Opening Day of the Timonium State Fair Meet saw plenty of price horses hit the wire first in many of the 9 races, but the best payoffs of the day were saved for the last two races, sparking a Late Double (8th and 9th races) that paid a whopping $3,982.60 for $2 bet.
Journeyman jockey Christian Olmo was aboard both winners. Confirmondi ($103.80) led from start to finish to take the four furlong eighth race for $7,500 claimers, holding off post time favorite Rainbow Inthestorm by a length and a half. Little Ice Patch ($53.60) wore down the speedsters in race nine, a 6-1/2 furlong allowance test, and reached the front just before the finish line. With his two victories, Olmo leads all riders in the standings.
Recapping Day 1 (Friday 27th) selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…
Best Bet Zalady (# 3; 6th race; 3-5) took the lead shortly after leaving the gate in the 4 furlong sprint and never looked back to win convincingly. The 5-1 M/L odds were a pipe-dream as the betting public recognized him as the class of the field, sending him off as the 3-5 favorite, returning $3.40 to WIN, $2.80 for PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 1 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW.
Longshot Finger Tapping (# 8; 5th race; 8-1) got a great ride from apprentice jockey Katie Reynolds (remember her name, she’ll be riding winners at Laurel in the Fall). She found on opening to get to the rail from her outside post just before the first turn, stalked the leaders then swung outwardly in the stretch to win going away, retuning $18.40 to WIN, $7.20 for PLACE and $3.80 to SHOW.
Longshot pick scorecard from 1 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Well Thought Of (# 8; 2nd race; 1-2) was bet down as if he was Secretariat, but ran more like a $5k Claimer, failing to hit the board by a neck, taking down the initial SHOW parlay bet of the Meet. Luckily we still have a reserve to dip into to start a new SHOW Parlay on Day 2.
For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 2 (Saturday, August 28th)…
Best Bet: Crafty Son (# 6; 10th race; 7-2)
In this 4 furlong race for non-winnners of 2 races, the key is whoever can get the early jump on his competition will pretty much get to the Winner’s Circle. Hence, this 5 year old has the ability to get the early lead, but usually fades when running in 5, 6 or 7 furlong races. This distance will suit him perfectly.
Longshot: Barb Cat (# 4; 4th race; 20-1)
Trainer Peter Levine brings this 4 year old former Turf Paradise runner to the fairgrounds to take advantage of the 4 furlong races. In two races on the east coast, he has failed to flash the early speed he had when running in Arizona. His last race at Delaware Park looks woeful on paper, but just a few days later he drilled 5 furlongs in 1:01, the 3rd fastest among 25 workouts that morning. Hopefully he’ll run as fast in the race.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80 ($100 bankroll – $20 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Mr. Blu Boy (# 7; 5th race; 12-1) makes his 15th attempt at breaking his maiden (aka winning his first career race), but has run second 5 times and third 4 times. Though he is moving up in class, he is quick enough from the gate to be a threat early and hang in there to finish in the top 3 and return a nice SHOW pay-off.
For more of my selections at Timonium and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to… GQ’s No Chalk Zone
Looks like Day 2 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the State Fair. Good Luck!