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Friday, May 19, 2006

Preakness card strong, Marine sinks

Highlighted by Barbaro's attempt to pick up the second jewel of the American Triple crown in the Preakness Stakes (post time 6:05 p.m.), Saturday's racing action at Pimlico features some super betting opportunities and a big card of races.
Numerous stakes events on the afternoon offer plenty of interesting possibilities if you are betting or just a spectator.
A favourite race of this corner's is a turf sprint and those specialists gather in race 5 with SECOND IN COMMAND looking like the winner.
Darley Stud's exciting speedster SONGSTER is in the 6th race while his stablemate BERNARDINI has to be considered the colt with the best chance to upset Barbaro in the Preakness.
Woodbine fans made recognize the suddenly impressive RECKLESS WAYS in the Grade 3 W. Donald Schaeffer Handicap (Race 11). The grey gelding was competing at Woodbine for $18,000 claiming last year for trainer Stanley Baresich before being claimed by Greenoaks Farm.
Greenaoks then lost the gelding via a claim on December 26 and for his new interest, Reckless Ways has won 5 consecutive races including one with a 101 Beyer Figure. Wow!

At Woodbine, the Marine Stakes barely stayed afloat with just five entries. The "Queen's Plate prep" has lured four American-breds and only one Plate eligible - Malakoff. Bear Stable's BEAR CHARACTER and New York invader THRONG, sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher, are sure to dominate the 1 1/16 mile race.


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