05/16/2007 12:00AM

Eight stakes on Preakness undercard


BALTIMORE - With the Preakness anchoring a 13-race card Saturday, the secondary features, as usual, will help make it the best card of the year at Pimlico. Eight stakes, including five graded races, augment the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

The undercard stakes on Saturday are:

o Grade 3, $100,000 W.D. Schaefer Handicap (race 11): Flashy Bull, who drew the outside post in a field of nine older horses, looks like the one to beat in the 1 1/8-mile Schaefer. Other top contenders are Ryan's for Real, Hesanoldsalt, and Sunriver.

* Grade 2, $250,000 Dixie (race 10): Einstein, wheeling back in two weeks as the beaten favorite in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard, is a multiple graded winner and the most accomplished runner in a terrific 12-horse field that also includes Can't Beat It, Cosmonaut, Silver Tree, and Remarkable News.

* The $100,000 Barbaro (race 9): Chelokee, who would have been a middling choice in the Preakness, instead looms as a huge favorite under Ramon Dominguez in this 1 1/16-mile race, formerly known as the Sir Barton Stakes. A field of seven 3-year-olds is entered.

* Grade 3, $200,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (race 8): Diabolical, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in his latest start, heads a well-matched field of eight older horses in this six-furlong race. Other notables include Semaphore Man, the Count Fleet runner-up, and two swift local horses, Fleet Valid and Talent Search.

* Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (race 7): Aunt Henny and Precious Kitten, both entered off sharp runner-up efforts in stakes, look like the logical favorites in what shapes up as one of the best betting races of the card. Three other fillies and mares among the 11 entered in this 1 1/16-mile turf test won their last start: High Moment, Roshani, and Feelin the Breeze.

* Grade 3, $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs (race 6): Undefeated Canadian shipper Like Mom Like Sons, with Garrett Gomez up, will go for his fifth victory in this six-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Sports Town was expected to scratch after racing Wednesday at Belmont, leaving seven starters at most.

* The $100,000 Baltimore City Turf Sprint (race 5): Unbridled Sidney, a 6-year-old mare who specializes in these races, will face nine males in this five-furlong race. If she instead runs Friday in The Very One Stakes, Salute the Count, who is 4 for 4 in turf races at this distance, could be the one to beat.

* $50,000 Murmur Farm Starter Handicap (race 13): The program finale drew the biggest field of the day, with 13 older horses going 1 1/16 miles.

Special first post Saturday is 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Four allowance races start off the program.