Laurel Park: Selections for Thursday, Sept. 18th

September 18, 2008 | Gary Quill

Magna Entertainment, parent company of Laurel Park is contributing $2 million towards the “Pro Slots” cause. That’s some serious coin and speaks volumes as to how badly the horse racing industry needs this referendum to pass in order to survive beyond 2009.
Recapping my selections from Wednesday, Sept. 17th at Laurel Park …
Best Bet, Classy Credentials (# 1; 4th race; 3-2) was the 4-5 betting favorite but ran into tough racing luck when she was forced to avoid a fallen horse early in the race. After recovering, she moved at the leader entering the stretch but had nothing left at the eighth pole and settled for third, paying $2.10
Longshot, Best Approach (# 7; 1st race; 6-1) never got involved in this contest at 14-1, finishing an uneventful trip in 5th place.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $37 on Heavenly Moon (# 10; 7th race; 3-1) was a wise selection. Though the betting public wasn’t convinced (Final Odds of 7-2), she ran her typical solid race finishing second, just ¾ length behind the winner returning $3.40 to SHOW. Our bet pays $62.90 as the SHOW parlay lives on.
Here’s who I like for Thursday, Sept. 18th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet:         Too Salty For Me (# 4; 2nd race; 5-2)

Throw out his last race and he’s a winner today. It’s that easy. If only they all were this easy to handicap. With a clean break, he should be able to grab the early lead and never look back.

Longshot:        Populist (# 7; 5th race on the turf; 8-1)
She only has raced once on the grass (runner-up at 5 ½ furlongs among maidens), but was entered in an overnight stakes turf race at Delaware Park in June going 1 1/16 mile (today’s distance) which was taken off the turf due to unfavorable conditions that day. Appears trainer Gary Capuano had confidence in her grass running ability in June, so I’ll back her today in a $32k Allowance affair.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $123.70   ($97.80 – $37 bet + $62.90 return)

With a three race winning streak on the line…

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $63 on Gianna’s Princess (# 2; 7th race on turf; 4-1)

This 4 year old is 4 for 4 in hitting the board on the Laurel Park turf course. She doesn’t have the motivation to cross the wire first (1 of 16 lifetime) but at today’s distance and level has never failed to pick up a check.

These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!
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