One local horse will be going for her third win in as many starts.
One trainer with a history of success at Pimlico Race Course will be looking for his own hat trick.
And one owner, perhaps in absentia, will be looking for victory after months of controversy.
It should be an interesting field for Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico, the featured race of the day leading into Saturday’s 143rd Preakness.
Goodonehoney, who as a 5-1 shot won her first race this year after a bad start by 4¾ lengths in a 6-furlong optional claimer at Laurel Park on March 24. She followed that with an impressive 7-length win in the Weber City Miss at Laurel on April 21 to earn an automatic spot in the Black-Eyed Susan.
Trainer Dale Romans, who won the Preakness with Shackleford in 2011, has won the Black-Eyed Susan twice in four previous starts with Keen Pauline in 2015 and Go Maggie Go the following year. He’ll have two chances Friday, with 7-2 favorite Coach Rocks and and 15-1 long shot C.S. Incharge, the winner of the Suncoast Stakes in February.
“They’re both nice fillies,” Romans said. “C.S. Incharge is an improving filly, and Coach came out of the Kentucky Oaks in good shape. I didn’t like the way she ran [at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby], but we’re going to wheel her right back the same way we did with Maggie. It’d be nice if we got the same kind of finish in the race as we did that year."
One of Coach Rocks’ owners is former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who lost his job this past fall amid the growing FBI investigation in the sport’s corruption and later saw the NCAA vacate his team’s 2013 national championship. Pitino did not attend the Kentucky Oaks, where Coach Rocks finished seventh.