By Joe Bianca
A pair of two-for-two fillies will look to stay unbeaten in a deep renewal of the GIII Miss Preakness S. Friday at Pimlico. Klein Racing’s homebred Good Move (Broken Vow) found no equals in her starts at Oaklawn this winter, airing by six lengths Feb. 16 and repeating with a 4 1/4-length score Mar. 11. Hronis Racing’s Artistic Diva (Munnings) was easily the most expensive offspring of her sire to sell in 2017 when going for $425,000 after a :9 4/5 breeze at OBS April, and she helped validate that price tag with two Southern California scores last term, including a win in the Anoakia S. She makes her sophomore debut in this spot off a string of sharp workouts at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler.
Zayat Stables’ Lezendary (Zensational) owns the highest Beyer figure in the field, having run an 85 in conquering the Cicada S. last out Mar. 25 at Aqueduct. Merriebelle Stable and Coolmore’s Happy Like a Fool (Distorted Humor), second in the G2 Queen Mary S. last summer at Royal Ascot, returned to capture the GIII Matron S. last fall, but found the competition a bit steep when fourth last out in the GIII Beaumont S. Apr. 8 at Keeneland. Chadds Ford Stable’s Almond Roca (Speightstown) is logical getting back on dirt for trainer Graham Motion. The chestnut dominated the Sandpiper S. Dec. 16 at Tampa and repeated in that oval’s Gasparilla S. Jan. 20 before fading to finish sixth in the grassy GIII Florida Oaks last out Mar. 10 in Oldsmar.