Pimlico Special: Something Awesome ‘Improving Every Time He’s Running’

Stronach Stables’ multiple graded-stakes winning homebred Something Awesome breezed six furlongs Saturday morning at Laurel Park in his final tune-up for the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

The 1 3/16-mile Pimlico Special is the richest of seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 94th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies.

Something Awesome was timed in 1:13.20 over a fast main track, the fastest of three works at the distance. Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was aboard for the move.

“He’s doing fine. It was a maintenance work today, nice and easy. He did it all by himself and he’s got something left in the tank,” Prado said. “He’s improving every time he’s running and hopefully he continues to show up and we’ll see what happens Friday.”


Saturday’s effort will be Something Awesome’s lone work for the Pimlico Special, his first since a hard-fought victory in the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2) April 21. The 7-year-old Awesome Again gelding has now won three straight races, including the General George (G3) Feb. 17 and Harrison E. Johnson Memorial March 17 at Laurel.

“The horse worked pretty comfortable. To me we don’t have to get over there having the best time of the day. You just want to run the horse,” trainer Jose Corrales said. “He’s fit enough to be able to continue on and if Edgar’s happy with it, I’m happy with it.”

Also being considered for the historic Pimlico Special – first won in 1937 by Triple Crown champion War Admiral, who was defeated the next year by Seabiscuit in their famous match race – are Afleet Willy, Irish War Cry, Page McKenney, Rated R Superstar and Untrapped.

Prado has ridden Something Awesome in each of his last two races. The 50-year-old jockey earned his 6,998th career victory Friday at Pimlico and had mounts in two of Saturday’s 10 races (Race 8 and 10). Only seven riders in Thoroughbred history have reached the 7,000-win plateau.

“It always feels good to win at Pimlico. It’s been great to me for so many years, and I have a lot of fans there,” Prado said. “Hopefully we get it done over there soon.”

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