Go Maggie Go wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
BALTIMORE (AP) Go Maggie Go outlasted Ma Can Do It to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday.
It was the third win in four career races for Go Maggie Go, trained by Dale Romans. After staying near the front for much of the 1 1/8-mile race, Go Maggie Go distanced herself from the competition at the finish to win by 2 1/2 lengths.
Ma Can Do It edged Kinsley Kisses by a head. Land Over Sea, the favorite, finished fourth in the Grade 2 race for 3-year-old fillies.
Doug O'Neill, trainer for Land Over Sea, was hoping the victorywould be part of a highly successful weekend at Pimlico Race Course.
O'Neill is the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who will be seeking to win the Preakness on Saturday. Nyquist will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who was aboard Land Over Sea.
Land Over Sea has only one win in her last eight races.
Earlier, Noble Bird galloped to victory over a small field in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special.
After highly touted Stanford and Page McKenney scratched, Noble Bird became the 4-5 favorite and fulfilled the role by cruising to an 11 1/4-length victory over Idolo Porteno.
Warrioroftheroses took third in the six-horse race.
Also, 10-year-old Ben's Cat squeezed between two horses to win by a neck in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint. Spring to the Sky took second ahead of the favorite, Rocket Heat.
It was the 32nd career victory for Ben's Cat, and fourth straight year he won the five-furlong McKay Sprint.