05/16/2012 1:53PM

Pimlico: Mamma Kimbo stands out in Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Mamma Kimbo will try to stay perfect in three starts in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.

BALTIMORE – All the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes did last year was produce the 3-year-old filly champion. Royal Delta rolled home by 2 1/2 lengths in the Preakness eve fixture for her first career stakes victory in a 2012 campaign that ended in a Breeders’ Cup win and a divisional Eclipse Award.

It would be unfair to expect any of the nine 3-year-old fillies entered Friday at Pimlico to use the 88th running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan as a similar launching point, but there can be no denying that the 1 1/8-mile race is rife with potential. Mamma Kimbo, an eye-catching winner of her first two career starts, will be a solid favorite in a race that also includes Welcome Guest and the uncoupled Todd Pletcher duo of Disposablepleasure and In Lingerie as major threats.

Mamma Kimbo, owned by the Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure in winning her career debut in February at Santa Anita, then followed it up by getting a 94 in going wire to wire in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park last month; both of those Beyers are higher than what any of the other Black-Eyed Susan fillies have ever earned. Baffert seriously considered the Kentucky Oaks for Mamma Kimbo, before deciding he wanted to give her another two weeks leading up to her third start.

Mike Smith has a return call on Mamma Kimbo, who was assigned post 4.

Lining up right alongside in post 3 will be Welcome Guest, a gray filly who chased home Broadway’s Alibi when second last month in the Comely Stakes at Aqueduct. Broadway’s Alibi came back to run a big second to Believe You Can in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

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“I think our filly has a very bright future,” said Chad Brown, trainer of Welcome Guest. “We’ve given her time to develop, and she’s come along real well. All the contenders in this race are pretty much in the same boat in that they’re lightly raced but have shown a lot of ability. The good thing about our filly is that she’s very tactical. She’s never been around two turns, but she’s shown in both the mornings and afternoons that she’s very manageable mentally. She’ll do whatever you need her to do.”

Ramon Dominguez, a former Maryland kingpin, will be back aboard Welcome Guest.

Pletcher, who trains Broadway’s Alibi, also considered In Lingerie for the Oaks before bypassing it for this spot. He said both of his Black-Eyed Susan fillies have trained well in recent weeks and that he believes Disposablepleasure, a Grade 2 winner, can rebound off two so-so efforts.

“I think the mile and an eighth will suit her well,” Pletcher said. “We’re optimistic that she’ll show up and run her ‘A’ race.”

Disposablepleasure gets Javier Castellano from post 2, and In Lingerie will have John Velazquez aboard in post 7.

Rounding out the Black-Eyed Susan lineup are Glinda the Good, Oaks Lily, Plum, Wildcat’s Smile, and Zucchini Flower. Of those, Glinda the Good might rate the best upset shot, having won two ungraded stakes for the Stonestreet Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra fame.

Historic as it is, the Black-Eyed Susan once was known as the middle leg of an unofficial Filly Triple Crown, surrounded by the Oaks and the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. But that concept has been long abandoned in favor of New York’s own Triple Tiara linking the Acorn, Mother Goose, and CCA Oaks.

The Black-Eyed Susan goes as the 10th of 13 Friday races, with post time set for 4:46 p.m. Eastern.

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2), Post Time: 4:46 ET Friday

Purse: $300,000; 1 1/8 miles





ML Odds


Glinda The Good

S. Asmussen

C. Nakatani




T. Pletcher

J. Castellano



Welcome Guest

C. Brown

R. Dominguez



Mamma Kimbo

B. Baffert

M. Smith



Oaks Lily

T. Hills

J. Leparoux




R. Jenkins

A. Castellano, Jr.



In Lingerie

T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez



Wildcat's Smile

D. Galluscio

R. Napravnik



Zucchini Flower

H. Motion

S. Russell



Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
!st comment I was right!!! pat on my back....lol see below 1st comment
Phil D More than 1 year ago
going with Mamma Kimbo, In Lingerie, Glinda The Good and maybe Oaks Lily for 3rd or 4th hoping a late rally if pace is hot which i think it will
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Steve Hanna More than 1 year ago
Mr. Baffert is a wonderful trainer of young horse, but getting a Discrete Cat to win at 9 furlongs against stakes company is a rough sell. At a short price?
STEPHEN MERCIER More than 1 year ago
is the Pimlico pick 5 carryover a jackpot type bet or a regular type bet?
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
I wish knew the answer it was not available at my "turf" club betting hub in PA yesterday, could be 50 cent pick-4 though, good luck
m4TTz HaHa More than 1 year ago
MAMMA KIMBO will romp this field. Too fast, no one will stay with her. Toss up for 2nd, but I like WILDCAT'S SMILE since she has proven herself at this distance and should get decent betting odds.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Briglia More than 1 year ago
Welcome Guest and In Lingerie are both playable alternatives. If Mamma is way overbet either one could prove tasty at a price.
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
Mamma kimbo is sired by discreet cat, she has absolutely no shot at 1 1/8 trust me they will run her over late.
Gee More than 1 year ago
Odds on Cal shippers haven't faired too well recently except for the 2 standouts . Welcome Guest in this one.