05/17/2012 6:18PM

Busy Friday Ahead


It's going to be a busy Friday of racing and wagering between the 13-race Black-Eyed Susan/Pimlico Special card at Pimlico and a $319k triple Pick-6 carryover at Belmont Park.

Here are the lineups for the Friday and Saturday cards at Pimlico -- a total of 26 races, 14 of them stakes, though the Preakness is the lone Grade 1 event. And that's not including the $75k "President of the U.A.E. Cup" for Arabian horses, which will be run between Saturday's third and fourth races.

Note that there are only three multirace super-exotics on the Preakness card (two pick-4's and a pick-5), as opposed to six on the Kentucky Derby card (four pick-4's, a pick-5 and a pick-6). Also note that the G3 Gallorette is being run unusually early in the day (11:30 am ET), presumably because it drew a field of only seven before scratches and with Zagora a likely heavy favorite.

At Belmont, winners paying $83.00 and $102.50 on Thursday left only one pick-6 combo alive going into the nightcap, to She is a Lioness, who ran third. So instead of a lone winner at $319,940, that sum will be in the kitty for Friday's sequence, which begins with race 4 at 2:26 pm. Three of the six Pick-6 races are for maiden claimers:


trytrytryx3 More than 1 year ago
danny did u get out to Canterbury last night?
Danny Bredahl More than 1 year ago
Steve, I fail to grasp why you are so focused on these races at Pimlico when it is opening night at Canterbury Park in MN. First post is at 7pm. I look forward to your Pick 4 matrix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1) It's deserves mention that the Pick-5 at Pimlico is of the "Jackpot" variety - where most of the pool carries unless there is one winner (um, that's right, right?) 2) Am I the only one that hears Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love" playing ever so gently in my mind whenever admiring the wonderful assortment of wagering fun that lies ahead on days like the Preakness/Derby/Etc.!?!?
AlydarandEasy More than 1 year ago
rstanzel More than 1 year ago
Friendly reminder to all that Pimlico's Pick 5 is a jackpot wager...which means you take the whole pool if you have the lone winning ticket, otherwise you split small percentage. Saturday the whole pool must be given out.. But wouldn't go crazy on Friday for that reason.
Bill Opalka More than 1 year ago
Steve, I believe the Pick 5 is structured like the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream, with only one winner allowed to take the whole pool. If so, does this mean there is a mandatory payout culminating with the Preakness?
Steven Crist More than 1 year ago
Thanks to you and rstanzel above for pointing that out. Mandatory payout on Saturday (it's Closing Day as well as Preakness Day at Pim) adds some appeal.