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Black-Eyed Susan notes: Pimlico Race Course experiences second water main rupture in four days

Sights and sounds of the 94th running of the Blacxk-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun video)

Three days after a serious water main break near the main entrance of Pimlico Race Course disrupted preparations for Preakness weekend, another rupture occurred Friday in the basement of the main building during Black-Eyed Susan Day.

The Stronach Group confirmed the break Friday evening, and said the problem was repaired with water restored to an affected area within one hour.

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“We apologize for the inconvenience to our guests,’’ the company said in a statement. “These types of incidents are unfortunate but expected when dealing with the aging infrastructure of a 100-plus-year-old facility.”

Castellano’s big day

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano already was having a good day before he won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes aboard Point of Honor. He had already won four of the previous five races. A quick review:

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Race 6: Castellano rode Eons for trainer Arnaud Delacour, emerged from a 13-horse field and paid $8.80 to win the Northwestern Mutual “Spend Your Life Living Race.”

Race 7: His second victory came on favorite Chalon in the Skipat Stakes. The 5-year-old mare was racing for the first time in six months and finished ahead of medium long shots Everlasting Secret and Hailey’s Flip.

Race 8: Riding another short-odds horse, Castellano came home on Covfefe in a record Miss Preakness time of 1:07.70 and paid $5.60 in a race that was marred by the death of filly Congrats Gal.

Race 9: His fourth straight win came on another layoff horse. Dogtag was racing for the first time since September and outfinished German-bred Nova Sol and Fashion Faux Pas.

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Race 11: In the feature race, Castellano rode Point of Honor to the Grade 2 victory, holding off surprising Ulele and second-favorite Cookie Dough.

Attendance and handle set records

Black-Eyed Susan Day drew a record crowd of 51,573, eclipsing the previous high of 50,339, set in 2017. The total handle was $22,281,300, surpassing the previous record of $19,895,000, also set in 2017.

Streak ends for Laurel’s Las Setas

Laurel-based Las Setas entered the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes with a string of four straight victories and wins in three straight stakes races, but finished seventh in the eight-horse field. She earned an automatic berth in the race with her victory in the Weber City Miss at Laurel on April 20.

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