05/16/2011 9:52AM

Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico lures 7 fillies

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Michael Burns
Mazarine winner Wyomia may be favored in the Black-Eyed Susan.

Wyomia, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland last month, is among the seven 3-year-old fillies entered to run Friday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the anchor of the Preakness eve card at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Julien Leparoux is named to ride Wyomia in the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan, which is to the Preakness what the Kentucky Oaks is to the Kentucky Derby. Trained by Curtis Garrison, Wyomia was beaten a length by Lilacs and Lace in the April 9 Ashland. The daughter of Vindication was assigned post 4.

Other top fillies in the Black-Eyed Susan include Royal Delta (post 1, Jose Lezcano), an eye-catching winner of an April 15 allowance at Keeneland last out; Hot Summer (post 2, Ramon Dominguez), winner of the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct; Buster’s Ready (post 5, John Velazquez), an easy last-out allowance winner at Aqueduct; and Southern California shipper Love Theway Youare (post 6, Joel Rosario), a winner of her last two races on her home circuit.

The rest of the Black-Eyed Susan field is Coax Liberty (post 3, Garrett Gomez) and Art of the Hunt (post 7, no rider).

First post Friday is noon Eastern, with the Black-Eyed Susan (race 10) set for 4:46. The Saturday card will be drawn Wednesday, with first post set for 10:45 a.m.

Here is a quick look at the other highlights of a 13-race Friday card:

* $75,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint (race 5): A full gate of 14 older specialists has been entered in this five-furlong dash, which promises to be one of the best betting races of the weekend if it holds together. Heros Reward, an earner of more than $1.1 million, has Velazquez named to ride in a lineup that also includes such accomplished speedsters as Ju Jitsu Jax, Ben’s Cat, Blue Sailor, and Yield Bogey.

* $31,000 Legends for the Cure (race 7): Dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast-cancer research, this six-furlong allowance is for retired female jockeys and will be limited to eight starters. Among those named to ride are Andrea Seefeldt, Abigail Fuller, Patti Cooksey, and Barbara Jo Rubin. This is the second year Pimlico has carded the "Legends’"race on the Preakness eve card.

* $75,000 Miss Preakness (race 9): This race typically draws a short field, but not this year - 12 3-year-old fillies, including a Wesley Ward entry, will clash at six furlongs in another outstanding wagering event. Dominguez gets the call on the unbeaten local, Bold Affair, who was assigned post 1. Other notables include Sweet Susan, Full Moon Blues, Strike the Moon, Fast Tip, Final Mesa, and R Holiday Mood.

* $75,000 The Very One (race 11): New York shippers Lady Rizzi (Dominguez) and Rose Catherine (Velazquez) look like the ones to beat in the filly-mare counterpart to the McKay. Threetimesawonder, a winner in 4 of her last 6, will ship from Delaware Park for Scott Lake as the one to catch in a well-matched field of 10 turf-sprinting distaffers.

* $75,000 Hilltop (race 13): In a fitting conclusion to what shapes up as a terrific betting card, a full field of 14 3-year-old fillies is scheduled to go 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Excited, a Todd Pletcher filly exiting the Ashland, has Velazquez named as a prominent contender, with the opposition including such capable routers as Mount Holiday, Frontside, Subpoena, Blushandbashful, and Ms Silver Oak.