Notebook: Eddington stages improbable comeback
Mark Hennig-trained Eddington came from last place to win the $500,000 Grade I Pimlico Special on Friday, routing a seven-horse field that included 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide. Eddington, who finished third in last year’s Preakness, beat Pollard’s Vision by 5 1/4 lengths under Eibar Coa’s handride in the 1 3/16-mile race. Presidentialaffair was third, a half-length ahead of Funny Cide. Eddington paid $7.20 for his first Grade I win.
In other stakes races yesterday, hometown pick Silmaril ran down 1-5 favorite Ashado in the stretch to win the $150,000 Grade III Pimlico Distaff Breeders’ Cup. Spun Sugar won the $200,000 Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes as the even-money favorite and Burnish pulled away to claim the $100,000 Grade III Miss Preakness Stakes.
= The Preakness is the last of the six Graded stakes races today at Pimlico. Racing gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Among the races are a $200,000 Grade II that includes two of the nation’s best turf runners, and a six-furlong sprint led by stakes winner Gators N Bears. Four $100,000 races are on the card — the Woodlawn Stakes for 1 1/16-mile on the turf; The Grade III Gallorette Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies and mares; the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton Stakes; and the Grade III, 1 1/8-mile William Donald Schaefer Handicap. The $200,000 Maryland Breeders’ Cup features Gators N Bears and Mark Hennig-trained Primary Suspect; and the Grade II CompUSA Dixie Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, includes Maker’s Mark Mile champion Artie Schiller, Breeders’ Cup Turf champion Better Talk Now and Hollywood Derby winner Good Reward.
4 – Number of post-time favorites who have finished out of the money in the Preakness in the past 34 years.
179.80 — Price paid in dollars for a $2 wager on Gabianna, the winning horse in the 12th race at Pimlico yesterday.