The Smell of Horsecrap and Money: Pimlico Offers Solid Card Featuring Four Stakes Races

Featured, Sports and Bets — April 19, 2014 at 8:15 am by

The Kentucky Derby field, barring any more defections due to training injuries, is set, so that means we can focus all of our attention on that beautiful old horse track that’ s nestled in between Northern Parkway and W. Belvedere Avenue this weekend.  Old Hilltop will be awaiting our disposable gambling dollars with a nice card that features four stakes races.  To make things even more fun, two of those four stakes races will be run on the turf. Honestly, it’s not always easy to be in love with Pimlico because she doesn’t always love you back, with her cheap claiming races and battered facilities. But when I see cards like this put together for a sunny spring Saturday afternoon, I can’t help but feel some love and a slight twinge of hope for the future of Maryland racing.

Kid Cruz may be the star of the 11 race show Saturday. The 3-year-old colt is running in the Federico Tesio Stakes, and his trainer, Linda Rice, is making it no secret that this race is a possible stepping stone to the May 17th Preakness.  Kid Cruz ran an incredible last to first charge in his last victory in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel. The Kentucky Derby was targeted for Kid Cruz after that awesome performance, but the horse suffered a slight shoulder strain while training.  That forced him to miss his potential Derby prep, the Wood Memorial, so now, without enough qualifying points for Kentucky, Kid Cruz will have to wait until Preakness for a chance at the real big bucks.  Of course, first he has to win Saturday.  More on that later, but here’s the Kid at Laurel…

Last week was a freakin’ mess until the Bluegrass Stakes.  I couldn’t hit a damn thing at Pimlico all day, but when the big race was over at Keeneland, I had nailed it.  Dance With Fate was a $14.80 winner and the exacta with Medal Count paid $127.  It was a nice haul, and it shows why betting on horses is so damn fun.  I lost nine out of twelve races and still had a break even day.  Try doing that with football.

That brings us to this week.  We’re zeroed in on the home track.  Eleven race means there is eleven chances to make cake.  Let’s go get ’em.


Race 1 CLM7500:  Just when I start chirping about how Pimlico has stacked a nice card, I notice this clunker is the opener.  This lowest of low level claimers features a lot of fillies and mares who can’t seem to get out of their own way.  So why not bet a “new shooter”.  The #1 Indian Lark is one-for-one lifetime.  So what if the win produced a 24 Beyer speed figure, a win is a win, right?  This youngster gets Julian Pimentel as a pilot and rated nicely in her win.  At 8-1 she might be a real value against these career losers .  2nd and 3rd- Your Guess, babes.

Race 2 CLM5000:  Speaking of clunkers, here’s race two!   The #2 Cho Time is dropping into the 5K claiming ranks after throwing in a horrible performance in his last, which was an allowance test.  No thanks.  I’d rather take a career claimer who has been running relatively well recently.  Unfortunately, that would be no one in this race.  I’ll put a few action dollars on the #1 Vanna’s Go Point, who has actually never finished first.  She won her only race due to a DQ.  What a mess, but at 4-1 she may get first run at the leaders.  2nd- #2 Cho Time 3rd- #3 Ronto’s Code

Race 3 Maiden 8k:  I’m beginning to rethink my intro to this blog.  I might as well be betting on stray cats running down an alley in Hampden with the quality of the horses so far.  #7 Kid Terrapin  is the horse that actually beat Vanna’s go point but got DQ’ed.  So he’s already won a race, kinda.  We’ll bet him here for shits and giggles.  I’m a Terp, he beat Vanna, and in his last the 3rd place finisher wheeled back a winner.  Key race, babes?  2nd-  #8 Corporate Measure  3rd- #2 Graduated

An alley in Hampden, place your bets:

Race 4 CLM6250:  This competitive affair has some nice track vets entered.  We’ll go with the #3 Cat In A Forest.  Nice recent form, plenty of wins on his resume, and since Juarez has been in the irons this gelding has popped two Beyers above 70.  Can he remain consistent?  At 5-1 we’ll say yes.  2nd-  #1 St Liams Halo  3rd- #6 Cherokee Empire

Here’s Cat In A Forest:

Race 5 Stormy Blue Stakes:  Halfway through the card (almost) and we arrive at the first stakes race.  Man, I’m exhausted already, but this turf sprint looks fun.  If I can get the #6 Miss Behavior at 4-1 or 5-1 I may take a shot.  She’s got the breeding for this short grass affair and her comeback works have been stellar.  But even if I get those good odds it will be tough to beat the two favorites here.  Right now the #3 Tizgale gets the nod.  Blazing fast specialist looks primed here.  Like the fact she’s inside the main rival, the #8, Sweet Emma Rose.  Tizgale can rate or go, go, go.  Speed demons.  2nd- #8 Sweet Emma Rose  3rd- Miss Behavior.

Time for a hot chick pic:

Race 6 MSW40K:  The #3 Corinaisse or  the #5 Nine Tails are obvious picks in this protected maiden sprint.  But I’m looking for a big score and it’s time to hunt for a longshot.  The #2 Charm City Girl is enticing just on name alone, but my attention is on the #7 Just Funnin’ Ya.  In her last, a maiden claiming race, this young miss ran into some severe traffic after a slow start and still almost won.  Now her connections are moving her up into a protected maiden and adding blinkers.  This means she is training lights out and they don’t want to lose her in a claim.  Protected investment and love the angle.  12-1 morning line adds to the appeal.  Longshot special.  2nd- Corinaisse  3rd- Charm City Girl

Race 7 CLM 12500:  We’re on another bomb in this race.  The three favorites in this race are all hard fighting turf veterans who could easily take this race. The #5 Target Sighted, the #10 Rock In Bage, and the #12 My Sonny Boy are all nice race horses who have won multiple times at this level, distance, and surface.  But we are looking elsewhere.  The #4 Hard Drive is going back to the turf after winning a low claimer in the mud last out.  He’s got the breeding for the lawn and he actually posted his best career Beyer on the grass back in September.  Beyers are cycling forward and his last late move was turf-like.  15-1 and we play.  Real risky and we reserve the right to change our mind come post time.  2nd- My Sonny Boy  3rd- Target Sighted

Race 8 Primonetta Stakes:  Back to the stakes game.  This sprint or fillies and mares is loaded and #3 Winning Image is the speed here, but the win machine will have some company out front and pace makes the race, right?  We’ll turn towards the pro #8 She’s Ordained.  Solid career, can stalk the pace and run down Winning Image in deep stretch.  Ordained winner.  2nd- Winning Image 3rd- #5 Frivolity

Race 9 Henry Clark Stakes:  Under Control. This solid mile turfer features a Graham Motion entry that may pop a big one.  Second race off of a layoff and form has been consistent in the big money claim game races down in Florida.  Ships to Maryland for this.  Been working steady and can handle this filed.  Has versatility but we think the gelding will be rolling late.  Also won two out of three at the mile distance.  Player.  2nd- #6 Nutello 3rd- #1 Roadhog


Race 10 Fredrico Tesio Stakes:  Kid Cruz, Kid Cruz, Kid Cruz.  We love this colt and we’re not leaving him now.  As seen above the Kid passed everyone in his last as if they were standing still.  We’ll see how he handle Pimlico with his deep closing style, but I think his recent form suggest big things down the line.  Rice may have a monster here.  Hopefully the shoulder is healthy and he’s ready to roll.  Lack of published work is a little concerning, but if he wins this next he may be a Preakness snooze special.  Bingo baby.  2nd- #5 Undertaker 3rd- Oliver Zip

Race 11 MDN25K:   You’re on your own on this one.  Long day, babes.

Good luck!



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