BALTIMORE (AP) — The Canadian-bred Interstatedaydream put on a bold distance run to fend off race favorite Adare Manor to win Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
From the ninth post, Interstatedaydream won for the third time in five career starts and has never been in the money. Jockey Florent Geroux has been aboard the Brad Cox-trained filly for each of her three races this year, finishing with two firsts and one third.
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It’s the first Black-Eyed Susan win for Geroux and Cox.
Interstatedaydream led at the front of the track and many in the Pimlico crowd expected Adare Manor and jockey John Velazquez to take on a challenge. But Interstatedaydream refused to give up the lead and won by 1¼ lengths.
“She ran great,” said owner Staton Flurry. “Flo ran a perfect race and he pulled off the pace just like we expected and she just kicked home and spun home.
In her most recent start, Interstatedaydream tired late and finished third in a Grade 1 stakes race at Keeneland last month. Geroux said he didn’t ride her much differently, but noticed a calm horse throughout the race.
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“She was nice and relaxed,” said Geroux. “I could feel a bit of pressure from favorite Adare Manor but my filly never turned his head.”
Interstatedaydream, who ran 6-1, paid $14.20, $6.40 and $5.00 in this Class 2 race for 3-year-old fillies over a fast track on a warm day in Pimlico.
Adare Manor finished second in the 13 mare affair with Radio Days taking the show spot.
The winning time of 1:48.73 over 1⅛ mile was just behind the Black-Eyed Susan record of 1:47.83 set by Silverbulletday in 1999.
Earlier on the card, First Captain with Luis Saez on board passed even-money favorite Vindictive on the wire to win the $300,000 Grade 3 Pimlico Special by a head. That gave owner Bobby Flay a second win for Black-Eyed Susan, a day after Pizza Bianca won the $100,000 Hilltop.
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