Saturday’s Laurel Park Fall Festival Serves Up 6 Stakes including a Dash of Excitement

October 26, 2012 | Gary Quill

On Saturday Laurel Park is holding its Fall Festival of Racing featured by the DeFrancis Dash and five $150,000 stakes races on the turf… the Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds, the Selima Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, the Laurel Dash, the Lady Baltimore Stakes for fillies and mares and the 1-1/2 mile Laurel Turf Cup.

Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 20 winners-Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor’s Echo (2006)-earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter.

The first 4,000 fans receive a complimentary Laurel Park sports cap. Post time for the 11-race card will be 12:35 p.m.

FACT: The average purse for the 11 race card at Laurel Park on Saturday is $127,270 with an average field of 10 horses. In comparsion, Saturday is Closing Day at Keeneland. They have a 10 race card with a mere $54,500 average purse also averaging a field of 10. It’s amazing what 7% of the slots revenue has done for Maryland racing. And you wonder WHY a vote FOR Question 7 is so important to the economic health of one of Maryalnd’s leading industries?!

Recapping this brilliant performance at Laurel Park from Saturday, October 20th had 6 winners from 11 races (1 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.60 (2nd race), $5.60 (4th), $4.40 (6th), $16.20 (7th), $4.00 (8th), and $11.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (7 2-1-2) was sent-off the 7-2, got the early lead but was lightly pressed along the way, gave up that lead in mid-stretch but dug in gamely to salvage 3rd paying $4.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (7 3-0-0) didn’t get close to the 20-1 M/L odds, but in a wide open betting race where the post time favorite went off 7-2 followed by a handful at 9-2, the longshot pick rated beautifully in mid-pack early, swung widest of all turning for home, hit the lead at the 1/8th pole and continued to widen her margin through the Finish. She won by 4½ lengths and returned $11.40 to WIN, $6.20 to PLACE and $4.60 to SHOW.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Cloudy skies, but just a 10% chance of precipitation. So the MAIN TRACK should be FAST and TURF courses FIRM. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Oct. 27th are posted below. Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#7 – Snowball Fight (7-2)
#1 – Bump Draft (9-2)
#6 – Never Counted Out (6-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#4 – Lisette (5-1)
#6 – Latin Coast —- SCRATCHED
#2 – Andra (9-2)
#3 – Fredericka La Rose (5-2)

3rd race – $40,000 Allowance N2X for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#7 – High Bar (10-1)
#4 – Dogwoods Lance (7-2)
#12 – Came Back (8-1)

4th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Avenged (5-1)
#6 – Brave Romeo (1-1)
#2 – Hard Line (7-2)

5th race – $150,000 Selima Stakes for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Touring Hong Kong (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Heading to Toga —- SCRATCHED
#1 – Doubled —- SCRATCHED
#2 – Discreet Marq (5-2)
#7 – Hold Our Destiny (12-1)

6th race – $150,000 Laurel Futurity for 2 y.o.– 5½ furlongs on Turf
#3 – Hamp (4-1)
#11 – Lunar Rock (12-1)
#5 – Coach A.J. (6-1)

7th race – $150,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 on Turf
#6 – Embarr (10-1)
#14 – Prize Catch —- SCRATCHED
#3 – Clare Skies Ahead (12-1)
#1 – Laughing (7-2)

8th race – $150,000 Laurel Dash Stakes for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs on Turf
#5 – Jazzy Idea (6-1) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Super Chunky (20-1)
#8 – Greek Warrior (20-1)

9th race – $150,000 Laurel Turf Cup for 3 y.o. and up – 1½ mile on Turf
#3 – Freud’s Honour (5-1)
#4 – Game Ball (15-1)
#13 – Concealed Identity (20-1)

10th race –$350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash for 3 y.o. & up – 6f.
#6 – Sean Avery (5-2)
#11 – Alsvid (10-1)
#3 – Il Villano (10-1)

11th race –$25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#8 – Honour Your Dreams (7-2)
#5 – Fear Nothing (3-1)
#7 – d’Oro Dancer (10-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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  1. BillG Says:

    GQ,
    Only days away from the Breeders Cup!

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