BALTIMORE — As trainer of the winner and the runner-up in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Todd Pletcher enjoyed a double-dose of glee Friday.
In Lingerie charged to victory in the $300,000 race, holding off Disposablepleasure to win by 1¼ lengths.
“That was a big effort to run 1-2 like that. I’m pleasantly happy,” Pletcher said. “I think (In Lingerie) made a big step forward to be one of the leaders in her division today.”
When In Lingerie returned to the winner’s circle, she was bleeding from a cut on her lower right front leg. The leg was bandaged by a veterinarian, and the filly was walked back to her barn.
Pletcher later said In Lingerie nicked a blood vessel in her pastern when she stumbled out of the gate, adding, “She’s fine.”
The Grade 2 race is for 3-year-old fillies.
It was the third career win in four tries for In Lingerie, who stumbled early but made up the difference with a deft ride by John Velazquez.
In Lingerie stormed past pace-setter Mamma Kimbo to finish the 1⅛ miles in 1:52.07. The filly was coming off a win in the March 24 Bourbonette Oaks.
In Lingerie paid $9.80, $5 and $4.80. Disposablepleasure returned $7.20 and Wildcat’s Smile, with Rosie Napravik aboard, returned $8.60 to show.
THEORY SHOT DOWN: The “new shooters” are all long shots in the Preakness Stakes today.
The new-shooter angle has long been studied by handicappers analyzing the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The theory holds that new shooters, horses who did not run in the Kentucky Derby two weeks earlier, hold a possible advantage.
For starters, most new shooters are fresher, having had more time to recuperate since their last race. They are also not dinged up, having avoided the 20-horse stampede in the Derby.
Two of the past six Preakness winners were new shooters: Bernardini (2006) and the filly Rachel Alexandra (2009).
Of the 11 Preakness runners this year, five are new shooters: Tiger Walk, Teeth of the Dog, Pretension, Zetterholm and Cozzetti. They are among the longest shots on the morning-line with odds ranging from 13-1 to 30-1.
They all fail the class test. None has won a graded stakes, racing’s key benchmark.
BAILEY ON PACE: Pace in the Preakness has been a hot topic following Bodemeister’s front-running bid in the Derby.
On Friday morning, Jerry Bailey weighed in. The retired Hall of Fame jockey and analyst for NBC has plenty of Preakness experience, having won the race twice.
Bodemeister with Mike Smith aboard went too fast in the Derby on a hot, steamy day at Churchill Downs. He faded to second as I’ll Have Another and jockey Mario Gutierrez galloped past in deep stretch to snatch away the victory.
Most observers, including Bailey, expect to see Bodemeister on the lead today. If Smith can slow the fractions, Bodemeister will be tough to catch.
Bailey isn’t sure that can happen. He envisions another quick pace, if I’ll Have Another or Creative Cause, fifth in the Derby, press the issue in the early stages.
As for Bodemeister, Bailey feels he just needs to go a touch slower.