05/16/2013 2:15PM

Pimlico: Chick Lang Stakes is loaded with speed

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City of Weston (left) and Brave Dave finished first and second in the Big Drama Stakes last out and meet again in Saturday's Chick Lang Stakes.

It would be an understatement to say that the early pace of the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes, which goes as the sixth race on the Preakness undercard, figures to be quick. Check out the zip possessed by some of those in this six-furlong event for 3-year-olds:

◗ Bobcat Jim shook loose through an opening quarter in 21.51 seconds when nosed in Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes last time out.

◗ Brave Dave was in command through opening splits of 21.25 and 44.69 when second in the Big Drama Stakes at Calder most recently.

◗ And Zee Bros ... well, he has California speed. When second in his debut at Santa Anita three starts back, Zee Bros was in front through fractions of 21.38, 43.55, and 55.77.

With all that speed, it’s only natural to go looking for a capable closer, and City of Weston fits the bill. The much-improved City of Weston has won three straight on dirt after a runner-up finish on turf.

City of Weston’s streak-starting win was noteworthy because he upset Carried Interest, who won one of the hottest 2-year-old maiden races in New York last summer and remains highly regarded, even if he has finished second in each of his four starts since.

City of Weston got up to win the Sophomore Stakes in Tampa in his next start, and most recently, he was the one who came from well off the pace to reel in Brave Dave in the Big Drama.

Undrafted should work out a good, pace-stalking trip from his outside post and will appreciate the turn back to a sprint on the heels of a surrender in the Blue Grass Stakes last time out. Two starts back, Undrafted finished third in the Swale Stakes, beaten less than two lengths by Clearly Now, who came back to miss in a photo in the Bay Shore. Before that, Undrafted was beaten only a half-length while finishing third in the Hutcheson, where he performed effectively while tracking a hot pace.

Of the speed horses, Zee Bros seems the most dangerous. Not only does he have the potential to be the speed of the speed, he should like the cut back in distance from the mile he went last time in the Derby Trial, which he led to deep stretch before tiring to finish sixth.