Thursday opens up the doors to some of the bigger tracks across the United States. Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and Pimlico are all in action. Pimlico kicks off their Preakness meet on Thursday with eight races in Baltimore. The short fall meet will be highlighted by the Preakness Stakes next Saturday, which features Kentucky Derby winner, Authentic. Following Preakness Day, Pimlico will go dark for the rest of the year. While Pimlico won’t have a full month or two of racing, the Preakness Stakes should provide a nice kick for the betting handle.
This weekend is a relatively small card for Pimlico. The backside shouldn’t be too busy until horses start arriving this week in anticipation of Preakness Day. Unfortunately, Tiz the Law will not be present at Pimlico next weekend. We were eagerly awaiting word from Barclay Tagg on whether Tiz the Law would get the starting nod, but he’ll sit this one out and focus on the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. There’s no use wasting a start on him if he isn’t ready, so it might be for the better.
Pimlico has eight races on the schedule worth $208,000 on Thursday. There are three horses that I will go with on this card, which begins early in the afternoon. Head below for our free Pimlico pick for September 24, 2020.
Post Time: 1:13 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 2 will get us going at Pimlico on Thursday. A modest purse of $15,000 will be on offer for 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. I think this is between Glengar and Lucid Dream in the stretch. I’ve been on Glengar in the past. It was on June 22 when Glengar won as a 7/2 horse at Delaware Park to end a six-race losing streak.
Since then, Glengar has finished 5th, 1st, 3rd in his previous three events. Glengar was a winner by a neck over Relishment as a slight favorite on July 25 in a $16,000 event. He followed up for 3rd on August 26 in a $18,000 race. Solar Warning was the favorite and took care of business in that race. It’s hard to see Glengar not getting into the fray in the stretch and being a factor.
Lucid Dream transfers from Laurel Park to Pimlico for this event on Thursday afternoon. He’s coming off a nice effort on September 3 to place 2nd in a $16,650 event. That was after Lucid Dream competed hard to show 3rd on July 30 in a $15,450 race. His last win was on January 30 in a similar event. Lucid Dream was a ¾ length winner in that outing.
Lucid Dream has finished 7th, 10th, 3th, 3rd, 2nd in his previous five races. He’s been showing signs of improvement since finishing 7th and 10th, but even when Lucid Dream finished 2nd, he was 5 ½ lengths behind the winner. Glengar has been closer in similar events, and even won recently. It shouldn’t be a blowout, but I favor Glengar edging out the field here.
Post Time: 2:19 p.m. EST
Our next stop at Pimlico is Race 4. This is another $15,000 event, though not as long with 6 furlongs scheduled. Talent Scout and Tricky Lion should be in good form on Thursday afternoon. Tricky Lion has consistently finished near the front for over a year now. In his previous eight outings, dating back to August 9, he’s finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 9th, 3rd, 7th, 3rd, 2nd. That’s good for 7 of 9 outings in the money.
Overall, Tricky Lion has gone 10 for 56. His most recent win was on September 13, 2019. That was in a $21,000 race, so he’s proven in the past that he can run well against horses of this caliber. You have to acknowledge that Tricky Lion is coming off a pretty nice effort in a $10,000 race on August 20. Tricky Lion placed 2nd behind Twin Valor by a half length in that outing.
Talent Scout has been in consistent form recently to finish in the top-3 in four straight performances. He placed in three of those events. In his most recent effort, Talent Scout was 2nd in a $18,510 event on August 27. He came just a length short in that performance. His most recent was on March 14 by 2 lengths at Aqueduct in a $28,000 contest. If Talent Scouts want to run today, this event should pose too many problems.
Post Time: 4:31 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 8 is the final race and our final selection at Pimlico on Thursday afternoon. Elusive Motion and Feature Act are likely the most dangerous horses in Race 8. Elusive Motion hasn’t been a winner in his seven-race career, but has been competitive. After finishing 12th in his opener, Elusive Motion has been adequate during the summer in tougher events than this outing.
Elusive Motion has finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th in his previous four entries. He is coming off a 4th place outing on September 11 at Laurel Park for a $20,394 purse. Elusive Motion was expected to place 2nd in that race, but ran a bit behind. That said, Elusive Motion wasn’t that far off and was involved in the stretch.
It could have been a win if Elusive Motion caught a break in that race. Feature Act has been a model of consistency since July. He’s placed 2nd in four straight performances. In August and September, Feature Act lost by 1 ¼ lengths in a $21,708 event and then followed up for a 1 length loss a month later in a $18,510 race.
Compared to what Feature Act has been faced with in the past, I think this should be one of the easiest assignments for him. This is one of those win or be disappointed kind of race for his connections. Against this field, Feature Act should be able to handle his business.