Stakes races to be contested on the turf course are the feature attractions of the three-day holiday weekend at Pimlico. Post time each day is 1:05 p.m.
Today's headliner is the $50,000 C. Edmund O'Brien Stakes, in which 11 horses will dash five furlongs. Tomorrow's feature is the $50,000 April Run Stakes, with nine fillies and mares slated to race 1 1/2 miles. Monday's Memorial Day highlight is the $75,000 Honor Guard Stakes, which has a large field of 3-year-olds entered to go 1 1/8 miles on the grass.
Dr. Max is the horse to beat in the O'Brien Stakes. The 5-year-old gray-roan son of Dover Ridge made his turf debut in the May 6 Ben Cohen Stakes, in which he finished a game second to Just Call Me Carl. Others to watch are Lou's Bucks, Buying Rain, and Unchained Storm.
Tomorrow's April Run Stakes distance beckons Krisada, a four-time winner on the inner course. Krisada finished third in Keeneland's Grade III Bewitched in her last start. Challenging her will be Polly Jo, who finished second against allowance company at Keeneland last time out.
Twenty-two 3-year-olds were nominated to Monday's Honor Guard Stakes. The race figures to be wide open, with many of the nominees just beginning to test their turf pedigrees. Red Logan, a Red Ransom offspring, and Singapore Thunder, who was sired by Thunder Gulch (the sire of Point Given, last Saturday's Preakness winner), should attract attention.