It’s Preakness Day Baby!!!!!!!!!!

Sports and Bets — May 16, 2015 at 7:44 am by

Here we go, babes.  Kentucky Derby champ American Pharaoh is in town with a few of his four legged friends and they’re all set to run the second leg of the Triple Crown.  The mint juleps turn into Black Eyed Susans, the steaks turn into crab cakes, and the seer suckered cocktail party turns into a shirtless running of the urinals competition.  (Okay, so we’ve classed it up a bit around here the past few years, but the rep still holds.)  It’s historic horse racing, Baltimore style.

With some slot money being pumped into purses, money being put into the Maryland tracks by their owner, and with the re-emergence of historic outfits like Sagamore Farm, the sport of kings is enjoying a bit a rejuvenation and a resurgence.   It should be anyway, it’s a great game and the Preakness is one of the biggest sporting events in America.  All eyes on us every 3rd Saturday in May.  It’s a big deal, babes.

American Pharaoh is the main focus of this big deal.  Can this talented colt win today and get one step closer to bringing home the elusive Triple Crown?  He’s fast enough, he’s got the breeding, and he’s got push button speed with a feel for the wire.  Of course, so have plenty of others since 1979, but it’s been since then that we’ve had the jewels unified onto one horse’s head.  American Pharaoh faces a tall order, and we’ll have a front row seat to see if he’s at least up to two-thirds of the task.

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We, of course, are in on all the day’s racing and wagering action.  Black Eyed Susan Day was decent wager wise and we’re operating at a plus budget today. It was a beautiful day at Ol Hilltop yesterday and our seats were fantastic.  Good freakin times, for sure, babes. Hope the showers hold off today for the horses and Childish Gambino.

We begin on Race 4 below.  As always, take these for what you will, and good luck!

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Race 4- James W Murphy Stakes- If you’re one of the seven people who follow our horse racing picks, you know we’re always on the lookout for longshots. Today will be no exception.  The #2 Force the Pass has looked the part of a pro early, winning two of three on the turf. At 5-2 he’s the main threat to win, but he’s no longshot.  That fact sent us to the #3 Bluegrass Singer.  This guy’s been knocking heads with the big boys and he’s a multiple stakes winner.  He raced a pleasant 2nd in his only previous turf try and his recent score off a short freshening is encouraging.  He fits here if he handles the lawn and 10-1 is enticing enough to bring me on board for a quick investment.  Exacta box 2 and 3, and will be adding the #6 in the exacta mix as well.

Race 5- Maryland Sprint Handicap G3-  This race doesn’t warm my cockles and I’m just not blown away with the entries. Don’t get me wrong, #4 Happy My Way is a tremendous sprinter, last year he won this in the midst of 6 straight 100-plus Beyer performances and he won four of those affairs.  But hasn’t won since. He may be the speed of the speed, but I still expect a duel early.  #8 Service for Ten could benefit from that.  Throw our his last, it was on turf, and then check out his work tab for this return to the dirt. It’s quite impressive.  At 12-1 he may be upset minded.  Needs the meltdown upfront and Pimentel may want him a bit closer to the lead early.  Run em down in the lane.

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Race 6- ALW 52K-  #7 Lulu Island gets the nod here in an attempted class hike. New trainer took her to career speed fig and a victory and then put her in the protected ranks.  Love the angle and this horse likes to win.  Love the ones who try tough every time.  Combine with the 6 and the 9 for big dollar exacta dreams.

Race 7- Sir Barton Stakes-  Not thrilled with this race- but we land on the #5 Bold Conquest.  He’s been a punching bag of American Pharaoh of late and he’ll love not seeing that rival in the gate come post time.  May need some pace in this tough one full of Triple Crown nominees, and pilot Santana has to keep him more interested early.  9-2 on a quality animal adds to the appeal. Gotta hustle.

Race 8- AOC 20K-  #7 Arrive’s last race was a disaster, but it was on dirt and it was the first run back after a long break.  I’m throwing it out.  Back on turf now and it’s hard to find fault with his two runs on the grass in 2014.  If he returns to form he’ll be hard to handle.  Hammering in boxed exacta with #10 Loves Last Chance.  Let’s go!!!

Race 9- Gallorete Handicap G3-  Incredibly  intriguing affair offers plenty of value and that’s a good thing for longshot hunters like us. #3 Emotional Kitten is 10-1 currently and on her best day she can handle this field.  Won at the distance four times and trainer Wesley Ward hits at a 30% clip in 2nd off the layoff angle and at 26% when Rosario gets the riders up call.  Solid stats.  Throwing in with the #6 Run of the River (15-1), who finished a game second here at Pimlico in last and #11 Sistas Stroll who has the look of a talented filly at 8-1; she’s encountered some troubled trips and that should keep her odds high.  Boxing all three in exactas and using all in triples with favorites (7,8) and in multi-race wagers.  We hit this and our day will be made.  Raining dollars.

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 Race 10- Chick Lang Stakes-  Taking a stab with the #1 Blame Jim who just crushed an allowance field in last and has been working like tuned up freak.  Don’t love his post but Johnny V can get him in position to stalk the main speed from the rail.  Looks primed for a big effort.

Race 11- The Very One Stakes-  With all this talk of longshot love it’s going to look lame when I pick the #2 Ageless here.  But I like this turf sprinter and she’s this event’s defending champ. Used Keeneland run as a springboard to this last year and looks to do same now.  Won that Kentucky charge in 14 but this year the one she finished second to came right back with another score.; and our girl has to go way wide.  Will be picking off the early speed here with a late run to the wire.

Race 12- The Dixie G2- Boom. Get your ball sack out, because it’s time to really gamble. This field is absolutely loaded and as many as 11 horses have a legit chance of winning this thing.  Time to look for big investment  trees blooming Benjamins and Franklins as flowers. The #10 Manchurian High is in career form and posts the best last out speed fig of this bunch.  He is an absolute freight train in the lane and he enjoys this Pimlico turf.  Needs a bit of pace up front early for his style, but he just might get it and the long Pimlico stretch helps his cause.  15-1 and the presence of Gray Stevens add to the horsey appeal.  Aceeptable to use with several others (1,2,4,9,11,12,13,14) in  the exacta, trifecta, and super combinations of your liking.  Risky business and a make or break race for ol Seabass. Need to see Manchurian High rolling late to the wire.

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Race 13- The Preakness G1-  The big three from the Derby are the big three and frankly, this race isn’t a great betting race.  But as a fan of this beautiful game, I can’t wait to see this group run.  American Pharaoh isn’t worth a win bet at his short odds, so I’ll take a stab with the guy he battled with in the Derby, #8 Firing Line.  Maybe I’ll get 3-1 and Firing Line can stalk the pace from his comfortable outside post.  American Pharaoh may have to go off the git from the rail and tactically that may be an advantage to our guy.  Of course, if you have the feeling that Pharaoh is winning no matter what, then put the Derby champ on top in exactas using Firing Line, Dortmund, or for value, Dividing Rod.  That could get you a better return on your investment.  Plus, it’s always good to root for the possibility of a Triple Crown.  Can AP take the next step??

Good Luck!

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