Laurel Park: Selections for Twilight racing; FREE Admission and Music

August 19, 2010 | Gary Quill

Start your weekend entertainment off on the right foot and consider taking in a little horse racing and music at Laurel Park. Fridays 1st Post is 3:35pm with Happy Hour Specials and FREE Admission, along with Foosball, Air Hockey and Darts in the Horse Wizard Room, Jockey Of The Day Draft, Rody Races. Food and drink specials from 3:30-7:00pm feature $4 appetizers and $2 frozen drinks, drafts and wine. Live music will be performed by the modern rock band Willies Light. Here’s a sampling…



Hopefully the third time will be charm as far as Friday’s “Jockey Of The Day Draft” promotion, where Laurel Park officials designate a jockey, if he/she wins a race, all draft beer will be half (1/2) price from the time that race becomes official until Post Time of the next race. On the first Friday, it was J.D. Acosta who had 5 mounts, 2 were the favorites but he failed to win any race that night. So no 1/2 price drafts. Last Friday it was apprentice jockey Christopher Ho who had 6 mounts, but 2 were scratched, and the other 4 had Morning Line odds of 8-1, 20-1, 30-1 and 20-1. Besides riding horses who typically have a “snowballs chance in hell” of winning, Christopher’s winning percentage for the year is only 8%. No surprise that Laurel patrons paid full price throughout that racing card.  


This Friday is the final Friday of this abbreviated meet with twilight racing. Let’s hope the promotions department at Laurel Park has a heart and selects a jockey that has a legitimate chance of winning a race. If you go to Laurel on Friday and plan on “having a few”, and the “Jockey Of The Day” is either Rosemary Homeister, Jr., Forest Boyce or Russell Sheldon, don’t buy beer until a race is run. These 3 will give you the best shot (multiple times) to catch a break on your bar bill.


Recapping Day 8 (Sunday, August 15th) selections at the Laurel Park Meet…


Best Bet Lady Wolf  (# 6; 9th race on the turf; 3-1) was scratched when the race was taken off the turf due to the rain all on Sunday.

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

Longshot Gift From The Sea  (# 13; 3rd race off the turf; 9-2) ran despite this race being moved from the turf to the sloppy track, which reasons I cannot explain was bet down from 15-1 to 9-2, and ran a dull 5th. Since this selection was based on a TURF ONLY effort, so no bet was in order.

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 Skeleton Crew (# 10; 5th race on turf; 2-1) was scratched when this race was taken off the turf as he prefers running on grass. So no bet here but still have $44 to “Let It Ride” on Day 9. 



For the Laurel Mini Meet, Day 9 (Friday, August 20th)…


Best Bet:   Tenacious Tripp  (# 7; 3rd race on the turf; 9-2)


Absolutely love the turf breeding on this 3 y.o. filly who makes her debut for an outfit who sends them out right to win at first asking and does well with it’s turf runners. Smart jock choice as Justin Shepherd “cut his teeth” on the TX racing circuit and was a go to guy for turf races.


Longshot:    Danced All Night  (# 6; 2nd race; 15-1)


Exits 3 sub-par efforts at CT at this same level but going 7f. Returns to track where she’s had the most success (3-2-2 of 16) and shortened (6 f.) distance (2-3-2 of 11). Jock (Geovany Garcia) was on board the last 2 times she was ITM.


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


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $44 on Water Of Life  (# 14; 7th race on turf; 5-2) ships in from Del via CD turf efforts for trainer Steve Margolis’ only entry on the card. This 3 y.o. filly has 3 turf races under her belt and all filled with trouble yet still managed to finish within 3 lengths of winner in each race. I have faith in jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.’s ability to keep her out of traffic and run down the fading speed 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 .

Start your weekend off on a winning note, take in 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at Laurel Park.