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OffTrackBetting.com - Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland will be the scene of the G2 Longines Dixie Stakes on Saturday, May 20. Horses three years old and upward will take to Pimlico's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
10 older entries will take to the track in the Dixie Stakes - race 12 on Pimlico's busy Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:39 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 10 entries for this intriguing G2 stakes.
Projected 3-1 - British bred Chad Brown trained gelding has five wins and four runner-up finishes in 13 career starts. He placed in four of his last five starts at home including a second in the Prix Les Experts in France in August but posted a seventh in the Group 3 Prix du Pin in September in his last start there. He has two starts in North America - an Allowance score over the terrific Divisidero last time out at Keeneland April 9 followed an OK fourth in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream in March. Projected has been decent in his career and will be after his first graded/group stakes win from gate 4 Saturday. Joel Rosario has the mount on the tepid morning line favorite.
World Approval 7-2 - Mark Casse trained gelding has seven wins, two seconds and four third place finishes in 19 career starts. He put his name on the radar with a win in July, 2015 in the G3 American Derby and has been decent since. Last time out was an easy 2 1/4 length win in the minor EG Vodka Turf Classic at Tampa Bay April 2 which followed six months away, a disappointing eighth in the G1 Pattison Canadian International in October and an OK third behind The Pizza Man and Wake Forest in the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine September 17. Before that was a seventh in the G1 Arlington Millions August 13, a good win in the G1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park July 3, an OK third behind the terrific Flintshire in the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 11, a second in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic May 7, 2016, another second in the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds in last March and an Allowance Optional Claiming score three weeks before that. He also won the G3 Saranac Stakes in 2015. World Approval has been competitive at times in his career and hopes to build on a good win last time out with Julien Leparoux guiding the second betting choice from gate 2.
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Blacktype 4-1 - French bred Christophe Clement trained gelding has seven wins, three seconds and six third place finishes in 23 career starts. He enters on the heels of a fifth in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland April 14 which followed a second in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19, a third in the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park in October and a nice two race win streak - the G3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park July 31 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 3. He has placed six of his last seven starts overall and hopes to snap a three race losing streak from post 7. Jose Ortiz will be in the irons of the co-third choice.
Ring Weekend 4-1 - defending runner-up in this race returned from a 14 month layoff May 21 of last year for trainer Graham Motion and claimed that very respectable second in the G2 Dixie Stakes but has been up-and down since. Next was an uncharacteristic sixth in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap August 20 and a good win in the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga September 5. He enters this week having failed to place in five of his last six starts - consecutive fourths - last time out in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita March 11 and the G2 Arcadia Stakes on that track February 11 followed a fifth as favorite in the G3 San Gabriel Stakes January 7, a good win in the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar November 26 and consecutive uncharacteristic seventh place finishes - the BC Mile November 5 and the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland October 8. He also holds wins in the G3 Saranac Stakes in September, 2014 and the G3 Hill Prince Stakes a month later. Ring Weekend now has seven wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 23 career starts and enters in typically inconsistent form. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride the other morning line co-third choice from the outside gate 10.
Catapult 10-1 - has eight career starts for trainer Chad Brown with three wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a second in the minor Danger's Hour Stakes at Aqueduct April 9 after a fourth in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes February 11 and a good win in the minor Gio Ponti Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Before that was a third in the minor English Channel Stakes at Belmont Park in October and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga in August. Catapult has hit the board in four of his last five starts overall and hopes to place for the first time in graded stakes action in his third try. Javier Castellano will be in the reins from gate 8.
Security Risk 12-1 - Shug McGaughey trainee has four wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 14 career starts. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday in OK form - last time out was an Allowance score in wire-to-wire fashion at Keeneland April 19 after a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream March 10, a sixth in the minor El Prado Stakes on that track December 17 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Aqueduct in November. He has been good against lesser competition and hopes it translates in his major step up Saturday - from the rail with Florent Geroux aboard.
Top of Mind 15-1 - has five wins, three seconds and a third place finish in 13 career starts for trainer Rodney Jenkins. He won two straight races last summer - the best of which was an Allowance Optional Claiming at Laurel Park in July and went on to a good second in the G2 Commonwealth Turf Cup on that track in September and another Allowance Optional Claiming score at Laurel Park in October. Last time out was a bit of a step back however - a sixth in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22. Top of Mind has been OK and searches for his first stakes score Saturday from post 3. Victor Carrasco rides.
Conquest Typhoon 15-1 - two-time graded stakes winner in 2014 (the G2 Summer Stakes and G3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes) finished fifth in this race last year during a stretch of three straight fifths in graded stakes action. He has been OK since - an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out at Belmont Park May 4 followed a third in an Allowance at Keeneland April 19 and a sixth, a second and a fourth respectively in a trio of Allowance races. Conquest Typhoon has just four wins, seven seconds and two third place finishes in 22 career starts, has been up and down lately and will be after a first graded stakes score in 30 months Saturday. Mike Smith gets the call.
One Mean Man 20-1 - Bernard Flint trained colt has seven wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 22 career starts. He has five stakes wins - the best of which coming in the G3 American Derby at Arlington in July, 2016 - he had three more minor stakes wins last year including the Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds December 31. One Mean Man has failed to place in three of his last four starts ahead of this weekend however - a sixth last time out in the minor Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4 followed a fifth in the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap April 1, an OK third in the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap February 25 and a sixth in the G3 Colonel ER Bradley Handicap January 21. He was good last year but has struggled for the most part this year. He hopes to get back to form when he departs from post 5 with Corey Lanerie guiding him.
Talk Show Man 30-1 - finished eleventh in this race last year and hasn't been much better since. Last time out was a twelfth in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 after an eighth in the minor Richard W. Small Stakes on that track November 14, a fourth in the minor Maryland Million Classic in October and a sixth in the G2 Commonwealth Cup Stakes at Laurel Park last September. Talk Show Man has failed to place in his last seven starts ahead of this weekend and looks as though he will be in over his head Saturday from gate 6. Trevor McCarthy has the mount.
Race 12 on Pimlico's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:39 PM.
|1||Security Risk||12-1||Florent Geroux||Claude McGaughey III|
|2||World Approval||7-2||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|3||Top of Mind||15-1||Victor Carrasco||Rodney Jenkins|
|4||Projected (GB)||3-1||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown|
|5||One Mean Man||20-1||Corey Lanerie||Bernard Flint|
|6||Talk Show Man||30-1||Trevor McCarthy||Hamilton Smith|
|7||Blacktype (FR)||4-1||Jose Ortiz||Christophe Clement|
|8||Catapult||10-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|9||Conquest Typhoon||15-1||Mike Smith||Mark Casse|
|10||Ring Weekend||4-1||John Velazquez||H. Motion|
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