainer Mike Maker. She finished last year off with two solid races in Kentucky and came back with a hard-fought allowance race victory at Gulfstream Park.

Last time she had some trouble while third in the Grade 3 Gazelle, but was never going to challenge Search Results. Once again, I think she may be hindered by a lack of early pace, but her consistent rally makes her a good bet to get into the exotics.

Miss Leslie

This local runner has proven to be a handful going two turns in Maryland. In fact, she has won two stakes races going a route of ground, which sandwich a couple of late running defeats in sprint stakes. She has no early speed, which could be trouble if the pace is real slow, but she has come running off moderate paces before.

This will be a class test for the consistent daughter of Paynter, but with good experience over the track, I believe she is a must use in the exotics at attractive odds.

Lady Traveler

A bit up and down for trainer Dale Romans, this daughter of Quality Road has already run in four stakes races and finished second in two of them. In her toughest test, though, she finished up the track in last fall’s Grade 2 Golden Rod.

This year, she has run a couple of decent races in sprint stakes while finishing second and fourth. Overall, it looks like she may be better suited in races shorter than the 9 furlongs of the Black-Eyed Susan. I will take a pass on her.

Willful Woman

This daughter of Nyquist comes into Friday’s race off a nice allowance win at Oaklawn Park. In fact, she has won two out of her last three, but both came on wet tracks. In between those wins, she got her first taste of stakes racing and finished nowhere in the Grade 3 Honeybee.

With a dry track forecasted for Friday, I do not like her chances in this one.

Forever Boss

Like Willful Woman, she comes in off an easy victory, with her victory coming in a race taken off the turf at Keeneland.

It was her first try on the dirt, so it does give hope that maybe she is better on the main track after finally getting the chance, but still, the difference in competition from that one to Friday’s race is big. It wouldn’t shock me if she runs a good race, but I like too many others better.

Spritz

A surprising second to Adventuring in the Bourbonette Oaks last time, she will need to prove that she can perform as well on the dirt.

Her only two previous tries on the main track resulted in nothing good, but in fairness, they came in her first two lifetime starts. She’s bred to handle a distance on the dirt, so perhaps her recent improvement will carry over, but still she looks like a deserving longshot against this tough field.

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