Horse racing fans looking for a local talent to back in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes May 18 may want to pin their hopes on filly Goodonehoney.
The $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan, in its 94th renewal, is the marquee race of the 14-race card ahead of Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course May 19.
The 1 1/8-mile Grade II stakes race is for 3-year-old fillies.
Goodonehoney has a short resume -- just two races, but both were wins at Laurel Park earlier this spring. The only Maryland-bred horse in the Black-Eyed Susan is trained by Jason Egan and ridden by Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton.
Goodonehoney, listed at 5-1 in the early odds, earned her way into the Black-Eyed Susan last month with a first-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Weber City Miss at Laurel when she raced along the rail, held off a challenger and then won by seven lengths in 1:43.49 over a fast main track.
In the Black-Eyed Susan, horse racing followers will also have an eye on two entries trained by Dale Romans. Romans' horses won the Black-Eyed Susan in 2015 (Keen Pauline) and 2016 (Go Maggie Go).
This year, he has Coach Rocks and C.S. Incharge in the race. Coach Rocks won the Gulfstream Park Oaks in late March, and she's making a quick comeback after finishing seventh in the Kentucky Oaks May 4. C.S. Incharge won the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in February.
Midnight Disguise, a New York filly trained by Linda Rice, had a strong start to her 3-year-old campaign with back-to-back wins at Aqueduct Racetrack but finished fourth in the Gazelle Stakes, also at Aqueduct, in April. Midnight Disguise, listed at 4-1 in the early odds, is going with a change of riders in Irad Ortiz Jr.
Sara Street, also listed at 4-1 in the early odds, has a first-place finish and two seconds in her last three outings at Aqueduct. She will be ridden by Dylan Davis and is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
The Black-Eyed Susan features a field of 10 fillies.
The field by post position (jockey, trainer):
1. Tell Your Mama (Javier Castellano, Robert B. Hess Jr.)
2. Midnight Disguise (Irad Ortiz, Jr., Linda Rice)
3. Coach Rocks (Luis Saez, Dale L. Romans)
4. Red Ruby (Paco Lopez, Kellyn Gorder)
5. Mihrab (Jevian Toledo, H. Graham Motion)
6. C. S. Incharge (Luis Saez, Dale L. Romans)
7. Goodonehoney (Steve D. Hamilton, Jason Egan)
8. Indy Union (Jose L. Ortiz, Jeremiah C. Englehart)
9. Sara Street (Dylan Davis, Kiaran P. McLaughlin)
10. Stakes On A Plane (Sheldon Russell, Jeff Talley)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Jockey Club