The 23rd running of the Maryland Million event is scheduled for October 4th at Laurel Park, and this year there will be a special tribute to Jim McKay. In the future, with legislative approval during the 2009 session, the racing event will be known as Jim McKay Maryland Million Day and the trophy for the Classic Race named in his honor.
Jim McKay was responsible for the creation of the Maryland Million program, modeling it on the first Breeders’ Cup run in 1984. In 1985 Jim championed the idea with local industry groups, breeders and owners whose support he would need to make “Maryland Million Day” become a reality. His herculean efforts resulted in the first running on October 18, 1986 at Laurel Park.
Recapping my selections from Friday, Sept. 19th at Laurel Park …
Best Bet, Love That Dance (# 6; 6th race; 4-5) was bet down to Secretariat-like odds of 1-5 but failed to deliver a 20% win payoff as she gave up her lead in the last 70 yards to finish second to You Rock. Love That Dance paid a meager 2.10 and 2.10 to Place and Show, respectively.
Longshot, Dream Digger (# 12; 5th race on the turf; 12-1) was scratched.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $114 on Red Gulch (# 9; 2nd race; 9-5) scored an easy win as the 7-5 favorite who had no problems distancing himself from (in my opinion) his only rival, Prowling Tiger, paying $4.80 3.00 2.40. That SHOW pay-off increases the parlay amount by $22.80.
Here’s who I like for Saturday, Sept. 20th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet: Rough Shot / Imagini entry (# 1/1A; 2nd race; 3-2)
Take your pick because these stable mates are the two best among this group. I’ll go as far to say if one gets scratched, no matter which one, I’ll take my chances on the other. If both run, you might be better off making a Place wager because if they happen to run 1-2, the Place pay-off might exceed the Win pay-off?
Longshot: Fine Shine (# 6; 5th race on the turf; 8-1)
He was last seen on the track back in April putting in a horrible effort on a muddy surface. Maybe he needed the time off to regroup, get in shape and test the Laurel grass course where he’s been ITM 2 out of 3 lifetime starts. He’s a deep closer who will need a quick early pace to have a chance in the final strides here.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $196.90 ($174.10 – $114 bet + $136.80 return)
With a five race winning streak on the line and a handsome return so far, at this time we’ll reduce the parlay amount by $20 (equal to our original bet) by putting it back into our reserve, guaranteeing an $80 bankroll if/when the parlay loses… …
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $116 on Legendary Lover (# 5; 9th race; 4-1)
In today’s feature race, the $50k Deputed Testamony Stakes, there is a fair amount of speed in this one mile contest. Legendary Lover has proven he can come from off the pace to score. Even though his pilot, Travis Dunkelberger is still looking for his first win at this meet, he’s good enough to hit the board if not win it.
These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!
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