Horse Racing is Back in Baltimore and so is Kegasus

March 29, 2012 | Gary Quill

Baltimore’s favorite baseball team kicks off their season at home on April 6th against the Minnesota Twins, but there’s another Opening Day to celebrate in Baltimore this Friday, March 30th. Live Maryland thoroughbred horse racing has come “home” to historic Pimlico Race Course, albeit for only 29 glorious racing days. Local horse racing enthusiasts view Opening Day at Pimlico as a barometer that Spring has officially arrived.

To entice fans to visit Old Hilltop on Opening Day, the Maryland Jockey Club is offering FREE Admission, FREE Live Racing Program, $2 pizza slices & hot dogs (aka “Big Smokey”) and $3 Drafts. Wagering wise, the Twin Trifecta returns as $1 minimum wager in the 7th race of each days live racing card. Here’s how it works… the 7th race trifecta payout will be based on 50% of the pool while the other 50% goes towards the second (i.e. twin) trifecta race payout. Those holding a winning trifecta ticket for the 7th race exchange the winning ticket for a straight trifecta wager in the second Twin Trifecta race.

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Kegasus will again come to life outside of traditional media. He will be making more appearances at various grassroots events around Baltimore and now Washington, DC leading up to the Preakness and will again be available for radio and TV interviews. He’ll be at Pimlico on opening day followed by the Orioles Opening Day on Friday, April 6. He will continue to post videos to his YouTube channel (, and tweeting @AllHailKegasus.

Over the next seven weeks, Pimlico will conduct live racing Thursday through Sunday (but no racing on Easter Sunday, April 8th), headlined by the 137th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 19th. The 29-day stand will conclude on Preakness Day. First post for 26 days of the meet will be 1:10pm with adjustments on Kentucky Derby Day (May 5th; 12:45pm), Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 18th; 12:15pm) and on Preakness Day (10:45am).

Every Friday (except on Black-Eyed Susan Day) during the meet, Pimlico will host Happy Hour from 4:00pm to 7:30pm, offering drink and appetizer specials as DJ Bobby Dawson will provide the tunes. College students with valid ID will receive a $5 appetizer coupon.

Pimlico Turf starting gate

For each day of this 29 day meet, I will post a blog offering my opinions and the Soup Of The Day with the cooperation of the Food Services Dept. at Pimlico, as I have done below. As an added item, a “SHOW Parlay Play of the Day” will be featured. I’ll start with a mythical $100 bankroll, using $20 of it to start the parlay. I figure the odds of sustaining a single SHOW parlay play for 29 consecutive racing days is slim. Therefore, we’ll have a reserve to tap into if/when a play loses.

A note for novices, when you bet to SHOW, it means your horse must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Your payoff is the price posted under the SHOW (3rd) column. A parlay means whatever the return is on your wager; you bet that entire amount on the next bet (i.e. “Let It Ride”).

Recapping Laurel Park’s Closing Day 10-race card post had 8 winners (3 Top Selection) with $2 Exactas in 2nd ($20.20), 4th ($8.20), 5th ($43.00), 7th ($63.60), 9th ($13.60) and 10th (13.40) races; $1 Trifectas in 5th ($69.80), 9th ($21.00) and 10th ($33.10) races; $1 Pick-3 in races 3-5 ($5.00) and races 4-6 ($8.30); 50 cent Pick-4 in races 2-5 ($34.60); $2 Late Double ($5.40). The BEST BET of the Day went off 5-2 but could only manage 3rd paying $2.60 to SHOW while the LONGSHOT PICK ran 4th at odds of 8-1.

Selections for Day 1 at Pimlico Friday, March 30th card are below.
UPDATED 10:08am EDT: None of the picks originally posted were among the early scratches. 1st race post is 1:10pm EDT. Track Condition… Dirt: FAST Turf: FIRM

Soup Of The Day: Vegetable

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Brand New Moves (6-1)
#6 – Tuscany’s Express (3-1)
#7 – Morning Light (7-2)

2nd race – $25,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Sun Song (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#3 – Vows To Be Broken (7-2)
#5 – Wolfcamp (2-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Quiet Intent (5-1)
#5 – Houdini’s Bluff (4-1)
#6 – Robin’s Big Birdie (6-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#2 – Worthy Wager (10-1)
#5 – Delaware River (7-5)
#1 – Pics Good Boy (10-1)

5th race – $33,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#1 – Agonistic (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – The Caller (5-1)
#4 – Seattle Prospect (12-1)

6th race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Mae’s Jewel (9-5)
#4 – Café Rendezvous (15-1)
#8 – Palaciega (12-1)

7th race – $33,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#10 – Last Empire (7-2)
#11 – Rampaige (15-1)
#12 – Wingo Star (10-1)

8th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming for N2X for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#3 – Houston Bull (4-1)
#2 – Jake’s Bandaid (5-2)
#6 – Termsofengagement (8-1)

9th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – No Easy Answer (6-1)
#3 – Cobalt Cat (5-1)
#4 – Wicked Thunder (8-1)

10th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#5 – Regal Revenge (4-1)
#10– Devilish Gait (15-1)
#4 – Smileforthecamera (8-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $100 – When starting a SHOW parlay, you’re looking for a good return to establish a base to build on which also means it is your riskiest selection. As a rule, we should find a large field (8 or more starters) and avoid the favorite. With this being said, let’s go!

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Wakina (# 3; 3rd race; 8-1) is a hard-knocking 4 y.o. filly who gives her best every time she runs. Unfortunately, in 28 lifetime starts she’s only crossed the Finish Line first twice, but has been second eleven times and third four times. She has what we call “2nd-itits”, which is where she finished in her only PImlico effort. For the purpose of the SHOW Parlay that’s fine. The race has 11 starters, so if she can hit the board she’ll return a nice SHOW payoff to get the Pimlico Spring meet off to a good start.

It’s a beautiful day to go to Opening Day at Old Hilltop. If you have other plans, then make it a point to go on one of the other 28 days. You might actually find yourself having fun. Good Luck!