Laurel Park: Plenty of turf racing on Saturday

August 14, 2010 | Gary Quill

Saturday’s feature race at Laurel Park is the $50,000 Jameela Stakes, run at 6 furlongs on the turf. The entry box for this one overflowed as 14 were entered, but starters are limited to 11. The 2-1 Morning Line favorite is Blind Date who is coupled with stablemate, Sales Tax. Friday’s races were taken off the turf in order to “save” it for the 5 turf races scheduled on Saturday’s card.


Recapping Day 6 (Friday, August 13th) selections at the Laurel Park Mini Meet…


Best Bet I’m Your Gal  (# 3; 4th race; 5-2) was bet early at odds of 4-5, so one would think this one was ready for a big effort… not! Ran very dull… and Dunkelberger came to Laurel just to ride her?!

Best Bet pick scorecard from 5 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW.

Longshot Berning Man (# 3; 7th race off the turf; 8-1) was selected for a possible improvement running on the turf. Races on Friday were taken off the turf, but this one still ran a decent race, finishing 3rd behind the co-favorites, paying $3.00 to SHOW.   

Longshot pick scorecard from 6 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 2 SHOW


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$44 on Enjoyable (# 7; 3rd race off the turf; 9-5) was scratched when races were taken off the turf as she prefers running on grass. So no bet here but still have $44 to “Let It Ride” on Day 7.


For the Laurel Mini Meet, Day 7 (Saturday, August 14th)…


Best Bet:   Giron  (# 8; 6th race; 4-1)


There is plenty of early speed in here to run at late. He does well at this distance (1 mile) and at Laurel (2 wins, 1 place, 1 show in 8 races). Exits grass effort which should help today as he moves back onto the dirt. Tallied best career speed figure here at Laurel. Favorite (#2) in here is vulnerable.


Longshot:    Deputy Express (# 6; 5th race on the turf; 20-1)


This 4 year old daughter of Tapit had success early in her career on the turf. Despite the trainers 0 for 19 in 2010, her last 2 at Delaware Park on the turf were far from horrible even though she was in way over her head. Today she gets one of the best turf riders (Horatio Karamanos) in MD in the irons, which is an automatic improvement. If he brings her turf breeding out in her… look for some huge pari-mutuel prices.


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $86.20 ($86.20 bankroll – $44 wager + $44 return due to scratch)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $44 on Queen Of The Turf (# 7; 3rd race on turf; 4-1) makes her 38th career start, this will be the 35th on the turf. The 8 year old mare has hit the board in 21 of 34 grass outings. Her best racing days might be behind her, but at this low Claiming level, she should still be able to pick up a check, good enough to keep the current SHOW parlay alive.


For more of my selections at Laurel Park and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to GQ’s No Chalk Zone

It’s going to be a great weekend. Why not try to make it a great one money-wise and take in 10 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at Laurel Park. Good Luck!