Lemon Muffin Wheels Back For 100th Running Of The Black-Eyed Susan

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GIII Honeybee S. winner Lemon Muffin (Collected), eighth behind Thorpedo Anna (Fast Anna) in last week's GI Kentucky Oaks, will contest the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. Friday at Pimlico Race Course. The field of eight, which was drawn Sunday, also includes Jeanne Marie (Speightster), Ringy Dingy (Dialed In), Call Another Play (Audible), Gun Song (Gun Song), Whocouldaskformo (Uncle Mo), Corposo (Vino Rosso) and Recharge (Gun Runner).

“She has her days when she's up and down and everything,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas of Lemon Muffin. “On her best day, she's a very, very nice filly. But she doesn't always show up every time, so we're hoping that we get one of those days when she does.”

Call Another Play earned her way into the Black-Eyed Susan with a win in Laurel's Weber City Miss S. April 20, her third consecutive win for trainer Mike Trombetta.

“She just finally caught some continuity and she's figuring things out in these two-turn races,” said Trombetta. “She's been able to handle it. She's going to have to step up her game, it's just a matter of how much.”

The Black-Eyed Susan is one of three graded-stakes races on the card Friday at Pimlico to open Preakness weekend. First post Friday is at 11:30 a.m. with the Black-Eyed Susan going off at 5:44 p.m.

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