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Lo Duca: My Card for Black-Eyed Susan Day

May 18, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

Black-Eyed Susan Day is almost the forgotten great day of racing on the calendar. It’s not loaded with stakes, but there is always great racing. As the Preakness is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, so is the Black-Eyed Susan for the Kentucky Oaks. There’s a 100% chance of rain on both days in Baltimore, so I handicapped according to the races being muddy. I truly don’t know what they will do for the turf races, but I’ll give you selections for both. Again, always pay attention to the first couple races to see how the track is playing.

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Race 5: The Skipat

Eight fillies will go to the post for the 25th running of the Skipat, and the No. 4, Ms. Locust Point, is your 7-5 morning line favorite. Her weapon is speed, but she broke poorly last time out in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland, and Finley’sluckycharm took advantage. If Ms. Locust Point breaks better, she should be in front, but not without pace pressure from the outside filly, Vertical Oak. With those two going fast up front, the No. 3, Startwithsilver (3-1), should be sitting in the garden spot. Plus, she’s gray, and the one time she ran in rain she jogged to a win. Bet gray on a rainy day to start your day!

Pick: $100 on No. 3 Startwithsilver to win


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Feargal Lynch aboard Lights of Medina reacts after the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

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