Laurel Park: Chris Grove and Malcolm Franklin have BIG Saturday

August 14, 2010 | Gary Quill

What a beautiful weekend to be outside and Sunday’s card at Laurel Park has the look for some potential prices. Saturday was a bit rough handicapping-wise because Laurel Park track management decided to take the 3rd and 5th races off the turf, which decimated the fields in these two races. The idea was to keep the turf course in good condition for the ALL TURF PICK-3 races, which were the 8th, 9th and 10th. Hopefully on Sunday, all scheduled turf races will be run on the turf.


On Saturday, trainer Chris Grove runners took advantage of the 3rd and 5th races being moved to the main track to score victories in both races. In fact Grove won four (4) consecutive races, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th with Hello Easy Street ($5.60), Firefighter ($3.80, who was claimed by Ferris Allen III),  Joepaul’streasure ($4.40) and Pride Park ($9.80). Jockey Malcolm Franklin who rode five (5) winners on the card was aboard the final three winners for Grove while also guiding first-time starter Sweet Susan ($4.80) for trainer Tim Tullock in the 7th race and won the night cap (10th race) on Fran Campitelli trained Checks Cashed ($17.80).


Recapping Day 7 (Saturday, August 14th) selections at the Laurel Park Mini Meet…


Best Bet Giron  (# 8; 6th race; 3-1) at ran a nice, stalking race, but was wide throughout the far turn, closed ground in the stretch but could not get to the top two, losing out by a head for place money, paying a meager $2.10 to SHOW.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 6 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 2 SHOW.

Longshot Deputy Express  (# 6; 5th race off the turf; 7-2) ran despite this race being moved to the main track. He did manage to finish 3rd, missing 2nd by a nose… in a 4 horse race, Doooooooohhhhhlllll.  Longshot pick scorecard from 7 selections at the Laurel Mini Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 3 SHOW


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$44 on Queen Of The Turf (# 7; 3rd race off the turf; 4-1) was scratched when this race was taken off the turf as she prefers running on grass. So no bet here but still have $44 to “Let It Ride” on Day 8.


For the Laurel Mini Meet, Day 8 (Sunday, August 15th)…


Best Bet:   Lady Wolf  (# 6; 9th race on the turf; 3-1)


This Maiden $24k turf event has a full field of fillies who have run on the turf and fared well, but have yet to cross the wire first. This gal has never finish further back than 3 lengths from the winner in four career starts, all on the turf going a distance. The trainer/ownership usually run at Delaware Park, but invades Maryland in hopes for a maiden score. 



Longshot:    Gift From The Sea  (# 13; 3rd race on the turf; 15-1)


This 4 year old daughter of Stormy Atlantic has only two turf starts in her 23 race career, finishing 4th in both versus allowance company. Her dirt form matches this Claiming level ($7,500), but seems to step up her game when running on the lawn as her top speed figure was registered in one of those two turf events. She’s on the AE List, so she needs someone to scratch out in order to draw in.  


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $86.20 ($86.20 bankroll – $44 wager + $44 return due to scratch)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $44 on Skeleton Crew (# 10; 5th race on turf; 2-1) is a 7 year old who has been a pretty honest turf runner, hitting the board in 13 of 18 turf outings, including 4 of 5 on the Laurel turf. He exits a $25k Claiming race on the Penn National turf a winner and drops in here for $14k. That is not suspicious because who would claim a 7 year old? Jock Rosemary Homeister, Jr. is at her best on the turf, so she should be able to guide this old guy home for a top 3 finish to keep the current SHOW parlay alive.


For more of my selections at Laurel Park and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to…GQ’s No Chalk Zone

It’s going to be a great Sunday to take in 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at Laurel Park. Good Luck!