BALTIMORE - A look at some of the important races at Pimlico Race Course today:

Galorette Handicap

Race 6 - Post 1:24 p.m., Grade III, $100,000, 1-1/16 miles, 3YO & up, fillies & mares

Race 6 - Post 1:24 p.m., Grade III, $100,000, 1-1/16 miles, 3YO & up, fillies & mares

1. Valbenny, jockey Edgar Prado, odds: 3-2

2. Stormy West, jockey Kent Desormeaux, odds: 3-1

3. Roshani, jockey John Velazquez, odds: 2-1

4. Lady Digby, jockey Jeremy Rose, odds: 8-1

5. Debbie Sue, jockey Ramon Dominguez, odds: 20-1

6. Le Cordon Bleu, jockey Garrett Gomez, odds: 15-1

7. Saint Pegasus, jockey Alan Garcia, odds: 20-1

Roshani has never run a bad one on grass and might have a tactical advantage as the only speed in a race with mostly closers. Stormy West has really run well for Desormeaux and just missed in a very strong graded stake at Keeneland last out. Valbenny was quite accomplished on the West Coast. Makes her first start for Michael Matz and first start of 2008. Less than firm grass course, after yesterday's rains, could be an issue.

DJ's picks: 1. Roshani. 2. Stormy West. 3. Valbenny.

Hirsch Jacobs

Race 9 - Post 3:39 p.m., Grade III, $100,000, 6 furlongs, 3YO

Race 9 - Post 3:39 p.m., Grade III, $100,000, 6 furlongs, 3YO

1. Commandeered, jockey Kent Desormeaux, odds: 6-1

2. Sheeler, jockey Erick Rodriguez, odds: 10-1

3. Lantana Mob, jockey Robby Albarado, odds: 8-5

4. Loveyouintheworld, jockey Malcolm Franklin, odds: 20-1

5. Izzy Speaking, jockey Jeremy Rose, odds: 20-1

6. Indy Joe, jockey Garrett Gomez, odds: 12-1

7. Shoe Freak Marlene, jockey Sylvester Carmouche, odds: 30-1

8. Force Freeze, jockey Cliff Berry, odds: 2-1

9. Silver Edition, jockey Edgar Prado, odds: 5-1

Force Freeze is one length from being unbeaten in four starts. Would have been a nice $20,000 claim in his first start. Goes to the front and improves position. Lantana Mob ran down Force Freeze early last month in a career-best performance. Commandeered missed the break last out, came from last and beat maidens going away.

DJ's picks: 1. Force Freeze. 2. Lantana Mob. 3. Commandeered.

The Dixie

Race 10 - Post 4:25 p.m., Grade II, $250,000, 1 1/8 miles (turf), 3YO & up

Race 10 - Post 4:25 p.m., Grade II, $250,000, 1 1/8 miles (turf), 3YO & up

1. Headsandtales, jockey Jonathan Joyce, odds: 20-1

2. Distorted Reality, jockey John Velazquez, odds: 4-1

3. Buffalo Man, jockey Edgar Prado, odds: 8-1

4. Shakis, jockey Alan Garcia, odds: 3-2

5. Pays to Dream, jockey Javier Castellano, odds: 10-1

6. Stay Close, jockey Anna Napravnik, odds: 5-1

7. Ra Der Dean, jockey Horacio Karamonos, odds: 30-1

8. Salinja, jockey Gabriel Saez, odds: 6-1

9. Pick Six, jockey Garrett Gomez, odds: 12-1

Shakis was good enough to be in a three-horse photo with Better Talk Now and English Channel on Belmont Day last year. Very wide in seasonal debut against strong field. Anything near his best overwhelms this bunch. Stay Close ran a career-best speed figure in recent win over this course. Salinja's early speed may take him a long way.

DJ's picks: 1. Shakis. 2. Stay Close. 3. Salinja.

The Allaire Dupont Distaff

Race 11 - Post 5:13 p.m., Grade II, $150,000, 1-1/16 miles, 3YO & up, fillies & mares

Race 11 - Post 5:13 p.m., Grade II, $150,000, 1-1/16 miles, 3YO & up, fillies & mares

1. Altesse, jockey Ramon Dominguez, odds: 9-2

2. Runway Rosie, jockey Kent Desormeaux, odds: 9-2

3. Peach Flambe, jockey Edgar Prado, odds: 7-2

4. Bear Now, jockey Jamie Theriot, odds: 5-1

5. Cash's Girl, jockey Pablo Morales, odds: 20-1

6. Lexi Star, jockey Jeremy Rose, odds: 15-1

7. Buy the Barrel, jockey Gabriel Saez, odds: 6-1

8. Silver Knockers, jockey John Velazquez, odds: 15-1

9. Wow Me Free, jockey Alan Garcia, odds: 4-1

Bear Now won the Cotillion at the Pha last year with her speed and will try to take this field the same way. The sprint prep at Woodbine should set her up nicely. Buy the Barrel has won two of her three 2008 races by large margins for Larry Jones-Saez combination. Wow Me Free was a powerhouse winner of the Next Move Handicap at Aqueduct.

DJ's picks: 1. Bear Now. 2. Buy the Barrel. 3. Wow Me Free.

The Preakness Stakes

Race 12 - Post 6:09 p.m., Grade I, $1 million, 1-3/16 miles, 3YO, TV: NBC. All carry 126 pounds. Purse: $1,000,000 (1st, $650,000; 2nd, $200,000; 3rd, $100,000; 4th, $50,000). Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s with a 30 percent chance of showers.

Race 12 - Post 6:09 p.m., Grade I, $1 million, 1-3/16 miles, 3YO, TV: NBC. All carry 126 pounds. Purse: $1,000,000 (1st, $650,000; 2nd, $200,000; 3rd, $100,000; 4th, $50,000). Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s with a 30 percent chance of showers.

1. Macho Again, jockey Julien Leparoux, trainer Dallas Stewart, odds: 20-1

2. Tres Borrachos, jockey Tyler Baze, trainer Beau Greely, odds: 30-1

3. Icabad Crane, jockey Jeremy Rose, trainer H. Graham Motion, odds: 30-1

4. Yankee Bravo, jockey Alex Solis, trainer Patrick Gallagher, odds: 12-1

5. Behindatthebar: Scratched -

6. Racecar Rhapsody, jockey Robby Albarado, trainer Kenneth McPeek, odds: 30-1

7. Big Brown, jockey Kent Desormeaux, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., odds: 2-5

8. Kentucky Bear, jockey Jamie Theriot, trainer Reade Baker, odds: 12-1

9. Stevil, jockey John Velazquez, trainer Nick Zito, odds: 30-1

10. Riley Tucker, jockey Egdar Prado, trainer William Mott, odds: 30-1

11. Giant Moon, jockey Ramon Dominguez, trainer Richard Schosberg, odds: 30-1

12. Gayego, jockey Mike Smith, trainer Paulo Lobo, odds: 8-1

13. Hey Byrn, jockey Charles Lopez, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., odds: 20-1

Big Brown was not much of a secret in Kentucky, where you could get $2 back for every $1 you bet. He is no secret here, where you will be lucky to get $1 back for every $2 you bet. Big Brown is better at everything than any of his opponents is at anything. You could try to beat him. A better use of your money might be the charity of your choice.

Macho Again showed flashes of ability and then put it together in his Derby Trial win. Has the look of a longshot with a chance for a share.

Kentucky Bear was working better than any horse at Churchill Downs before the Derby, but did not get into the race. Has been ambitiously placed since his debut, but that maiden win demonstrated he has serious talent.

Racecar Rhapsody is the kind of horse that can pass tired horses and get a piece of the superfecta.

I liked Gayego going into the Derby, but he sort of fell apart in his training late in the week, broke poorly in the race and never did any running. This is his third long flight in a month, so it could all be catching up with him.

DJ's picks: 1. Big Brown. 2. Macho Again. 3. Kentucky Bear.

Ed Barkowitz: 1. Big Brown. 2. Hey Byrn. 3. Stevil.

Stan Hochman: 1. Hey Byrn. 2. Kentucky Bear. 3. Big Brown.