Laurel Park Leap Day Selections

February 28, 2012 | Gary Quill

Photo credit: Jim McCue/MJC

Take a leap of faith on this Leap Day and check out the Laurel Park Wednesday racing card. Unlike NASCAR (re: Daytona 500), baseball or tennis, rain doesn’t cancel horse racing. So even though the forecast in the vicinity isn’t too promising unless you are a duck, you can count on nine (9) exciting chase scenes to take place at Laurel Park starting at 12:35pm EST.

This past Saturday at Laurel Park the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes was won easily by The Lumber Guy (pictured above). This 3 year old NY-bred son of Grand Slam overcame a slight bobble at the start, sprinted to the early lead and never got a serious challenge from any of his eight (8) foes, completing the 7 furlong test in 1:23.22. He’s now 2 for 2 lifetime and one would think he could resurface on St. Patrick’s Day at Laurel Park for the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes.

Recapping Saturday’s 10 race card picks had… four (4) Top Selection winners; both the Early (1st & 2nd race) and Late (9th & 10th race) DOUBLEs; Exacta’s and Trifecta’s in 1st, 2nd and 7th races, plus Exacta’s in 8th and 10th races; BEST BET was scratched and the LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY ran 3rd at 8-1.

Here are my opinions for Laurel Park’s Winter Meet Wednesday card, Feb.29th.
1st race post is 12:35pm EST. Track Condition: SLOPPY.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE ON THE CARD: Delaware River (7th race; #3; 2-1 M/L)…
… has earned $705,620 in his racing career, but 3 races back he ran and was claimed out of a $5,000 Claiming race. So why was he offered so cheap? He made his racing debut on Aug. 30, 2003! He’s an 11 year old gelding who will make his 81st career start, seeking his 19th career victory which escaped him by a nose in his last outing. His resume’ includes victories in the ’08 and ’09 Smarty Jones Classic Stakes at Philadelphia Park (now known as Parx).
UPDATED: Unforunately, Delaware River was among the Early Scratches.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Heckuva Ride (7-5)
#4 – Is That Blue (12-1)
#6 – Rosemont Drive (3-1)

2nd race – $18,000 Claiming 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Sandbaggin’ Lover (9-2)
#4 – Loose N Capable (6-1)
#1 – Classic Wildcat (8-5)

3rd race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming 3 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#1 – Count Floyd (10-1)
#5 – Afleet Tony (7-2)
#3 – Mr. Jiggles (12-1)

4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – 1 mile
#3 – Chewacla (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Slamming Well (9-2)
#7 – Carmichael’s Prize (8-5)

5th race – $10,000 Starter Allowance for 4 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#2 – Wheresmokethrsfire (4-1)
#8 – Castleton Park (9-2)
#1 – More Mayhem (3-1)

6th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#1 – Tyler’s Smile (5-2)
#6 – Gung Ho Bill (6-1)
#7 – With Out Papers (9-5)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#7 – Quatorze Royalty (5-1)
#2 – Skip To The North (9-2)
#5 – To The Moon (8-1)

8th race – $35,000 Allowance N1X for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#9 – Key To A Cure (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1 – Hot Escapde (9-2)
#7 – Crosseyed (4-1)

9th race – $33,000 Maidens for fillies & mares 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#6 – Wonder Girl Tori (6-1)
#2 – Parker’s Peaks (3-1)
#9 – Zaharias (5-2)

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