After Mage’s thrilling win in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, all eyes turn to Pimlico and the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Before the Preakness on Saturday, horse racing action gets started with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, a Grade 2, 1 1/8 mile race for three-year-old fillies. 2023 marks the 99th running of the high-profile event.
Coverage of this year’s Black-Eyed Susan can be streamed on Peacock, Friday beginning at 4:30pm ET. Since 1952, the race, originally known as the Pimlico Oaks, has borne the name of Maryland’s state flower, and the Black-Eyed Susan is also the signature cocktail of Preakness weekend.
The morning line favorite is Faiza (7/5), trained by Bob Baffert, who enters Friday’s race a perfect five-for-five in her career. After a two-year suspension, Baffert will also have an entrant in the Preakness (National Treasure), marking the first time he has had a Triple Crown race entrant in his own name since the 2021 Preakness.
When is the 2023 Black-Eyed Susan?
Coverage of the Black-Eyed Susan airs Friday, May 19th beginning at 4:30pm ET on Peacock. Post time is set for roughly 5:44pm.
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Black-Eyed Susan Event Information
- Date: Friday, May 19th
- Time: Coverage begins at 4:30pm ET
- How to Watch/Streaming: Peacock
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2023 Black-Eyed Susan horses, post positions, odds
- Sacred Wish (10-1)
- Pate (20-1)
- Hoosier Philly (10-1)
- Merlazza (6-1)
- Frosty O Toole (15-1)
- Miracle (10-1)
- Comparative (12-1)
- Balpool (8-1)
- Faiza (7/5)
- Taxed (15-1)
- Cats Inthe Timber (30-1)
- Towhead (20-1)
When is the 2023 Preakness Stakes?
The 2023 Preakness Stakes will air the day after the Black-Eyed Susan, Saturday, May 20th
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NEW YORK — Forte, the early Kentucky Derby favorite who was scratched on the day of the race, worked out in preparation for a possible start in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
Under regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr., Forte worked five-eighths of a mile for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher. It was the colt’s second workout since being scratched from the Derby on May 6.
“It seems like he’s maintained his fitness level,” Pletcher said. “It seems like everything is in good order.”
Forte was placed on a mandatory 14-day veterinary list after being scratched from the Derby because of a bruised right front foot. In order to be removed from the list, the colt had to work in front of a state veterinarian and give a blood sample afterward, the results of which take five days.
“There’s protocols in place and we had to adhere to those and we’re happy that everything went smoothly,” Pletcher said. “We felt confident the horse was in good order or we wouldn’t have been out there twice in the last six days, but you still want to make sure everything went smoothly and we’re happy everything did go well.”
Pletcher said Kingsbarns, who finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the Belmont. The colt is showing signs of colic, although he is fine, the trainer said.
Another Pletcher-trained horse, Prove Worthy, is under consideration for the Belmont. He also has Tapit Trice, who finished seventh in the Derby, being pointed toward the Belmont.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge has granted Churchill Downs’ motion for summary judgment that dismisses Bob Baffert’s claim the track breached due process by suspending the Hall of Fame trainer for two years.
Churchill Downs Inc. suspended Baffert in June 2021 after his now-deceased colt, Medina Spirit, failed a postrace drug test after crossing the finish line first in the 147th Kentucky Derby. The trainer’s request to lift the discipline was denied in February, keeping him out of the Derby for a second consecutive May.
U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings ruled in a 12-page opinion issued Wednesday that Churchill Downs’ suspension of Baffert did not devalue his Kentucky trainer’s license. It cited his purse winnings exceeding $1 million at Keeneland in Lexington and stated that his argument “amounts to a false analogy that distorts caselaw.”
Jennings denied CDI’s motion to stay discovery as moot.
The decision comes less than a week after Baffert-trained colt National Treasure won the Preakness in his first Triple Crown race in two years. His record eighth win in the second jewel of the Triple Crown came hours after another of his horses, Havnameltdown, was euthanized following an injury at Pimlico.
Churchill Downs said in a statement that it was pleased with the court’s favorable ruling as in Baffert’s other cases.
It added, “While he may choose to file baseless appeals, this completes the seemingly endless, arduous and unnecessary litigation proceedings instigated by Mr. Baffert.”
Baffert’s suspension is scheduled to end on June 2, but the track’s release noted its right to extend it “and will communicate our decision” at its conclusion.