Jim McKay Turf Sprint S. & The Very One S.
5F on the turf at Pimlico (May 20)
Races Analyzed: 19 stakes at 5 furlongs on turf
Date Range: January 1, 2013 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in Speed This Distance
Factor Stats: 20 contenders, 13 winners (65%, $51.00 win bet return, 227 ROI%, 15 place/show (75%), $13.50 place return, $5.20 show return)
It looks like the sun will shine bright on Pimlico throughout Preakness weekend this year. That means firm conditions for the wealth of grass racing being served up at Old Hilltop.
A pair of 5-furlong turf sprints are among the grassy stakes on tap - the Jim McKay Turf Sprint for the colts & gelding on Friday, May 17 and The Very One S. for the distaff set on the Preakness undercard.
A scan of the Betmix Angler handicapping database shows that proficiency at the 5-furlong distance has been highly predictive in this race type with 65% of the winners ranking first in Speed This Distance. Among the good performers are last year's The Very One heroine Girls Know Best ($4.00) and the Jim McKay runner up Rocket Heat.
Find these races in Betmix Birddog and use the Speed This Distance slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.