We had a fantastic undercard on Saturday leading up to the second leg of the Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes.
The high level racing even produced two new track records: one for 5 furlongs and the other for 8.5 furlongs, both over the Pimlico turf, as we shall soon see.
Let's get to recappping.
The $100K Sir Barton Stakes was won by THE KING CHEEK, ridden by Jamie Rodriguez, trained by Jamie Ness, owned by Morris E. Kernan Jr. and Jagger Inc — in a stretch duel.
The son of LAOBAN led through the first half the race, setting fractions of 24.06 and 47.67, before engaging HOZIER and ultimately out-gaming him to win by a head. HOZIER settled for second, ROMP finished third.
The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth event on the dirt was 1:42.81.
THE KING CHEEK paid $10.40 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.40 to show. He won his third consecutive victory, pushing his earnings to $132,575, while earning his fastest speed figure to shoe.
The $200K Chick Lang Stakes (G3) was won by MIGHTY MISCHIEF, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, owned by William L. and Corinne Helligbrodt — in a wire to wire score.
MIGHTY MISCHIEF set early fractions of 23.16 and 45.97 before fending off the late effort from $1.00-to-win favorite JAXON TRAVELER, who finished second. HEMP was another length back in third.
The final time for the six furlongs on dirt was 1:09.74.
MIGHTY MISCHIEF paid $5.60 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.40 to show. He's the son of INTO MISCHIEF out of WEALTH CREATION by SUPER SAVER. He earned his third consecutive victory and is now officially a graded stakes winner with earnings pushed to $255,200.
The $150K Gallorette Stakes (G3) was won by MEAN MARY, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Graham Motion, owned by Alex G. Campbell JR. — leading every step of the way.
MEAN MARY set early fractions of 25.27 and 50.92, then kicked into high gear in the stretch, spurting away under a hand ride while holding off the late effort by VIGILANTE'S WAY in second. GREAT ISLAND ran third. The final time was 1:43.10.
MEAN MARY paid $3.60 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.10 to show. She is by SCAT DADDY out of KARLOVY VARY by DYNAFORMER. She wins her comeback race, notching her fourth graded stakes victory, while pushing her earnings to $606,160. Her record has improved to 6 wins, 2 seconds from 10 total starts.
The $100K James W. Murphy Stakes was won by T D DANCE, ridden by Javier Castellano, trained by Brad Cox, owned by Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stable, Paul Farr and Team Hanley — in a hand ride.
T D DANCE sat off the pace behind his rivals through opening quarters of 23.28 and 47.61. Once given his cue, he chased down CHARLES CHROME with a good burst of energy, and drew off late down the lane, finishing under a hand ride. ARZAK got up for second, with CHARLES CHROME was third. The final time was 1:34.89.
T D DANCE paid $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. He is by CAN THE MAN out of SHEZ SWEET LEMON by LEMON DROP KID. He earned his second consecutive victory, pushing his earnings to $122,300, while earning his fastest speed figure to date.
The $100K Runhappy Skipat Stakes was won by CHUB WAGON, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., trained by Guadalupe Preciado, owned by Daniel J. Lopez and George Chestnut — in a gutsy score.
CHUB WAGON took a ground saving trip before swinging into action in the stretch and out finishing her rivals to the wire. CASUAL closed from the outside to get up for second. CLUB CAR ran third. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.71.
CHUB WAGON paid $4.40 to win, $3.00 to place, and $2.40 to show. She is by HEY CHUB out of TAKIN THE PLUNGE by LION HEART. She earned her sixth consecutive victory and pushed her earnings to $227,800.
The $100K Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes was won by FIRECROW, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, trained by Ron Moquett, owned by Robert V. LaPenta and Harlow Stables LLC — in a confident score.
FIRECROW tracked the pacesetter THE CRITICAL WAY through swift fractions of 21.92 and 43.95 before overtaking him in the stretch. THE CRITICAL WAY did enough to hold for second, COMPLETED PASS, after a poor break, still got up for third. The final time for the five furlongs on turf was :55.30 — a new track record.
The $150K Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes (G3) was won by SPECIAL RESERVE, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., trained by Michael Maker, owned by Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher — in a clear-cut score.
SPECIAL RESERVE tracked STRIKE POWER through the first half the race, through fractions of 22.94 and 45.38, before seizing command in the stretch and holding off the resurgent STRIKE POWER's second effort. FROSTED GRACE rallied for third. The final time for the six furlongs on dirt was 1:08.91.
SPECIAL RESERVE paid $9.80 to win, $4.80 to place, and $3.80 to show. He is by MIDSHIPMAN out of LOVE SPUN by HARD SPUN. HE's now won three of his last four starts, pushing his earnings to $358,647, while earning his highest speed figure to date.
The $250K Dinner Party Stakes was won by SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN, ridden by Jose Ortiz, trained by Michael Maker, owned by Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC — in a driving finish.
SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN raced up close to the pace set by FLYING SCOTSMAN before taking command in the stretch and holding off late charges by TALK OR LISTEN, who finished second, and MIDNIGHT TEA TIME, who finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth over the turf was 1:40.09 — a new track record.
SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN paid $7.60 to win, $4.80 to place, and $4.00 to show. He is by BIG BROWN out of MARILYN MONROAN by TAPIT. He earns his third graded stakes win and pushes his earnings to $842,838.
The $100K UAE President Cup Stakes was won by PADDYS DAY, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., trained by Ramon Aguayo, owned by Jane R. Teutsch — with rallying score.
PADDY'S DAY raced toward the back of the pack before rallying up the rail and seizing command in the stretch. RB RICH LYKE ME could not match strides with the winner and finished second, QUICK SAND AA finished third. The final time for the one mile and one sixteenth on dirt was 1:54.65.
PADDYS DAY paid $3.80 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by BURNING SAND out of AK LORETTA by VIRGULE AL MAURY. He earns his fifth consecutive victory and pushes his earnings to $749,925.