Pimlico Race Course Odds and Picks – The Dinner Occasion Stakes & Extra



FILE – On this Might 15, 2020, file picture, a crew works on placing up a platform close to the primary entrance at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Pimlico, which opened in 1870, is ready to be rebuilt over the subsequent two-plus years. (AP Picture/Julio Cortez, File)

  • Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course options 5 graded stakes
  • The Dinner Occasion Stakes is Saturday’s penultimate occasion
  • How ought to we wager the Dinner Occasion, and discover worth all through Saturday’s card?

Maryland is understood for a lot of issues. From the crabs to seashores, DC suburbs, Naval Academy, Cal Ripken Jr., and Ray Lewis, the Previous Line State has nice character and characters.

Horse racing is an enormous deal within the Mid Atlantic exactly one weekend a yr. The Preakness has been held in Baltimore since 1873. Terrific playing cards are put collectively at Pimlico Race Course on Friday for the Black-Eyed Susan, and Saturday for the Preakness.

This yr Pimlico has 4 graded stakes races main as much as the primary occasion. Let’s have a look at all of them, with explicit consideration paid to the Grade 2 Dinner Occasion Stakes. Can anyone beat huge favourite Sacred Life? Let’s look fastidiously on the odds and think about our choices.

2021 Dinner Occasion Stakes Odds

Horse Odds
Sacred Life +140
Somelikeithotbrown +400
Kuramata +600
Discuss Or Pay attention +800
English Bee +800
Midnight Tea Time +1000
Bye Bye Melvin +1000
Flying Scotsman +1500

Odds as of Might thirteenth

The final race earlier than the Preakness Stakes is scheduled to start out 5:38 pm EST. It will likely be televised by NBC. This mile-and-a-sixteenth grass race contains 4 horses who’ve gained graded stakes races, however not the favourite Sacred Life. Coach Chad Brown sends out the chalk, and inexperienced however intriguing Kuramata.

Initially named the Dixie Stakes, this occasion has taken place yearly since 1870. Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was victorious in 1942.

The Favourite

Sacred Life has been working towards tremendous robust clients just lately. The French bred six yr previous wrapped up final yr with a fourth place end in a Grade 1 race and started this yr with a 3rd in one other Grade 1. He final gained in August.

Whereas the Dinner Occasion has a pleasant discipline, these aren’t Grade 1 high quality horses. Second off a layoff, and stepping down in competitors ought to go well with Sacred Life effectively.

High Contenders

On April 9 Somelikeithotbrown completed seventh in a Grade 1 race that Sacred Life was third in. It was the seasonal debut for each horses. Final yr Somelikeithotbrown completed second on this race, and gained a graded stakes at Saratoga.

You surprise if Somelikeithotbrown was drained by the tip of final yr. He ran 9 occasions together with 4 between early September and mid December. His practically $700,000 in profession earnings are a race excessive.

Kuramata has pocketed a whooping $61,000 throughout an abbreviated three race profession. He completed third in in his debut throughout the pond in late 2019, after which returned to win a maiden race this February at Tampa Bay Downs. His final race was a formidable straightforward victory in an allowance occasion at Aqueduct. Right now might be an enormous step up in competitors, however Brown and proprietor Peter Brant are inclined to have glorious horses.


Final day out Midnight Tea Time beat Bye Bye Melvin by a neck at Keeneland. Whereas Midnight Tea Time has made more cash, and is extra skilled, Bye Bye Melvin has a graded stakes win on his resume.

Bye Bye Melvin might be making his second begin as a 4 yr previous on Saturday, and second begin off an prolonged relaxation for veteran coach Graham Movement. He could also be coming into his personal as an older horse.

Dinner Occasion Stakes Finest Wager

Sacred Life is the category of this discipline. Others on their finest day can actually win, and Sacred Life isn’t precisely an ATM machine (he has misplaced at odds of +400 or much less 4 occasions in eight races since coming to America) however on paper he’s in higher kind a bit of faster than these rivals.

Choose: Sacred Life (+140)

Saturday’s Different Graded Stakes Races

Stand up early for graded stakes pleasure Saturday in Baltimore. Three yr previous sprinters race six furlongs within the Chick Lang Stakes at 11:41 am EST, older ladies go a-mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf within the Gallorette Stakes at 1:28 pm EST, and The Maryland Dash Stakes options older boys going six furlongs at 4:41 pm EST.

Chick Lang Stakes

Maryland bred Jaxon Traveler goes to be a heavy favourite as he appears to be like for a fifth win in six profession tries. Whereas his first three victories got here towards questionable competitors in his dwelling state, final day out he beat a robust stakes discipline at Oaklawn Park.

All 4 wins for Jaxon Treveler have are available wire-to-wire vogue. Rivals Mighty Mischief and Willy Boi ought to guarantee an trustworthy tempo within the Chick Lang.

Willy Boi has three wins in 5 begins however all three victories have been in races restricted to Florida breds. Mighty Mischief was a $225,000 buy and he has gained back-to-back races impressively.

Hemp might be a pleasant value, and if the velocity horses tire one another out he has a possibility to choose up the items.

Choose: Jaxon Treveler

Gallorette Stakes

Imply Mary might be the controlling velocity, and in addition has been working towards the most effective competitors. A winner of 5 races in 9 profession begins, she hasn’t run since ending seventh in November’s Breeders Cup. She gained three graded stakes races final yr.

If somebody challenges Imply Mary early on, maybe Irish bred Flighty Woman could be a issue. She was a winner in her US debut in April and is skilled by Brown, who’s terrific notably on the grass.

Choose: Imply Mary

The Maryland Dash Stakes

A reasonably evenly matched discipline of 11 meet in a race that features only one graded stakes winner. Laki earned that victory over this similar Pimlico observe in October.

Laki is coming off a victory too, however did not get to the road first 4 occasions at quick odds following the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Sprint.

Strike Energy is in good kind. He confronted high horses final day out and completed fourth in a Grade 3 race. He beat Seven Nation Military in a $100,000 non-obligatory claimer in March. Seven Nation Military returned from that defeat to win on April 17 at Oaklawn Park.

Particular Reserve ought to be on the lead and has been robust in three races since coach Mike Maker claimed him.

Frosted Grace is an attention-grabbing longshot. He has been the runner up twice this yr, falling to high horses each occasions.

Choose: Frosted Grace

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