Opening Day of the Laurel Park Summer Mini Meet turned out to be a perfect afternoon for 9 exciting chase scenes (aka thoroughbred horse racing). For journeyman jockey Juan D. Acosta, it was a perfect day in that he had three (3) mounts and won on all three, scoring with Brahma Queen ($9.00) for trainer Dale Capuano in the fourth and then had back-to-back victories for top client Chris Grove aboard Pleasant Beau ($19.40) in the fifth and Night Q ($5.80) in the sixth.
Recapping Day 1 (Saturday 31st) selections at the Laurel Park Mini Meet…
Best Bet Got A Notion (#1; 4th race; 9-1) This selection was doomed before the gates opened. When a runner is 5-1 Morning Line and goes off at higher odds (9-1), seldom do they perform up to their ability, which she didn’t.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 1 selection at the Laurel Mini Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW.
Longshot Pins ‘N Needles (#1; 5th race on the turf; 7-1) ran like a horse who was 4 for 44 and 1 for 21 on the turf, unable to win but able to hit the board at a nice price, finishing 3rd paying $6.60 to SHOW.
Longshot pick scorecard from 1 selection at the Laurel Mini Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Go Maire Tu (#8; 1st race; 3-1) ran a superb second race of his career, notching his first victory romping by 5 lengths, paying $8.40 to WIN, $4.80 for the PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW, increasing the parlay amount to $34.00 to “Let It Ride” on Day 2.
For the Laurel Mini Meet, Day 2 (Sunday, August 1st)…
Best Bet: One Sunday (# 2; 8th race on the turf; 7-2)
Going in a 5½ furlong event on the turf, this distance appears to be his best with 5 wins, 5 runner-up finishes and a third in 13 tries. He earns his keep by running on the grass and only fits this races condition thanks to a token $5k Claiming dirt race at Timonium last August. He’ll be far back early and close with a rush in the stretch. Well, at least that’s what I believe.
Longshot: Count On Lou (# 1; 4th race;10-1)
This 4 year old gelding makes his first start since May 3rd for trainer Dale Capuano. A jump in class on paper, but has back class that Capuano may have tapped into during his nearly 3 month hiatus. He’s 2 for 2 at this (7 f.) distance and has a liking for the Laurel main oval finishing ITM in 8 of 11 efforts. Jock Erick Rodriguez is in the irons here for his only mount on the card and gets to the Winners Circle for Capuano 33% of the time.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $114 ($100 bankroll – $20 wager + $34 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $34 on Misty’s Dispute (# 5; 3rd race on turf; 8-1) has only hit the board in 1 of 4 turf outings in her career, but has never finished further than 3 lengths behind the winner in any of them. She sports the second best turf speed figure in this field of 10, which happened to be on the Laurel turf course. She’ll return a nice SHOW pay-off if she can hit the board today.
Looks like Day 2 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!