Preakness Stakes

Weekend Plays: Black-Eyed Susan and three G1s the focus

The Black-Eyed Susan contains a deserving favorite in Bonny South, but there is a chance she gets caught in traffic and leaves an opening for a speedier filly.

Four months ago, Miss Marissa made her comeback in an allowance-level Belmont turf route, where she set the pace and faded late to fifth.

In her second start his year, Miss Marissa made use of pressing tactics in a Monmouth allowance and won by three lengths with a ho-hum 91 on TimeformUS.

In the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs, Newspaperofrecord set a mild pace and gave up the lead late for no strong reason to the closer Beau Recall.

Two starts ago, Spectacular Gem won the Kentucky Downs Preview Tourist Mile at Ellis Park by 1 ¼ lengths after contesting the pace early on.

In this spot, Spectacular Gem can press the expected pacesetter Halladay through moderate fractions, or he might lay a few lengths off if another speed horse such as Analyze It takes up the dirty work.

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