05/15/2016 4:25PM

Land Over Sea among 14 fillies entered in Black-Eyed Susan

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Barbara D. Livingston
Land Over Sea, shown exercising at Pimlico on Sunday morning, drew post 3 for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

Nyquist isn’t the only horse trainer Doug O’Neill is wheeling back in two weeks at Pimlico.

Land Over Sea, second to Cathryn Sophia in the Kentucky Oaks on May 6, heads a field of 14 entered Sunday for Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles.

The Black-Eyed Susan, which goes as race 11, is one of seven stakes on a 14-race card that begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday  billed as “Ultimate Girls Out,” an entire day dedicated to the spirit and strength of women, according to a Pimlico release.

Land Over Sea wasn’t strong enough to handle Cathryn Sophia in the Kentucky Oaks, but she came out of the race in good enough shape that O’Neill opted to ship her to Baltimore along with Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who runs in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“She came out of the Kentucky Oaks really well," O'Neill said. "The challenge with her has always been to keep the weight on, but her appetite has been great since the Oaks."

On Sunday, Land Over Sea two-minute licked a mile from the six-furlong pole over the Pimlico main track. In the stretch, she was striding out, reaching for ground. O'Neill timed her in 1:59 for the mile.

"She really jumps a long ways," O'Neill said.

Land Over Sea, winner of the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks in March, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

Land Over Sea isn’t the only member of the Kentucky Oaks field wheeling back on short rest. Go Maggie Go, who finished a neck and a head behind Land Over Sea while running fourth, is also entered in the Black-Eyed Susan. Go Maggie Go, who won the Gulfstream Oaks for trainer Dale Romans, will break from post 4.

Dothraki Queen, who failed to draw in from the also-eligible list in the Oaks, drew post 2 in the Black-Eyed Susan. Others entered are A P Majetstic, Ma Can Do It, She’s a Warrior, Downdraft, Double Entendre, Midnight On Oconee, Kinsley Kisses, In the Navy Now, Flora Dora, CCed, and Mom’s On Strike.

Stanford, Page McKenney head Pimlico Special

Stanford and Page McKenney, the one-two finishers in last month’s Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, head a field of eight entered for the Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special at 1 3/16 miles.

Stanford, trained by Todd Pletcher for Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore, led the entire way under Javier Castellano while Page McKenney chased him the whole 1 1/8 miles at Charles Town.

Stanford will break from post 2 and carry high weight of 124 pounds while Page McKenney, runner-up to the Pletcher-trained Commissioner in last year’s Pimlico Special, breaks from the rail under Horacio Karamanos and 118 pounds.

Pletcher has also entered Savoy Stomp, who breaks from post 3. Outside of him are Golden Glint, Idolo Porteno, Hesinfront, Noble Bird, and Warrioroftheroses.

Ben’s Cat seeks fifth Jim McKay

Fan favorite Ben’s Cat will seek his fourth consecutive victory in the $100,00 Jim McKay Turf Sprint and fifth overall in the $100,000 race at five furlongs.

Ben’s Cat, 10-year-old gelding by Parker’s Storm Cat trained by Hall of Famer King Leatherbury, won this race in 2011 and finished fifth in 2012. He has won the last three runnings. Overall, Ben’s Cat is 31 for 54 including an allowance win at Laurel on May 1 to begin his 10-year-old campaign.

He drew post 2 and will be ridden by Trevor McCarthy.

Rocket Heat, who won the Turf Sprint at Churchill on May 6, will be the horse to catch and beat under Flavien Prat. Others entered include Rapid Dan, Jack’s in the Deck, Expected Ruler, Night Officer Big Guy Ian, and Spring to the Sky.

Ahh Chocolate tops wide-open du Pont

Ahh Chocolate, who finished third in last year’s Black-Eyed Susan, will try to improve upon that result as one of 10 fillies and mares entered in Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Allaire du Pont Distaff at 1 1/8 miles.

Ahh Chocolate, trained by Neil Howard, ended her 3-year-old season with a victory in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill. She finished third in her two starts this year, the Esplanade at Fair Grounds and the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland.

Savings Account, who beat Ahh Chocolate in the Esplanade, is back in this field as is Mei Ling, winner of the Heavenly Prize at Aqueduct; America, winner of the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm last fall at Belmont; Theogony, Engaginglee, Camille Claudel, Joint Return, Super Majesty, and Tiger Ride.

In other stakes:

  Lost Raven, 3 for 4 sprinting, including two stakes wins, heads a field of 10 entered in the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Preakness at six furlongs.

New York-bred stakes winner She’s All Ready, Moment Is Right, second in the Surfside Stakes at Los Alamitos, and R Girls a Charmer, are among the top challengers.

  Family Meeting, who upset the Jimmy Durante at 37-1 last year, is the lone turf stakes winner in a field of 16 entered in the $100,000 Hilltop for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on turf.

The multiple graded stakes winner Fantastic Style looks a standout in a field of nine entered in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Fantastic Style, who drew post 8, has also been mentioned as a possible starter for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont.

- additional reporting by Jim Dunleavy