Friday’s twilight racing card was well attended and the modern rock sounds of Qi-Lo was a hit with the Gen X crowd. Journeyman J.D. Acosta was the designated “Draft Jockey”. He had 4 mounts, 2 of which had Post Time odds of 8-5 and 3-5, yet he failed to win a race, thus MJC saved money and didn’t have to serve up any HALF PRICE draught beers. Hopefully, next Friday the Laurel Park patrons will have better luck with the designated “Draft Jockey”.
Recapping Day 3 (Friday, August 6th) selections at the Laurel Park Mini Meet…
Best Bet Agave Ridge (#1; 4th race; 5-2) grabbed an uncontested lead as expected but the fractions were quicker than anticipated. At the 1/8th pole a challenge looked her square in the eye, but somehow she was up to the challenge and prevailed for the gate-to-wire victory paying $7.80 $5.60 $3.20.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 3 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW.
Longshot Summer Wind Haley (# 4; 9th race on the turf;10-1) broke sharply and was in a nice position throughout the race, but when it came time to do some serious running, she came up empty, finishing 5th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 3 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Ham And Ernie (# 2; 7th race on turf; 9-2) was in a perfect stalking position from gate to the stretch, but uncharacteristically did not close ground. Rather he backed up badly, taking down the SHOW parlay. For Day 4 we’ll reach back into the reserve once again.
For the Laurel Mini Meet, Day 4 (Saturday, August 7th)…
Best Bet: Forest King (# 5; 2nd race; 4-1)
In a race that lacks early speed, this 4 year old son of Forestry should be able to grab the lead and keep it for the entire one mile contest. He exits a 7½ furlong grass event at Philly Park which hopefully served as a good prep to give a top effort here.
Longshot: Silent Jet (# 5; 5th race;15-1)
In this 5½ furlong event, there is plenty of early speed to give a WIN opportunity to a runner who can come from off the pace. Not only is Silent Jet one of those type runners, but he returns to a Laurel Park main track where he’s hit the board in 6 of 7 races and 3 of 4 at this distance. He might be a “horse for the course” and provide a nice mutuel payoff.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $60 ($80 bankroll – $20 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Conceit (# 6; 7th race on turf; 3-1) has faced better in his most recent turf sprints, and adds blinkers for the first time in his career. Trainer Timothy Keefe gets 33% of his runners to the Winners Circle after adding the shades. Winner’s Circle?! Heck, I’ll take a 3rd place finish.
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It’s going to be a great Summer Saturday weather-wise, so why not try to make it a great one money-wise and take in 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at Laurel Park. Good Luck!