Cure For Your O’s Hangover: A Day at Lovely Laurel Park

October 12, 2012 | Gary Quill

Last Saturday was a beautiful autumn day to spend at Laurel Park to celebrate Maryland thoroughbred horse racing… weather-wise. Now if you sat down and reviewed my selections for the Maryland Million Day 11 race card, the gambling term the comes to mind that is often used in a winter forecast would be “ice cold”.

My prognostications were so bad, it reminded me of one of the biggest gaffs in journalism history…
Dewey Beats Truman

In today’s society, my performance would be labeled an, “Epic Fail”. Recapping this brilliant performance at Laurel Park from Saturday, October 6th had just 5 winners from 11 races (0 Top Selections) having paltry $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.40 (2nd race), $2.40 (4th), $5.20 (5th), $2.80 (6th), and $9.40 (10th).

The BEST BET of the Day (5 2-1-1) turned into a no play as Gin Sweep was a scratch.

The LONGSHOT PICK (6 2-0-0) was sent-off at odds of 12-1, didn’t get much pace to run at late, angled 5 wide entering the stretch, was game in the stretch but wasn’t fastest enough to hit the board, finishing 4th, but just over 2 lengths behind the 2-5 winner Ben’s Cat.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with 0% chance of precipitation so there should be a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Oct. 13th are posted below. Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Lil’ Master Mason (3-1)
#4 – Succinct (5-2)
#8 – Don’t Rock Me (8-1)

2nd race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#4 – Lastcallfordisco (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1/1A – Awesome Mitch / A Fleet Spirit (2-1)
#6 – Zarroc (7-2)

3rd race – $38,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#12 – Bajan Rhythm (5-2)
#7 – Bee Rapid (9-2)
#5 – Greatful Nation (8-1)

4th race –$16,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#1 – Yankee Mickey (4-5)
#7 – The French Bear (15-1)
#2 – Some Way Some How (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#6 – Silent Tale (7-2)
#7 – Gottalovethedrake (7-2)
#3 – Crow Bar (20-1)

6th race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#9 – She Is a Lioness (4-1)
#8 – Dottie’s a Hottie (7-5)
#5 – Smoky Opal (6-1)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 miles on Turf
#9 – Sharp Numbers (3-1)
#4 – Skiffs Brewmeister (6-1)
#1 – Prince Togiak (8-1)

8th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#3 – Calocagathia (4-1)
#7 – Missteria (10-1)
#1 – Run Mommy Run (9-5)

9th race – $7,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#8 – Tommy V M (6-1)
#2 – Empedrado (8-1)
#6 – Pursuit Of Honor (3-1)

10th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 mile on Turf
#12 – Nokaze (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#2 – Isla (5-2)
#4 – Youcancountonme (12-1)

11th race – $7,500 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#8 – Emma’s Kiss (8-5)
#13 – Fancy Footsteps (8-1)
#2 – Ms Diller (4-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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