05/16/2012 1:03PM

Pimlico: It's Me Mom looks difficult to catch in Skipat


There may be only seven entrants in Friday’s $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico, but the six-furlong event certainly has more than its share of early speed horses.

Red’s Round Table had a clear lead at the first call in three of her last five starts, and a bad stumble at the start is the only reason she wasn’t on the pace in another. Valiant Passion had control of the pace at the first call in her last two starts. And Afleet Lass was in front at the first call in her last eight starts, twice in sub-22 second opening quarter-miles.

But when it comes to speed in the Skipat, It’s Me Mom is the speed of the speed. It’s Me Mom has been a different race horse since she returned from a layoff last fall, winning 5 of 6 starts. None of those performances was more impressive than her victory last January in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint. Against a solid field that included Musical Romance, last year’s champion female sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner, and Pomeroys Pistol, an accomplished Grade 2 stakes winner, It’s Me Mom put on a dazzling display of early foot. She opened up a clear lead in a flash and extended her advantage at every call to score by almost seven lengths and earn a Beyer Figure of 102. It’s Me Mom matched that field-best Beyer in her most recent start, a decisive score over six males in the Hilton Garden Inn Sprint Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Bold Affair also has good early speed, as she demonstrated two starts back winning the Conniver Stakes in front-running fashion despite a slow start. However, Bold Affair can also rate and win. She showed that winning the Primonetta Stakes last time out, and she earned a 100 Beyer, making her the only other member of this field to have ever earned a triple-digit Beyer.