05/10/2010 12:00AM

Tidal Pool in 6 spot for Black-Eyed Susan


Super Saver won't be the only favorite who will be coming off a mere two-week layoff when he runs back this weekend with Calvin Borel aboard in a big race at Pimlico. Tidal Pool will be doing the same when Borel rides her as the favorite in the $175,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the highlight of a 13-race Friday card at the Baltimore track.

The Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan drew a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, with Tidal Pool sporting the most impressive recent credentials. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained filly ran second to Blind Luck in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes before finishing third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30, when Blind Luck narrowly bested Evening Jewel in a tight photo.

Tidal Pool was assigned post 6 in the 1 1/8-mile Black Eyed Susan and actually will receive six pounds under allowance conditions, carrying 116 pounds. Four stakes-winning fillies, all of them logical challengers, will share high weight of 122 pounds: No Such Word (post 1, Terry Thompson), Khancord Kid (post 3, Rajiv Maragh), Harissa (post 5, Tyler Baze), and Diva Delite (post 9, Julien Leparoux).

Seeking the Title, Acting Happy, Patriot Miss, and C C's Pal round out the lineup.

The Black-Eyed Susan goes as the 12th race on a Preakness eve program that includes five other stakes, all of them ungraded events worth $70,000. Here is a brief rundown:

* The Very One (race 6): Starfish Bay also runs back in two weeks when she faces a trio of Linda Rice trainees - Ahvee's Destiny, Canadian Ballet, and Lady Rizzi - among a full field of 14 filly-mare turf sprinters.

* Jim McKay Turf Sprint (race 8): Smart Enough and Heros Reward, who have combined to earn more than $1.9 million between them, square off among a field of 12.

* Miss Preakness (race 9): Cuff Me and Argent Affair, both 4 for 6 lifetime, and Kentucky shipper Starlite Starbrite look like the favorites in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in this six-furlong fixture.

* Skipat (race 11): New York shippers Lights Off Annie and Rightly So and locally based All Giving head a field of 11 fillies and mares in a six-furlong race in which several are cross-entered in the The Very One.

* Hilltop (race 13): A well-matched cast of 11 3-year-old fillies includes Worstcasescenario, Joharmony, Smart Seattle, and Potosina going 1o1/16 miles on turf.

Six allowance races and the $25,000 Kattegat's Pride overnight handicap (race 2) make up the balance of a terrific Friday card. First post is 12:15 p.m. Eastern, with the last race, the Hilltop, going at 6:18.

First post Saturday, Preakness Day, is 10:45 a.m. Entries for all Saturday races will be drawn Wednesday.