To accommodate a sellout performance by pop star Justin Bieber at 7 p.m. on the racetrack infield, the races at Timonium will start at noon on Sunday.
The Bieber concert sold out in minutes when tickets were first made available. The entrance to the infield and the concert stage will not open to ticket holders until after the final race of the afternoon, which is set for 3:34 p.m.
Sunday and Monday will mark the final 2 racing days of the year at The Big T. Saturday’s card was pretty “chalky” (i.e. favorites winning) with one exception when a 25-1 (Marciella ridden by Katie Reynolds) won the 5th race. Sunday’s card looks like much the same, but I’ve been wrong more than once during this 7 day meet.
Recapping Day 5 (Saturday, September 4th)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…
Best Bet Franklin’s Philly (# 5; 1st race; 2-5) made 2-5 odds look like money in the bank as jockey Jenna Joubert guided the 4 year old filly immediately to the front and stayed there, extending her lead with every stride to the wire, paying $2.80 to WIN and $2.10 to PLACE. There was no SHOW wagering.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 3 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW.
Longshot Yantai (# 3; 4th race; 6-1) was bet down from her 20-1 Morning Line as many bettors thought as I did, that she might be able to wire the field…NOT! She got the lead and held it for about 5 furlongs, but the race was 6½ furlongs. She faded badly in the stretch, finishing well out of the money.
Longshot pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Discos Wish (# 3; 5th race; 5-1) had me counting my money when he uncharacteristically jumped to the early lead in the 4 furlong sprint. He usually comes from just off the pace so I figured no way he’d give up the lead in the stretch. Well he did, and finished among a group of horses at the wire, finishing out of the money, and taking with him the $20 SHOW bet. Two more days with $40 left in the SHOW parlay.
For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 6 (Sunday, September 5th)…
Best Bet: Better Go Hide (# 2; 3rd race; 5-1)
So far at this meet the sprint races have been all about whoever can get to the lead, will pretty much get to the Winners Circle. In my handicapping mind, this guy gets the nod to go gate-to-wire.
Longshot: Wild Tepu (# 7; 5th race; 8-1)
Don’t go overboard at the betting windows on this one. His jock is 1 for 55 in 2010, but the horse has shown the ability to compete at this level and distance. As I said above, the card is pretty “chalky”, so I needed to dig deep to find some runner that was listed at decent odds yet had a snowballs chance in h___ to win or at least finish in the money.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $40 ($60 bankroll – $20 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Awesomesundayblues (# 7; 2nd race; 5-2) never runs a bad race and is pretty consistent at this level being right in the thick of things. He’s the $20 risk for the SHOW parlay play.
For more of my selections at Timonium and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to… GQ’s No Chalk Zone
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and take in a gorgeous Sunday, go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds, and enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!