Laurel Park Saturday Selections & Eclipse Awards

January 14, 2012 | Gary Quill

The Maryland Jockey Club will make presentations to jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Dane Kobiskie between races Saturday afternoon for finishing atop the standings at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course a year ago.

Russell, who will be honored before the fifth race, rode 126 winners at the major Maryland tracks in 2011 and captured all three meet titles (Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall). Kobiskie will be honored one race later. The former rider saddled 58 winners at Laurel and Pimlico during the 2011 campaign, winning at an impressive 28% rate.

Nationally, horse racings 2011 Eclipse Awards are on Monday evening (7pm EST). Television Games Networks will present live coverage of the 40th annual Eclipse Awards at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. A Maryland connection could win Horse of the Year. No not Rapid Redux. Rather the namesake of a historic town in Harford County, Havre de Grace. She was the most consistent runner through 2011 while beating the boys in the Gr. 1 Woodward. Even though she couldn’t repeat that effort in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, falling 3 lengths short of the winner (Drosselmeyer) certainly wasn’t an embarrassment.

Here are my opinions for Laurel Park’s Winter Meet Saturday card, January 14, 2011.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 yr old fillies – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Ringside Rose (6-1)
#6 – Ken Sing A Song (2-1)
#5 – Queen Royale (7-2)

2nd race – $14,000 Claiming – 7 furlongs
#4 – Count On Lou (8-5)
#5 – Hey Doc Holiday (12-1)
#1/1A – Access Love / Bellagio (2-1)

3rd race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 yr old fillies – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Be Fast (2-1) *** BEST BET ***
#8 – Beer Tears (6-1)
#7 – Promessa Doce (8-1)

4th race – $25,000 Claiming for 3 yr old fillies – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Unanimous Consent (9-2)
#1 – Snow Flurry (3-1)
#6 – Rock N Mary (2-1)

5th race – $40,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 yr old – 5½ furlongs
#1 – The Caller (4-5)
#5 – Regal Return (10-1)
#3 – Going To Market (8-5)

6th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3 yr old fillies – 1 mile
#7 – Two Hearts In One (4-1)
#2 – Boudicca (6-1)
#1 – Dafina (15-1)

7th race – $31,000 Allowance NW1X for fillies and mares – 6 furlongs
#5 – So Picky (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#8 – She’s Offlee Wild (6-1)
#4 – All Mettle (5-2)

8th race – $30,000 Claiming NW3L – 7 furlongs
#3 – Indy Krizz (7-2)
#4 – Great Aztec (2-1)
#1 – Groovy Music (10-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6 furlongs
#4 – Storm Gal (3-1)
#8 – Princess Malka (9-2)
#1 – Hokkaido (7-2)