Updated on 09/16/2011 7:22AM

McPeek gunning for Maryland's top filly-colt double


BALTIMORE - Trainer Ken McPeek failed in an attempt to sweep the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with Take Charge Lady and Harlan's Holiday, but he will send out the same two this week in an attempt to win both Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for fillies and Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Take Charge Lady is among eight horses who have been entered in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan, a Grade 2 stakes, which, like the Kentucky Oaks, is at 1 1/8 miles. She finished second in the Oaks to the upset winner Farda Amiga.

Also in the Black-Eyed Susan is Chamrousse, who finished third in the Fantasy Stakes in her last start after twice losing to Take Charge Lady in the Fair Grounds Oaks and Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds this winter. Chamrousse will be ridden for the first time by Jerry Bailey. She also carries seven pounds fewer (115-122) than Take Charge Lady.

Louisville-Baltimore shuttle

McPeek's horses are among a number of Churchill Downs-based horses flying to Baltimore from Louisville on Wednesday for stakes engagements this weekend at Pimlico. A Tex Sutton chartered plane will fly two round-trips from Louisville on Wednesday, because all the horses will not fit on one flight.

The first planeload is scheduled to arrive at Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 7:15 a.m. after the short flight from Louisville. Harlan's Holiday, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, and Derby runner-up Proud Citizen are among those scheduled to be on that flight.

The plane will then return to Louisville and pick up a second group of horses, including Derby winner War Emblem and Preakness runners Booklet and Easyfromthegitgo. That flight is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore just before noon. It takes about a half-hour to drive from BWI to Pimlico.

Among those also scheduled to travel to Pimlico from Churchill Downs are Happily Unbridled, who is entered in the star-studded Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff on Friday; Snow Ridge, who is scheduled to run in the Maryland Breeders' Cup for sprinters on Saturday; and Snow Dance, who is scheduled to run in the Gallorette Handicap for older fillies and mares on turf on Saturday.

Outstanding Pimlico Distaff

A full field of 12 was entered in Friday's $150,000 Pimlico Distaff, and while the Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday might siphon away some of the horses entered in this race, it still should be a top field.

Summer Colony, who won six straight races before finishing second in Gulfstream's Rampart Handicap, will be among the favorites if she goes here, though she drew the outside post in the 1 1/16-mile race.

Dancethruthedawn, the filly who won Canada's Queen's Plate last year, landed the rail for her second start of the year. She captured the Doubledogdare at Keeneland on April 18.

Fleet Renee, who has raced just twice since last year's Kentucky Oaks and has not started since September, also has been entered, with Bailey named to ride.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Marty McGee