Laurel Park: Selections for Friday, Sept. 12th

September 12, 2008 | Gary Quill

The Laurel Park Marketing Dept. seems to be giving it “the old college try” with their College Pride Day on Saturday. FREE Admission with student ID and there will be numerous chances to win gift certificates. The college having the most students and/or alumni in attendance will have a race named in their honor. This sport needs to recruit some young blood to bring the average age of today’s horse player below 60.
Recapping my selections from Thursday, September 11th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet, Eddie C. (# 2; 6th race; 8-5) with Ramon Dominguez in the saddle for his only mount of the day ran an uninspiring 4th as the 8-5 favorite.
Longshot, Gold House (# 10; 8th race on the turf; 6-1) was scratched even though this race was run on the turf.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, Icy One o Four (# 2; 5th race on the turf; 7-2) was part of an entry where I had hoped that her stable mate (Pillow Pal) would be scratched. Unfortunately, Icy was the one who got scratched. For the second straight day no action on the SHOW parlay.
Here’s who I like for Friday, Sept. 12th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Elfriede (# 5; 1st race; 5-2)

Of the eight runners entered in this $8k Maiden Claiming affair, Elfriede is the only one dropping down (from $10k) in class. She’s hit the board in 5 of her 10 lifetime starts with a second and a third at today’s distance (1 mile). This field looks weak enough that today could be her best chance to graduate.

Longshot:        Phloxy (# 10; 3rd race on the turf; 20-1)
She’s making her career debut going long (1 1/16 mile) which is always asking a lot of a filly, but her bloodlines scream “run me on the grass” with Cozzene being her granddaddy. Trainer Kevin Boniface only gets 2% of his first-timers to the Winners Circle, but he does his best work with grass runners. An outside shot, but she’s attractive at these odds.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80     ($80 – $0 no bet, selection scratched)

Let’s go back to a turf race, no rain in the forecast…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Jet Run (# 6; 7th race on the turf; 3-1)

Trainer Howard Wolfendale not only sports a good win percentage (20%) but also sends all of his horses to the track on race day in shape to compete. Jet Run has only raced once on the turf and it was a forgettable 9th. That was when he was in the hands of a different barn. He’s worth a shot.

These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!

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