BALTIMORE | Bob Baffert had the favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday afternoon and lost with Mamma Kimbo. He hopes the same fate doesn’t await him with Bodemeister in the Preakness.
Mamma Kimbo took an early lead but was passed coming around the final turn. Ultimately In Lingerie emerged with the victory. Todd Pletcher was the winning trainer and John Velasquez the jockey.
“I think she made a big step forward to be one of the leaders of her division today,” Pletcher said.
In Lingerie went off at odds of 7-2. Pletcher’s Disposablepleasure finished second, followed by Wildcat Smile and Mamma Kimbo.
In Lingerie stumbled at the start but still managed to win by a 1 1/4 lengths.
“I’m pleasantly happy. We were pretty concerned at the start because one of the things Johnny and I talked about in the paddock was that she might have to make a wide sweep,” Pletcher said. “It took her a little while to settle into stride and Johnny had no choice but to put her out pretty wide on the backside. I thought at the top of the stretch she was in pretty good shape, and she made a strong run in the stretch.”
This was not a simple ride for Velasquez.
“She stumbled there, but she got a good position in the first turn,” he said. “I just wanted to get good position into the first turn, and we did and after that it was pretty easy for us.”