Labor (Day) of Love: Selections at Timonium on Closing Day of the Maryland State Fair

September 02, 2013 | Gary Quill

It’s the final day of the 2013 Timonium meeting, aka The Big T. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for all 10 racing days. Though the prices were on the short side, and the weekday cards featured only seven (7) races, all in all the meeting seems to have been a success.

At the conclusion of Monday’s (final day) card, the jockey and trainer titles will be awarded, As far as the riding title, jockey J. D. Acosta already wrapped that up when he rode four (4) winners on Sunday, the second time he has completed that feat during the Timonium meeting.

Acosta will not be riding at Timonium on Monday. He has mounts in three stakes at Parx Racing but holds an overwhelming lead, sixteen (16) to nine (9), over Travis Dunkelberger.

Trainer Hugh McMahon stands a good chance to repeat as leading trainer at the fair. He holds a 3 win lead over a number of trains, but only one, Jamie Ness has a chance to tie McMahon for the training title. Last year at the 7-day Timonium meeting, the two tied for the training honors.

Both will send out four runners on Monday, but two of Ness’ starters are in the same race.

Recapping Timonium’s Sunday Race Day #9 9-race card had 7winners (6 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (1st), $4.20 (2nd), $4.80 (3rd), $5.40 (4th), $7.40 (6th), $10.00 (7th), $29.00 (8th) and $8.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (8 3-2-2) Fearsome (R6 #1 – 3-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) displayed sharp speed to clear his 3 rivals easily, dictated around the turn, entered the lane two wide, responded when put to a drive and pulled away to win by 4 lengths paying $7.40 to WIN, $3.80 to PLACE while there was no SHOW wagering.

The LONGSHOT PICK (9 3-4-1) Anita Job (R7 #9- 10-1 M/L; 4-1 PT) stalked the pace three wide, moved to apply pressure into the far turn, gained a slim lead past the three sixteenths marker, responded when sharply roused in upper stretch and kicked clear to win by 2 lengths and return $10.00 to WIN, $7.80 to PLACE and $7.20 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $62 on Florcita (# 6; 8th race; 7-5) raced three wide between runners through the early pace scramble, prompted around the turn and continued on willingly while just missing the place. No problem for the SHOW parlay wager as she returned $2.80 to SHOW. This adds $24.80 to the $62.45 bankroll for the Closing Day wager to see if we walk away with a nice ROI or zilch which cost $40 for 10 days of entertainment.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #245 – Rabbit

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Selections for Monday September 2nd at Timonium Fair Ground are posted below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT

1st race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#1/1A – Morales / Think I’m Hooked (9-5)
#2 – Edge of Glory (2-1)
#4 – Baku (8-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N2L fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Cashed Out (5-1)
#3 – Street Surprise (3-2)
#5 – Let’s Drink On It (2-1)

3rd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#3 – Allergee (6-1)
#1/1A – Across the Wind / Show the Way (2-1)
#4 – Hint (5-1)

4th race – $7,500 Claiming fillies and mares for 3 y.o.and up – 4 furlongs
#7 – Bridge Night (3-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – Sing the Blues (5-2)
#5 – Dottie’s a Hottie (2-1)

5th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o.– 4 furlongs
#7 – Gojomo (2-1)
#4 – Victory Sun (6-1)
#1 – Powerful Soul (6-5)

6th race – $14,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – Parker’s Love (20-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Itsnottheright (3-1)
#1 – Narbona Pass (5-2)

7th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Steely (3-1)
#4 – Grace Is a Beauty (2-1)
#1/1A – Rubyredhead / Exhilarate (10-1)

8th race – $35,000 Allowance fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Joyous Music (6-5)
#2 – Romantic Cuvee (9-5)
#1 – Ideal Thoughts (8-1)

9th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o.– 6½ furlongs
#4 – Captainofindustry (7-2)
#2 – King Racer (2-1)
#1 – Sonny Inspired (10-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $87.25 ($62.45 bankroll – $62 wager + $86.80 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $87 on Grace Is a Beauty (# 4; 7th race; 2-1) ran second in her debut, much to the delight of her connections as she was sent off at 10-1. The winner of that race came back to win as did the 3rd place finisher. Hence, she exits a “key race” and should be primed to break her maiden today. If she gets beat, she should be a safe enough bet to finish in the money and help us end the meet with a nice ROI of at least 130%. Not a bad investment for 10 days of work as we started on opening day with a $40 bankroll reserved for SHOW wagering only.

Looks like Closing Day will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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