The 2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes will precede the Preakness this coming Friday and there are many big names missing from the field. Namely, three of the most popular fillies on the three-year old circuit are electing to skip the race for various reasons. That could leave the door open for another fan favorite.
Conspicuous by their absence is Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, who has been announced for the grade-one Acorn Stakes on June 11th instead. The quick turnaround for Cathryn Sophia isn’t too her liking. She has had at least one month off between races in her career, where she remains 5-0-1 in six starts.
Also missing from the gate will be Songbird, who is still recovering from a battle with a fever. “Each horse is different in dealing with a fever. She got over it in quick fashion. There was nothing abnormal,” noted Dan Ward, an assistant trainer to Jerry Hollendorfer. “Her blood was always good, so it was easy to get over. She’s just happy to be back in training.” There is no timetable for her return to competition but it’s a shame that the champion filly will miss yet another high stakes race.
Rachel’s Valentina is likely back to the drawing board after a disappointing finish at the Kentucky Oaks where she drifted to 6th despite standing as the 7/2 favorite. With three crushing defeats in a row, Todd Pletcher and his team will look to retool the remainder of her season. That means skipping the 2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes.
Go Maggie Go enters the race as the presumed favorite at 5/2, which is based largely on what she’s accomplished over a brilliant career despite a 4th place finish at the Kentucky Oaks. She travelled poorly in that race and struggled immensely with the traffic, which might be problematic for her in the 2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes given that it will host a massive, 14-filly field.
The remaining field will be led by fan favorite Land Over Sea, who placed 2nd for the fifth time in her career. The often-ran product out of Doug O’Neill’s camp is back at it again in what’s been an undeniably busy schedule for her this year. The 2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes will be her 4th race this year after competing five times last year. She is 2-5-0 in all nine starts. It’s hard not to cheer for the efforts of Land Over Sea, who is a strong 2/1 starter and a sentimental pick for all the right reasons.
2016 Black Eyed Susan Stakes (Friday, May 20th @ Pimlico Race Course)
(1 1/8m, $250,000, 3 y/o fillies — Race 11 at 4:50pm EST)
|1||A P Majetstic (PA)||Victor R. Carrasco||116||Michael J. Trombetta||30/1|
|2||Dothraki Queen (KY)||Julien R. Leparoux||120||Kenneth G. McPeek||15/1|
|3||Land Over Sea (KY)||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O’Neill||2/1|
|4||Ma Can Do It (KY)||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||116||Dale L. Romans||30/1|
|5||Go Maggie Go (KY)||Luis Saez||122||Dale L. Romans||5/2|
|6||She’s a Warrior (KY)||Gary L. Stevens||116||Peter Eurton||6/1|
|7||Downdraft (KY)||Angel Cruz||116||James L. Lawrence, II||30/1|
|8||Double Entendre (KY)||Scott Spieth||116||Peter R. Walder||30/1|
|9||Midnight On Oconee (KY)||Gabriel Saez||116||J. Larry Jones||15/1|
|10||Kinsley Kisses (KY)||John R. Velazquez||116||Todd A. Pletcher||6/1|
|11||In the Navy Now (KY)||Trevor McCarthy||116||Michael J. Trombetta||30/1|
|12||Flora Dora (FL)||Junior Alvarado||122||Marialice Coffey||30/1|
|13||Cced (KY)||Florent Geroux||116||Steven M. Asmussen||15/1|
|14||Mom’s On Strike (FL)||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||116||Joe Sharp||15/1|