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2021 Black-Eyed Susan & Pimlico Special Draw Rapid Reaction

by Jeremy Plonk

May 10, 2021

Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan Day program was drawn today at Pimlico, host of Saturday’s 146th running of the Preakness Stakes. Six stakes races are on the Friday docket, led by 10 three-year-old fillies in the Grade 2 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan (Race 13). The mile and one-eighth Black-Eyed Susan will be co-featured Friday along with the Grade 3 Pimlico Special (Race 12).

Horseplayers using the 1/ST BET app and Xpressbet.com will enjoy up to a $10 Money-Back Special on every race Friday and Saturday at if their Pimlico win bet in any race finishes second or third. Tournament players Friday can play an $80 feeder contest into Saturday’s $1,500 live bankroll Preakness Challenge. Visit Xpressbet.com/tournaments for details and to sign up.

The Black-Eyed Susan field is topped by Bourbonette Oaks 1-2 finishers Adventuring (post 9) and Spiritz (post 3), as well as Santa Anita Oaks runner-up Beautiful Gift. Spiritz and Beautiful Gift are expected to be part of the early pace and the former certainly won’t the draw in that regard. Local Win & You’re In qualifier Miss Leslie will leave from post 7.

The Pimlico Special lured 11 runners over its traditional mile and three-sixteenths trip. Major graded stakes winners Modernist and Fearless drew alongside on the fence. Defending champion Harpers First Ride (post 7) represents Maryland’s home team.

Friday’s undercard also includes the Grade 3 Allaire duPont Distaff, Grade 3 Miss Preakness, The Very One Stakes and the Hilltop Stakes. First post Friday will be 11:30 am ET and feature a Black-Eyed Susan / Preakness two-day daily double wager as well as advance wagering on the Preakness.

The post position draw for Saturday’s Preakness will be held Tuesday at 4 pm ET.


1. Modernist (Junior Alvarado)
2. Fearless (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
3. Forewarned (Alexander Crispin)
4. Enforceable (Tyler Gaffalione)
5. Max Player (Ricardo Santana Jr.)
6. Prioritize (Joel Rosario)
7. Harpers First Ride (David Cohen)
8. Cordmaker (Victor Cassasco)
9. Treasure Trove (Luis Saez)
10. Alwaysmining (Sheldon Russell)
11. Last Judgment (Jose Ortiz)


1. Army Wife (Joel Rosario)
2. Willful Woman (Ricardo Santana Jr.)
3. Spiritz (Flavien Prat)
4. Forever Boss (Jose Ortiz)
5. Lady Traveler (Javier Castellano)
6. Iced Latte (Luis Saez)
7. Miss Leslie (J.D. Acosta)
8. The Grass is Blue (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
9. Adventuring (Florent Geroux)
10. Beautiful Gift (John Velazquez)