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Fri/Sat May 19-20, 2017
Picks and plays for Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Day stakes
by Seth Merrow


Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Pimlico: G1 $1.5mil Preakness

Gunnevera...Still kinda married to this guy. Can't jump ship off the lone dud - which might have been due to the off track.
Always Dreaming...Hard to go past the Derby runners in here.
Classic Empire...Wont be shocked if he gets it done.
Lookin at Lee.

Wager: $5 W on Gunnevera.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.



Saturday

Best Bets

Pimlico: R8 ... exacta box... Total Tap/Dover Cliffs/Yoshida/Adonis Creed.
Pimlico: R8 ... exacta box... Dover Cliffs/Yoshida.


Pimlico: $100K The Very One

Pretty Perfection...Be heard from late - but always a tough task to close in a 5F turf sprint.
Animal Appeal... Big speed - if ready. Trainer going well in NY lately.
Everything Lovely...Dud in this race last year - but fits on best.
Eila.

Wager: $5 WP on Pretty Perfection.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: $200K Chick Lang

Recruiting Ready...Ran well at Oaklawn.
Three Rules...Back to sprinting after knocking heads with leaders of the 3YO division going longer.
Always a Suspect...Off the latest.
Theory.

Wager: $5 WP on Recruiting Ready.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: $100K Murphy

Dover CliffsBecoming a player in the 3YO turf subdivision.
Yoshida...Also capable of playing in this subdivision.
Adonis Creed...Inproving numbers.
Total Tap.

Wager: $5 WP on Dover cliffs.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G3 $150K Md Sprint Hcp

Whitmore...Becoming a top-class sprinter.
AP Indian...Needs to rebound to a top effort.
Classy Class...Last might indicate improvement.
Holy boss.

Wager: $5 WP on Whitmore.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G3 $150K Gallorette Hcp

Elysea's World...Just behind the talented Dickinson in two starts this year. Looks primed.
On Leave...Lightly-raced. Might come back as an improved 4YO.
Cambodia...Certainly capable.
Zipessa.

Wager: $5 WP on Elysea's World.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: $100K Sir Barton

Hedge Fund... Might flatter Preakness-contender Multiplier with a top effort.
True Timber...This might be slightly easier than the last few.
Time to Travel...Should benefit from the two-turn education in the latest.
Honor the Fleet.

Wager: $5 W on Hedge Fund.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G2 $250K Dixie

Blacktype...Hopefully primed to get back to a top effort in second start back.
Ring Weekend...Better than the 2017 record.
Projected...Can't ignore with the big connections and coming off of a nice win.
World Approval.
Catapult.

Wager: $5 WP on Blacktype.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top five.
...$.50 tri box top five.



Friday

Best Bets

Pimlico: R9 ... exacta box ... Our Majesty/Nonna Bella/Too Much Tip/Pretty City Dancer.
Pimlico: R11 ... exacta box ... Moana/Lights of Medina/Actress/Tapa Tapa Tapa.


Pimlico: G2 $250K Black-Eyed Susan

Moana...Could be well primed for this stakes debut.
Lights of Medina...Perhaps a Pletcher exacta. Nice stakes win in latest.
Actress...Maiden certainly seems capable of competing with these.
Tapa Tapa Tapa.
Shimmering Aspen.
Summer Luck.

Wager: $5 WP on Moana.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G3 $150K DuPont Distaff

Terra Promessa...Rebounded last time and looks best here.
Mo' Green...Has run well this year.
Carrumba...Dangerous.
Power of Snunner.

Wager: $5 WP on Terra Promessa.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G3 $300K Pimlico Special

Shaman Ghost...Hard to go past off of the triple-digit Beyer string capped by the Big Cap win last time.
Dolphus...Scratch of Noble Bird makes this guy extra-dangerous on the front-end.
Watershed...In good form.
Noble Bird.

Wager: $5 WP on Shaman Ghost.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top three.
...$.50 tri box top three.


Pimlico: $100K Hilltop

Victory to Victory...Solid.
Compelled...The logical contender.
Dynatail...Eligible to contend.
Happy Mesa.

Wager: $5 WP on Victory to Victory.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: G3 $150K Miss Preakness

Our Majesty...Budding star in this sub-division of 3YO filly sprinters.
Nonna Bella...Back to a sprint.
Too Much Tip...Normally these type of transplants are an automatic toss - but this one is intriguing moving to Ward and shooting bullets in the morning.
Pretty City Dancer.

Wager: $5 WP on Our Majesty.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: $100K Turf Sprint

Ben's Cat...Last year we put him on top and wrote: "Can he win this race for the fifth time?!? His comeback race certain indicates he can." Comebacker this year wasn't quite as good - but still seems good enough to have the old guy primed.
Pay Any Price...Dangerous turf sprinter.
Richard's Boy...SoCal-based runner is a fit with these.
Grand Candy.

Wager: $5 WP on Ben's Cat.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


Pimlico: $100K Skipat

Clipthecouonannie...Starts a new win-streak?
Chantelaine...Ran well at Oaklawn.
Pleasant Tales...Fits.
Summer Reading.

Wager: $5W on Clipthecouonannie.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$.50 tri box top four.


If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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