05/17/2012 5:18PM

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: