Friday 12The Pimlico Race is the Grade 3 Pimlico Special for children three years and older running one and three-sixteenths mile on the main track (start time 5:10 p.m. EDT).
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Number 1 VINDICTIVE (2-1) is a lightly raced and improving four-year-old colt for Todd Pletcher. He’s 3 for 4 with a tight finish at a mile and an eighth, and he should appreciate the slightly longer distance in this round. The stalker earned an improved speed rating on his winning optional return to Aqueduct on a good track as the favorite on March 25. Irad Ortiz Jr. sent him home twice last year.
The first captain No. 8 (5-1) was always supposed to be a good one for Shug McGaughey. He won his first three starts last year including the Dwyer (G3). Curlin’s son was a flat 3rd in the restricted Curlin Stakes last summer, and returned with a nice extended sprint score in the optional claiming ranks on Feb. 27. He ran last in the Carter (G1) last time out and he adds blinders and stretches to his third start of the year. Luis Saez comes aboard and he has three bullets in his case. He’s never really been a fast workhorse before, so it seems like the blinkers help him focus in the morning.
No. 6 Capocostello (8-1) has been exceptional in Panama and seems to have acclimatized to this country now. He raced like he needed his bow in the United States at Gulfstream Park on January 15 and was the second runaway winner Without fear in the nine-stage Ghostzapper (G2) on April 2. Flavien Prat jumps on board and it’s a good distance for the six-year-old horse.
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