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Mamma Kimbo Headlines Black Eyed Susan Stakes

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Mamma Kimbo, impressive winner of the Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park last time out, tops Friday’s 88th running of the $300,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.

Listed as the 7-5 morning line favorite, Mamma Kimbo is unbeaten in her two career starts. She bypassed the Kentucky Oaks (G1) for Friday’s test. The daughter of Discreet Cat is trained by Bob Baffert for owner Peachtree Stable. The $120,000 Keeneland September graduate was broken and trained in Ocala, Fla., by Eisaman Equine.

Mamma Kimbo rolled to a 5 ¼-length victory in her debut on Feb. 18 at Santa Anita. She sizzled six furlongs that day in 1:07.94. In her second start, she went all the way on the lead to take the Fantasy in April. The Fantasy was her initial try around two turns and was her first race under jockey Mike Smith, who gets the return call.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will be represented with two runners in the Black Eyed Susan. He saddles Disposablepleasure for Glencrest Farm and In Lingerie for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber.

Disposablepleasure, a gray daughter of Giacomo, finished third in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) most recently. She captured the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct as a juvenile.

“To be honest with you, we’ve been a little bit disappointed in both of her races this year,” Pletcher said. “She’s a filly that showed in the Demoiselle that she can compete at this level. She trained all winter like a filly that’s able to win these types of races, yet her fourth and her third were not up to the standards of her training.

“We felt a little bit better after the Kentucky Oaks that the Fair Grounds race was maybe a little bit stronger than it seemed at the time, but she continues to train like a filly that’s better than that,” he added. “Hopefully, she’s rounding into form, and it’s just taking her a couple starts to get there. I think the mile-and-an-eighth will suit her well. “So, we’re optimistic that she’ll show up and run her ‘A’ race.”

In Lingerie, a daughter of Empire Maker, rolled home by six lengths in Turfway Park’s Bourbonette Oaks (G3). The filly was transferred to Pletcher after she was acquired by her current owners following her maiden score at Turfway in January.

“She ran a very credible race the first time we ran her,” Pletcher said. “She missed the break and got some dirt in her face for the first time, and finished up well to a really nice filly, so we were pleased with that.

“We went back to Turfway, and she won pretty convincingly there,” he added. “We flirted with the idea of the Kentucky Oaks, but we felt like, with a filly that had only had three starts, that perhaps this was a better progression for her. She has trained very well.”  

The Black-Eyed Susan field, from the rail out: Glinda the Good (trainer Steve Asmussen, jockey Corey Nakatani, 122 pounds), 12-1; Disposablepleasure (Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, 122), 5-1; Welcome Guest (Chad Brown, Ramon Dominguez, 116), 4-1; Mamma Kimbo (Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 122), 7-5; Oaks Lily (Timothy Hills, Julien Leparoux, 116), 30-1; Plum (Rodney Jenkins, Abel Castellano, 116), 30-1; In Lingerie (Pletcher, John Velazquez, 122), 9-2; Wildcat’s Smile (Dominic Galluscio, Rosie Napravnik, 116), 10-1; and Zucchini Flower (Graham Motion, Sheldon Russell, 122), 10-1.

Mamma Kimbo/Coady photo