Laurel Park: Selections for Saturday, Sept. 13th

September 13, 2008 | Gary Quill

At Monmouth Park, Big Brown makes his second start since his failed attempted to capture horse racings Triple Crown in June. He won the Haskell Invitational in his last start. Today, in the $500k Monmouth Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 mile on the turf course, he faces older horses for the first time in his career. I believe the 2-1 Morning Line favorite will be off the board! I’ll box Bobby Frankel trained Proudinsky, Skakis and Drum Major in the exacta.
Recapping my selections from Friday, September 12th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet, Elfriede (# 5; 1st race; M/L 5-2) ran exactly as I anticipated as she drew away from the field in the stretch, in hand, to win by 5 making her 9-5 final odds look like easy money, paying $5.80 3.20 2.60.
Longshot, Phloxy (# 10; 3rd race on the turf; 20-1) raced wide throughout this contest, never got involved and ran true to her 20-1 odds while finishing 7th.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Jet Run (# 6; 7th race on the turf; 3-1) proved to be a wise bet. The 7-2 3rd choice prevailed by a nose in a 3 horse photo for the SHOW money, returning $3.60. That’s a nice SHOW payoff considering his 7-2 odds.
I’m staying away from the turf races because of the rain last night and iffy weather today. Here’s who I like for Saturday, Sept. 13th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Ham And Ernie (# 6; 1st race; 2-1)

Has run respectably in his first two career starts, but connections continue to drop him in class… just looking to score? Hopefully the added distance will help, not hurt his chances today. Third time is a charm?

Longshot:        Dunderhead (# 1; 4th race; 20-1)
I’m willing to ignore four (4) negatives solely based on this first-timers sire, Waquoit, who ran his best races over a sloppy track. The 4 negatives are… #1 Post for a first-timer; first-timer being offered in a claiming race; being offered for $2k less that the stated claiming price just to catch a 4 lb. weight advantage and was purchased at auction for less than a 32” HDTV ($1k).
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $96     ($80 – $20 bet + $36 return)

With a one race winning streak on the line…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $36 on Task Force (# 5; 6th race; 5-2)

It’s not that I like him so much, it’s that his 6 rivals appear to dislike running on an off track. If he’s in any kind of shape, running at least 3rd in a 7 horse field should not be a stretch.

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

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