05/18/2016 11:50AM

Land Over Sea, Go Maggie Go rematched in Black-Eyed Susan

Barbara D. Livingston
Land Over Sea, coming back two weeks after finishing second in the Kentucky Oaks, has run well on similar short rest in the past.

BALTIMORE – Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go were no match for Cathryn Sophia in the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago, but they were only a long neck and a head apart from each other in the $1 million race at Churchill Downs.

On Friday, with Cathryn Sophia tucked neatly away in her barn at Monmouth Park and division leader Songbird pointing to a summer campaign, Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go appear to be the main protagonists in the Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico.

The Black-Eyed Susan, which drew a full field of 14, goes as race 11 on a 14-race card that begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and includes the Grade 3 Pimlico Special and five other stakes. The Black-Eyed Susan is part of several multirace wagers, including a daily double linked to Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes. The Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness double, with a 21 percent takeout, is a $1 minimum wager. The Black-Eyed Susan is the anchor leg of a pick four wager with a guaranteed pool of $300,000 and the first leg of a late pick four with a $400,000-guaranteed pool.

Land Over Sea, a stablemate of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, rallied from 11th and even withstood a minor bump in upper stretch from Mo d’Amour to finish second in the Kentucky Oaks. Land Over Sea has been a finicky eater in the past, according to trainer Doug O’Neill, so it was easy to tell whether she would be ready to run back on short notice.

“In the past, she’s gotten out of her feed tub a little bit, so coming back as quickly as we are, that’s a concern,” O’Neill said this week. “But she’s eating great.”

Land Over Sea, who accompanied Nyquist and several other O’Neill trainees to Baltimore two days after the Derby, has shown good energy in her morning gallops at Pimlico.

“She’s happy in Baltimore,” O’Neill said.

Go Maggie Go was making just her third career start in the Kentucky Oaks. She was steadied at the start but then fell into a ground-saving trip until the top of the stretch, where she had to come six to seven wide. She made a good late run under Luis Saez to finish fourth, narrowly missing second, but never did gallop by Land Over Sea.

Dale Romans, the trainer of Go Maggie Go, said he didn’t initially expect to wheel her back in two weeks, but “she came out of it great. She’s an extremely talented horse who didn’t have the best of it in the Oaks. She could have been second with a clear trip.”

Romans won last year’s Black-Eyed Susan with Keen Pauline.

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On Wednesday, owner Ron Paolucci said that Javier Castellano will pick up the mount on Double Entendre. Scott Spieth had been named.

The Black-Eyed Susan will be part of a two-hour telecast on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Black-Eyed Susan, Race 11


Land Over Sea, by Bellamy Road

Last 3 Beyers: 91-88-88

◗ Though wheeling back in two weeks, she has run well on short rest in the past. She won a maiden race 17 days after finishing second in her debut. She won the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks after running second to champion Songbird in the Las Virgenes.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 3 Land Over Sea. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 27-7-3-5 with a $3.11 ROI over the past two years in dirt routes with horses returning in less than 14 days after a previous start. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Go Maggie Go, by Ghostzapper

Last 3 Beyers: 90-88-76

◗ Got pinched back at the start of the Kentucky Oaks, which may have put her farther behind than originally planned. She saved ground after that before being floated wide in the stretch.

◗ In only her second start and her first around two turns, Go Maggie Go won a soft renewal of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 5 Go Maggie Go. Trainer Dale Romans is 15-4-2-5 with a $3.19 ROI over the past five years in dirt routes with horses returning in less than 14 days after a previous start following a career-top Beyer Speed Figure. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

Kinsley Kisses, by Congrats

Last 3 Beyers: 81-74-76

◗ Kinsley Kisses tries two turns for the first time after winning her first two starts and running third in the Grade 3 Beaumont last out.

“I’ve always been impressed with her as a filly who will appreciate more distance, two turns,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.

◗ Pletcher has won four runnings of the Black-Eyed Susan, including two of the last four.

She’s a Warrior, by Majestic Warrior

Last 3 Beyers: 86-64-71

◗ Though still a maiden, she is coming off a solid effort in the Santa Anita Oaks, where she was beaten four lengths by Songbird but only missed second by a neck.

“She just seems to be getting better,” trainer Peter Eurton said. “The biggest thing is how she handles the trip. She just got there [Tuesday], she ate up well. Hopefully, she composes herself. I think she’ll handle the distance fine.”

◗ Gary Stevens, who won the Black-Eyed Susan with Serena’s Song (1995) and Silverbulletday (1999), has the call.