Laurel Park: Selections for Friday, Sept. 19th

September 19, 2008 | Gary Quill

Are the wild swings in the stock market making you lose sleep at night? Relax. Try something different this weekend and enjoy 9 exciting chase scenes at Laurel Park. Where else can you get 4 hours of entertainment for less than $20 (betting $2 WIN, PLACE or SHOW on each race) and have a chance to leave afterwards with more than your original $20?
Recapping my selections from Thursday, Sept. 18th at Laurel Park …
Best Bet, Too Salty For Me (# 4; 2nd race; 5-2) never got the lead, but settled in behind the early leader, following him from gate to wire at odds of 7-2 to finished a “best of the rest’ second, paying $4.00 and $2.10.
Longshot, Populist (# 7; 5th race on the turf; 8-1) was scratched.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $63 on Gianna’s Princess (# 2; 7th race on turf; 4-1) was a big, fat, winner in this race paying $7.20 4.00 3.60. That SHOW pay-off increases the parlay amount for today to $114.
Here’s who I like for Friday, Sept. 19th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Love That Dance (# 6; 6th race; 4-5)

She’s a standout among this group of 2 year old fillies based on her performances in her 3 career races. Quick from the gate and smooth sailing if she is well, which the A.M. drills suggest she is. The potential for an 80% return in a minute and change is attractive.

Longshot:        Dream Digger (# 12; 5th race on the turf; 12-1)
I love the baby (2 year old) maiden races on the turf, especially when the field is full of first-timers. My Dad taught me a lot about playing the ponies. Probably the most valuable piece of information he passed onto me was the ability to recall good turf horses in the bloodlines. Dream Digger’s sire Rahy was a really nice turf runner who has passed on that trait to his offspring. He’s on the Also Eligible List today, so hopefully there will be a scratch or two allowing him to make his debut today.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $174.10   ($123.70 – $63 bet + $113.40  return)

With a four race winning streak on the line…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $114 on Red Gulch (# 9; 2nd race; 9-5)

This race is filled with bad, low-level claimers and appears that only two have shown the ability to contend even at this ($5k) level. Prowling Tiger (#1) took a big class drop last time out and ran a disappointing 4th. So I’m betting that Red Gulch is in good enough shape to finish in the top 3 here.

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

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