3 for 3 at Old Hilltop; Hotspur added to Preakness Musical lineup; Sunday Picks

April 16, 2011 | Gary Quill

In the category of Shameless Self Promotion, the GQ’s Saturday Best Bet, Longshot and SHOW Parlay picks all got to the Winners’ Circle via a sloppy track at Pimlico. Through the first 10 racing days of Pimlico’s 29 day meet, the Best Bet is batting .400 while the daily Longshot pick average is .300. Both Best Bet and Longshot picks have an in-the-money (ITM) percentage of .700. The SHOW Parlay has no more lives left (i.e. next loss and it’s toast for the meet) but has a $54.90 bankroll riding on this “Let It Ride” wager for Day 11 on Sunday at Pimlico. On the otherhand, my Derby Prep race scorecard, well, let’s not go there.


The Maryland Jockey Club has added the Washington D.C.-based Hotspur to open for Grammy Award winners Train and Bruno Mars on the main stage for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 21 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes. Hotspur was named “New Artist of the Year” by the Washington Area Music Association and just released its second full-length album, You Should Know Better by Now. The band was the grand prize winner in New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge” and in a nationwide search, Hotspur was selected as one of the country’s top unsigned bands by OurStage, MySpace, Facebook, ReverbNation, New Music Seminar and Tommy Boy Records.


Hotspur’s video, “If These Walls Could Talk”, is the band’s third independent video, now on mtvU and also seen on MTV.com. Hotspur’s second single, “Heads/Tails”, has been shown on 100 video outlets and was a special feature on “FUSE on Demand”. Hotspur won the nationwide fan vote on mtvU’s program, “The Freshman”, for the video “Chandelier”. MTV has deemed the band, “Buzzworthy”. Hotspur has been on tour since the album’s release.


“Growing up in the DC area, we always heard crazy stories about good times at Preakness,” said Hotspur lead singer Joe Mach. “This year we are honored to be part of this awesome event and look forward to making InfieldFEST 2011 a concert to remember.”. Additional information can be found at www.sonicbids.com/hotspur, www.hotspurmusic.com and www.myspace.com/hotspur.


In addition to the main stage, the day-long multi-celebration festival experience will feature live music on the Jägermeister stage with Phil Vassar, Puddle of Mudd and Mr. Greengenes. Preakness InfieldFEST 2011 also includes a beer garden, bikini contest, cornhole tournament, NVL Pro Volleyball Tour and a Wagering 101 tent with expert advisors from Horse Player NOW (www.horseplayernow.com) on-site, providing betting suggestions for the entire 13-race Preakness day card. For more information visit www.theinfieldfest.com.


InfieldFEST tickets will be $40 in advance through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and the Preakness Ticket Sales Office (410-542-9400) and $50 during Preakness week. The popular MUG Club returns, offering fans a bottomless mug all day long for an all-inclusive price of $20.


 Preakness facade photo



Recapping Day 10 (Saturday, April 16th) at the Pimlico Spring Meet…


Best Bet Threeanddonedan (# 1; 1st race; M/L 8-5; P/T 1-2) served warning that he’ll be a 2 year old colt to be reckoned with for the remainder of the year as he scored an easy 5 length victory over a sloppy track, stopping the timer at 53.41 for the 4½ furlong sprint, providing a 50% ROI on a WIN bet in less than a minute. The across the board mutuels were $3.00 to WIN, $2.20 for the PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 10 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 4 WIN – 2 PLACE – 1 SHOW.


Longshot  Miss Fleetfoot (# 4; 10th race; M/L 8-1; P/T 9-2) showed a surprisingly quick turn of foot early, challenging the Post Time favorite throughout the first 4 furlongs, and when the real running took place, she exploded in the stretch loving the sloppy going to win the $75k Primonetta Stakes in her 3rd race after being claimed for just $7,500 by trainer Phil Schoenthal. Miss Fleetfoot paid $11.40 to WIN, $3.20 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.

Longshot pick scorecard from 10 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 3 WIN – 3 PLACE – 1 SHOW

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$20 on I. Turner  (#1; 8th race; M/L 6-1; P/T 10-1) got a great, confident ride from Wesley Ho all the rail from start to finish, rallying from last to score an upset victory over the Post Time favorite. IN my humble opinion, the sloppy track conditions helped I. Turner because his sire bloodlines (Albert The Great  and Go For Gin) faired well on an off track. Too bad he wasn’t the Longshot Pick of the Day, but still more than doubled the SHOW Parlay amount (from $26 to $54.60), as the $2 mutuel payoffs were $23.80 to WIN, $7.80 to PLACE and $4.20 to SHOW.



For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 11 (Sunday, April 17th) … 


Soup Of The Day:  Tomato & Rice


Best Bet:  Empress Lisa (# 6; 10th race; M/L 5-1) is a low level ($5k) Claimer who could jump out on top and not look back. None of her 8 rivals possess any early foot going 6 furlongs. In her last she never got near the lead so I’m banking that the jock knew she had no chance and just sat on her as she faded to last, losing by 12.   


Longshot:  Wild Kay (# 5; 6th race; M/L 6-1) has been finishing races at Laurel at this “one other than” allowance level a non-factoring 5th. But all of his competitors today are testing this level for the first time, which should give him a edge, to at least improve enough to be a threat late and hit the board, if not win it.


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $54.90  ($20.30 bankroll – $20 wager + $54.60 return)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $54 on Doadeerafemaledeer (# 7; 1st  race; M/L 7-2) doesn’t exactly run like one as she’s only 3 for 47 lifetime, but has finished second 8 times and third 11 times. She comes running from the clouds and as her record suggests, usually falls short of getting to the wire first. For this wager, all she needs to add to her second or third place finish total, and the SHOW parlay will live for another day.


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