Jockey and Trainer Title Still Up For Grabs on Final Day at The Big T; Rapid Redux extends streak to 16

September 04, 2011 | Gary Quill

The 2011 Maryland State Fair comes to a close on Monday. With the exception of a visit from Hurricane Irene which forced the cancellation of the Sunday, August 28th card, every racing day saw the Timonium Grandstand overflowing with enthusiastic horse racing fans of all ages. Kudos to everyone who made this year’s meet a successful one.


Both the jockey and trainer titles are still up for grabs as apprentice jockey Sarah Rook leads with 9 wins from 18 mounts but Xavier Perez closed within 2 after riding 4 winners on Sunday’s card, bringing his total to 7. J.D. Acosta has booted home 6 winners, which included guiding Rapid Redux to his 16th straight victory in Sunday’s feature race. On the final day Rook has 3 mounts, Perez has 4 and Acosta will get a leg up on 7. Alberto Delgado only has 5 winners thus far, but has 6 mounts and still has an outside shot at the riding title.

Rapid Redux coasting to 16th consecutive victory

Rapid Redux coasts to 16th straight victory...

Rapid Redux in Winners Circle

... and is greeted by his happy connections!

Photos credit to Jim McCue of MJC


Even tighter is the trainer standings, as Dane Kobiskie has saddled 4 winners but Dale Capuano is just one behind with 3 and has four runners entered on the Monday card. Kobiskie will attempt to hold off Capuano as he has three entered.   


On Friday, Laurel Park opens for its “Fall Meet” which will have live racing Wednesday thru Saturday for the remainder of 2011. The thoroughbreds will stay at Laurel Park when we ring in 2012, for the “Winter Meet” which most likely will conclude in mid-April 2012 when live racing switches to Pimlico for short 25-30 day meet highlighted by the Preakness Stakes on the 3rd Saturday in May (19th).


Timonium State Fair Meet

Recapping Day 6 (Sunday, September 4th)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…


Best Bet Smock  (# 7; 3rd race; 7-2) not surprisingly was bet down and went off as the Post Time favorite but got early pressure from rivals, compromising his front-running style and faded to third, paying $2.80 to SHOW. 

Best Bet pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 2 SHOW.

Longshot Four X the Trouble  (# 6; 4th race; 10-1) was a hunch play based on the owner being Gina Rosenthal, who plays the role of Close Circuit TV Track Handicapper for the State Fair meet. Nobody hold the horse he was supposed to do better than run evenly throughout, finishing off the board. 

Longshot pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 2 PLACE – 0 SHOW


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$33 on Sugadadeze (# 2; 6th race; 3-1) ran down the pace-setter in deep stretch to score a narrow maiden victory to keep the SHOW Parlay play alive for the final day, paying $8.00 to WIN, $3.80 for the PLACE and a very generous $3.20 to SHOW (thanks to the 9-5 favorite being off the board). That gives the SHOW Parlay wager $53 for the final day at the Fair to make a few extra bucks.  



For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 7 (Monday, September 5th)…


1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming – 6½ furlongs

#3 – Irish Idol (3-1)

#7 – Doctor James (2-1)

#5 – Lolita  (9-2)


2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#5 – She Said She Said  (8-5)

#2 – Secret of Marriage  (7-5) 

#6 – Mommadew (9-5) 


3rd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs

#5 – Full Of Love  (12-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT $$$

#3 – D’wild Angel (3-1)

#2 – Azadi  (9-5) 


4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs

#6 – Consolver  (4-1) 

#1A – Trolling Gravity (3-1)

#3 – Grandma June (8-1) 


5th race – $22,000 Maiden for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#1 – All About Her  (5-1)

#4 – Special Salute  (9-2)

#7 – Triple Pick (8-1)


6th race – $4,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs

#1 – One to a Royal  (6-5) 

#3 – Jetlaunchs Heart (9-5)    

#6 – Allow Me (4-1)


7th race –$5,000 Maiden Claiming – 4 furlongs

#1 – Livingonaprayer  (9-5)

#2 – Safari King (20-1)

#8 – Foxys Jazz (5-1)


8th race – $23,000 Allowance NW2L for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs

#7 – Bluegrass Atatude (3-1)  *** BEST BET ***

#2 – Singing in Key  (8-1)

#4 – Good Looking Girl  (3-1)


9th race – $25,000 Allowance Optional Claiming NW2X – 6½ furlongs

#5 – Southern Sweetie (2-1) 

#2 – Sterling Vow (6-1)    

#4 – Alwaysacontest  (9-5)



SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $53.60 ($33.80 bankroll – $33 wager + $52.80 return)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $53 on Consolver (# 6; 4th race; 4-1) has a nice resume’ of A.M. drills and one of Maryland’s premier conditioners (John E. Salzman, Jr.) of 2 year olds. He gets them ready at first asking. Look for shorter Post Time odds, but the SHOW money will be light which means a nice ROI for a hefty SHOW Parlay play for the finale.  


Enjoy your Labor Day holiday, take in a gorgeous day and go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds to  enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!