by Frank Carulli
May 13, 2021
LEG A // PIMLICO, RACE 12 (5:12PM ET) // G3 PIMLICO SPECIAL STAKES // 1 3/16 MILES (DIRT)
FEARLESS, far back in a pair of Grade II route races last year, returned from a long layoff and raced closer to the pace in winning the G-II Gulfstream Park Mile and running second in the G-II Oaklawn Handicap. He is the one to beat as Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher seeks his third Pimlico Special victory in the last eight years. HARPERS FIRST RIDE returns in a new barn for his Pimlico Special title defense. He should sit just off the pace and could spring another upset if trainer Robertino Diodoro's assessment holds true that "he is a completely different horse" after battling recent foot issues.
LEG B // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 (5:20PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 1 1/16 MILES (TURF)
BATUKAHN projects a dream stalking trip after he lacked room on the final turn and ran second at one mile on the main track last out. He earned a competitive speed figure in MSW company at Santa Anita while no threat to a next-out, stakes-placed turf rival two starts ago. WHISKEY TALK raced evenly against 2-to-5 winner Cargo two back, then pressed a faster pace before tiring in a follow-up try at this distance.
LEG C // SANTA ANITA, RACE 4 (5:35PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
MEASUREOFDEVOTION meets mostly 3-year-old rivals in her seasonal debut and her solid work tab includes a 1:01.3 breeze in company with $1.8 million earner Next Shares. She is today's solo play in the Stronach 5.
LEG D // GULFSTREAM, RACE 10 (5:38PM ET) // CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
With morning-line favorite ROYAL ASSET making his first start of the year and the rest of the field a combined 22/1-2-0 on grass this year, spread deep in this leg of the ticket.
LEG E // PIMLICO, RACE 13 (5:44PM ET) // G2 BLACK-EYED SUSAN STAKES // 1 1/8 MILES (DIRT)
Will BEAUTIFUL GIFT negotiate post 10, get more pace flow than in recent starts and remain the only graded stakes winner in the field? Will ADVENTURING draw away for her third win in a row after none of her first four starts were scheduled on conventional dirt? Will ICED LATTE control the pace and carry her speed farther after she repelled the favorite and got caught in a 1-1/16-mile allowance? Will SPRITZ carry over her much improved form from Turfway Park's Polytrack surface? Will WILLFUL WOMAN prove more than an off-track specialist who romped in both starts with Lasix? Take all five horses in hopes of finding the correct answer.
SUGGESTED $1 STRONACH 5 TICKET
Leg A: 2, 7
Leg B: 5, 6
Leg C: 1
Leg D: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
Leg E: 2, 3, 6, 9, 10