Pimlico – 10th race – 5-Miss Katie Mae (5-1)
Was given a little bit of a run in her U.S. debut and performed better than she had a right to when winding up a closing fourth, beaten a bit more than two lengths, while rallying into the teeth of a slow pace at Keeneland last month. The Graham Motion-trained Irish-bred should get a whole lot more serious today in the Hilltop Stakes and represents excellent wagering value at or near her 5-1 morning line. She switches to Ortiz, has trained extremely well at Fair Hill in recent weeks, and seems set to regain her strong European juvenile form.
Pimlico – 12th race – 11-Metaboss (9/2)
Made his first start in more than a year in a competitive second-level allowance affair at Laurel last month and encountered severe traffic trouble from the top of the stretch to the wire, costing him his best chance when finishing sixth, beaten just over a length for all the money. Was a graded stakes winner as a 3-year-old, so he certainly has the back class to handle the group he’s facing today. The son of Street Boss makes a positive jockey switch to Joel Rosario and with clear sailing today this Michael Dickinson-trained four year old figures be along in plenty of time.