A beautiful day at Pimlico will allow Black-Eyed Susan Day to go on with seemingly no problems and a fast track. All 13 races will take place between noon and 5:51 p.m., capped with the Pimlico Special, which has been run just one time since 2007.
Unbeaten but inexperienced Mamma Kimbo will enter the 88th running of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) as the favorite, trained under Bob Baffert, who will also saddle Preakness favorite Bodemeister on Saturday.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle both Disposablepleasure and In Lingerie. He said Disposablepleasure has the talent to win a race like the Black-Eyed Susan, which will hold a nine-horse field, but hasn’t shown it so far in 2012.
“She’s trained all winter like a filly that’s able to win these types of races,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully, she’s rounding into form and it’s just taking a couple starts to get there.”
Today also marks the second annual Female Jockey Challenge, which will showcase some of the world’s premier riders as they attempt to accumulate points during the course of four races Friday.
Emma-Jayne Wilson, the 2011 winner, is back to defend her title. She donated her $10,000 prize to Komen Maryland, a branch of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest organization for breast cancer research.
In addition to the Jockey Challenge, the third annual Lady Legends for the Cure race will be held. It features retired female jockeys, two of whom are breast cancer survivors, and will raise money for community outreach programs in the state as well as for Komen Maryland.
“Not only is it for a great cause, but I think it’s also great for racing,” Mary Wiley-Wagner, who finished her chemotherapy for breast cancer 18 months before her win in last year's event, said. “It’s a great day and a great celebration of Maryland racing and of what people can do when they pull together for a great cause.”
Millionreasonswhy, a product of Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farms, will run in the eighth race of the day, the Miss Preakness. She has won three of the five races she’s entered and finished in the money in all five.