05/11/2014 5:56PM

Pletcher has two Black-Eyed Susan contenders

Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple graded stakes winner Stopchargingmaria is among 11 3-year-old fillies entered for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

A field of 11 3-year-old fillies, led by the Todd Pletcher pair of Sloane Square and Stopchargingmaria, has been entered in the Grade 2, $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, highlight of the Preakness Eve card Friday at Pimlico in Baltimore.

Sloane Square will be making her first start since finishing second as the favorite in the Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park, while Stopchargingmaria, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be trying to rebound off a fourth-place finish in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Other contenders in a well-matched 90th running of the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan include Joint Return, America, Euphrosyne, and Fortune Pearl.

From the rail, this is the field: Joint Return, America, Shanon Nicole, Stopchargingmaria, Euphrosyne, Arethusa, La Mejor Fiesta, Sloane Square, Fortune Pearl, Vero Amore, and Image of Anna.

The Black-Eyed Susan goes as the 10th of 13 races on a Friday card that starts at noon Eastern and also includes six other stakes, led by the Pimlico Special. The Black-Eyed Susan will lead off a pair of two-day wagers that conclude with the Preakness on Saturday: a daily double, and a new pick three that also includes the Dixie Stakes on Saturday.

The annual Lady Legends (race 3) for retired female jockeys and a series of points races involving Hall of Fame jockeys also are part of the Friday program.

In other races:

* Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special (race 12): Pletcher holds a very strong hand in this one, too, as Golden Lad and Revolutionary are among the nine older horses in this 1 3/16-mile race.

The full field: Valid, Cat Burglar, Moreno, Golden Lad, Carve, Revolutionary, Major King, Prayer for Relief, and Bourbon Courage.

* $100,000 Hilltop Stakes (race 13): Supplementary entries Lucky for You (Pletcher) and Courtesan (Christophe Clement) are among the eight 3-year-old fillies in the nightcap, which goes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

$100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (race 11): Ten 3-year-old fillies go in this six-furlong dash, with Miss Behaviour, Tepin, Sweetmarys Success, and Jo Jo Warrior among the likely favorites.

$100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint (race 9): One of the all-time Mid-Atlantic favorites, Ben’s Cat, faces eight other turf sprint specialists, most notably Great Attack, Wicked Tune, and Spring to the Sky.

* $75,000 Rollicking Stakes (race 7): With eight entered, trainer Wesley Ward has half the field – that’s right, four of them – in this first stakes for 2-year-old on the circuit.

* $100,000 Skipat Stakes (race 5): The first stakes of the day isn’t a bad one at all, with nine fillies and mares led by Lion D N A, Risky Rachel, and Merry Meadow among those clashing at six furlongs.



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P More than 1 year ago
stop charging Maris is a bust
Sean Rice More than 1 year ago
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Guy John More than 1 year ago
Rain all day Friday so this black eyed will most likely be sloppy. America will roll this field. Every good closer that left gulfstream this spring has won in his next start...that's America.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Twin pletcher looozahs here n nobody had the first drink
will More than 1 year ago
uh what?
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Very nice card Pimlico. As a player this is a card I want and would be willing to spend money on. The turf races are deep and you have balance. Racing needs to take a snapshot.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Every triple crown race the day before has similar. Cards. The day before Preakness is actually usually the weakest of the three as far as overall quality of horses. I do agree though this card haslots of spots to land for value. Competitive races.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I just want to bet. Its getting frustrating what is being offered. We are suppose to be the customer right? I'm tired of the BS. Its so unsustainable and need not be. Obviously, the States don't want to bend in order to make the product better for the gambler. It's a respect thing. I give Kudos for attempting on making a card whether or not its of any value. I go back to the race at KNL when Unitarian won. That was the best race I ever saw put together. Horses were fairly matched. Has been very deflating since. All I'm saying is the game is 80% 20% in favor of State and Horsemen. The game needs creative minds it' s so frustrating from my vantage point. You got tracks running awful cards some of which run almost year round.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
If they can avoid bad weather and the usual rash of late scratches they'll be OK.
edb More than 1 year ago
Rain is coming. Better look for mudders. It is a nice card.