Laurel Park: Selections for Wednesday, Sept. 17th

September 17, 2008 | Gary Quill

This past Saturday at Monmouth Park Big Brown proved me wrong. He looked like his old self in winning by a length over my choice, Proudinsky, and six other older rivals on a soft turf course. This race was his final prep for the Breeder’s Cup Classic in six weeks for a potential showdown with Horse of the Year Curlin. Something the entire horse racing community would like to see.
Recapping my selections from Saturday, September 13th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet, Ham And Ernie (# 6; 1st race; 2-1) gave a good account of himself in beating the 6-5 favorite but couldn’t get past the 7-1 winner. His runner-up finish returned $3.20 2.10.
Longshot, Dunderhead (# 1; 4th race; 20-1) went off as the longest shot on the board (50-1) and played the part. He was unruly pre-race and didn’t run a lick from gate to wire.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $36 on Task Force (# 5; 6th race; 5-2) was a winning wager having the smallest return possible (5% ROI) as he went off as the 2-5 favorite, yet could only muster a third place finish. That’s fine by me. The SHOW parlay lives on as the bankroll increases a poultry $1.80 to $37.80.
Here’s who I like for Wednesday, Sept. 17th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Classy Credentials (# 1; 4th race; 3-2)

Never let a Stronach Stables owned horse slip by. Magna Entertainment CEO Frank Stronach seems to always have top horses in his stable… and after all, he needs the money to help make a payment on a past due loan.

Longshot:        Best Approach (# 7; 1st race; 6-1)
This 7 year old only has 3 lifetime victories in 41 career starts, but all 3 have come at Laurel. He comes into this route race having a 7 furlong tune-up after taking a few months off during the summer. Jockey Russell Sheldon is an upgrade over his previous riders.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $97.80     ($96 – $20 bet + $21.80 return)

With a two race winning streak on the line…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $37 on Heavenly Moon (# 10; 7th race on the turf ; 3-1)

Jockey Kendrick Carmouche and trainer Hamilton Smith have enjoyed early success at this meet thus far. Carmouche has won an astonishing 50% of her mounts (7 of 14) and Smith has met 40% of his starters in the Winners Circle (6 of 15). Considering Heavenly Moon has shown a liking for the grass (ITM 4 of 5; 2 of 2 on Laurel sod), one would think the odds are favorable that she hits the board today.

These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!
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