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Check out my Thursday (5-16-24) Pimlico Race 2 analysis below.

PIM 2 (Str-OC-20k, 3&up, 6f dirt) – Post Time – 12:56pm EDT
Primary – #8 COMMUNICATION MEMO, #5 Jester’s Song
Secondary – #7 Kadri, #3 Strugar, #4 Clem Labine, #2 B West

Horse Comments:

#8 Communication Memo (2-1) finished fourth and was claimed on Feb. 16, and was a close third in a $7.5k/3L sprint at Oaklawn on March 21. He was claimed again and won his next start at the $10k level. Brad Cox reached in and took him, and he rallied to win a starter allowance affair on May 4. He is one of four horses that Cox brought to Pimlico for Preakness week festivities, and you just know that he is well-meant in this spot. 

#5 Jester’s Song (8-1) improved his speed ratings in his last two restricted dirt sprints at Laurel. The versatile gelding might maintain sharp form in his third start after a layoff. He might offer value. 

#7 Kadri (7-2) is a veteran gelding with seven trifecta finishes from his last ten starts (3 wins). He should be all over the pace for a productive jockey-trainer team. 

#3 Strugar (5-1) went 5-for-12 last year, and won off the claim in a dirt sprint at Laurel on April 7. He exits a show finish in a turf sprint and is back on dirt at a distance he enjoys. 

#4 Clem Labine (3-1) added blinkers and rolled to a big win at Aqueduct on April 27. The 8-year-old gelding fits with these if he can run two alike. 

#2 B West (6-1) makes his first start in more than nine months for quality layoff trainer Brittany Russell. He was all over the pace in his four wins and he was well clear in those victories.  


#8 to win

Exacta 8/5-7

Exacta 5-7/8

Superfecta key 8/2-3-4-5-7

Recent Bettor Bet$ Free Pick Winners 
May 4 – Vahva ($5.44), Exacta ($13.20)
May 9 – Mosler Time ($10.20), Trifecta ($20.50)
May 9 – Mosler Time/I Can Do It Double ($65.80)
May 10 – Dontim ($11.20), Trifecta ($168.80)
May 11 – Musical Rhapsody/Duvet Day Exacta (SA Best Bet, $9.20)
May 11 – Party With Paddy ($4.20)
May 11 – $5 Golden Hour Double (SA 9, GG 8) – $35.00
May 12 – Special Club ($5.20)
May 12 – $5 Golden Hour Double (SA 9, GG 8) – $59.00

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.