It’s the calm after the storm. Racing returns to Pimlico one week after the Preakness Stakes. The 50-cent Late Pick 4 remains intact and the Friday, May 26 payout could be rewarding to those who correctly navigate through 38 entries. Here’s a closer look:
PIM 6th race (3:10 EST) -- Many ways to go in this crowded turf test at 1-1/8 miles. TOSS A COIN is the safest play off a third-place finish the last time she ran on the lawn last fall. She finished behind Center Stage, a recent $50k runner-up, and ahead of Chelichna and Nibbles, who finished 2-3 in a recent $25k grass route. QUEEN TAPITURE looms a front-end danger from the rail for the always-dangerous Norm Cash barn. PROPER STORM appears an all-or-nothing type on the big class drop to begin her 5-year-old season. OSA and FEMINISTA broke their maiden going one mile on the turf.
PIM 7th race (3:43 EST) -- WYSOQUIET, whose dam was a stakes-winning sprinter of $179k, and STREET TOUGH, whose dam was a first-out MSW runner-up at Oaklawn, stepped it up a notch in their final preps for good first-out barns. UNDER THE OVERPASS, a $100,000 sales buy, is likely to outrun his workouts for Team Russell despite drawing the difficult inside post.
PIM 8th race (4:16 EST) -- SHASTA STAR overcame a shuffle into the turn and powered past the field to improve to 3-3 on the turf. She gets plenty of pace flow to rally into for a 24 percent ‘repeat’ barn. A GIRL NAMED JAC is a consistent sprinter nearing $200,000 in earnings and she, too, projects the right trip at a decent price. THRETLVLMIDNIT dueled with the 8-to-5 ship-in favorite and ‘gave way grudgingly’ in a longer turf sprint.
PIM 9th race (4:49 EST) – MIZWARRIOR raced in mid-pack but was no threat in the stretch in a one-mile turf race at Tampa Bay Downs that produced a next-out winner and two runners-up. He was claimed by a high-percentage local barn and gets in light-weighted and with Lasix for his return north. LUV YA BYE BYE was disqualified from a win at this level, then dueled hard and gave way in a pair of higher-tagged dirt sprints. He’s back in the proper spot and a must use on the ticket.
Suggested 50-cent Ticket
PIM 6th Race: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8
PIM 7TH Race: 1, 3, 6
PIM 8th Race: 1, 8, 9
PIM 9th Race: 6, 8
Cost for 50-Cent Ticket: $45