Laurel Park: Selections for Thursday, Sept. 11th

September 11, 2008 | Gary Quill

Someone please explain to me why Georganne Hale, Racing Secretary at Laurel would construct a card where half of the races (8) were slated to be run on the turf knowing “Hanna” would dump several inches of rain in our area? Well, due to her lack of foresight, rail birds at Laurel Park yesterday were greeted with a tons of scratches as track management decided switch all turf races onto the main oval.
Recapping my selections from Wednesday, September 10th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet, False Alarm (# 1; 4th race; 3-1) showed her early speed as predicted but had company on the front end but the pace was honest. As the field turned for home False Alarm pulled away from her early rival, but could not hold off the 6-5 choice in the final strides. As 3-1 2nd choice, False Alarm’s runner-up finish return 3.00 and 2.40.
Longshot, Leipzig (# 3; 3rd race of the turf; 20-1) was scratched due to this race being taken off the turf.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, turf-specialist Dr. Rico (# 7; 5th race; 9-2) was another victim of a course change to the main track and was scratched.
Here’s who I like for Thursday, Sept. 11th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Eddie C. (# 2; 6th race; 8-5)

This 6 year old rarely runs a bad race. Considering Ramon Dominguez opted to ride him at laurel versus take the entire day off speaks volumes of his chances.

Longshot:        Gold House (# 10; 8th race on the turf; 6-1)
There are plenty of runners who could score here. Given Karamanos picked favorite Limey over Gold House doesn’t raise the yellow flag because the next best turf jock at Laurel (Malcolm Franklin) picks up the mount.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80     ($80 – $0 no bet, selection scratched)

Let’s go back to a turf race, no rain in the forecast…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Icy One o Four (# 2; 5th race on turf; 7-2)

Scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, let’s cross our fingers that track management deems the turf course in good enough shape to run on it.

Icy is a cash cow. She has only made it to the Winners circle twice in 18 lifetime starts, but as been In The Money (ITM) in 14 of those races. Her turf record shows 9 times ITM out of 10. She’s entered with stablemate (Pillow Pal). It would be a good sign if Pillow Pal is scratched.
These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!

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