The feature race on Friday at Pimlico is the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles, before 27,966 fans enjoying partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70's. Royal Delta was sent off as the 9-5 favorite off off her 3-length win in an allowance event at Keeneland, over 2-1 second choice Wyomia, winner of the Suncoast at Tampa Bay followed by a second in the Ashland (G1) at Keeneland, and 5-2 third choice Hot Summer, winner of the Comely (G3) at Aqueduct.
Hot Summer went to the lead first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.22, 46.26, and 1:10.34 over the fast track while as many as 2 lengths in front of Wyomia in second. Entering the stretch, Wyomia tired badly as Royal Delta, who raced unhurried in 4th 5 lengths off the pace early, came out for room to take over the lead, opening up a 3 length advantage at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:36.21. Buster's Ready, 3rd early, put in a late rally but Royal Delta cruised under the line 2 1/2 lengths in front in 1:49.60. It was another 5 1/4 lengths back to pacesetter Hot Summer third.