Nice way to start off the Laurel meet as both my Best Bet and Longshot picks on Saturday scored easy victories at generous prices (details below). I know Wednesday will be a winner. How could it not be? 19 years ago I said, “I do” to my beautiful bride, Jeanne. Somehow 19 years later she still loves me and puts up with my #1 sports passion, horse racing.
Slot machine argument FACT: For all who are against slot machines, there are more “for amusement only” (wink, wink) Video Poker machines in Baltimore City drinking establishments than there are slot machines at Dover Downs in Delaware. Education would receive 50% of legal slot machine revenue in Maryland. Horse racing would get a whopping 7%. Any guess what percentage of Video Poker machine revenue goes directly into the drinking establishment owners pocket… tax free? And you’re OK with that, right?
Recapping my selections from Saturday, September 6th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet, Shannon H (# 3; 6th race) raced just off the pace into the stretch then made a strong move in putting away the early speed to win by 3 lengths. The 5-2 2nd choice paid $7.80 4.40 and 2.40.
Longshot, Rock N’ Bid (# 15; 7th race) was listed at 15-1 Morning Line as a Main Track Only entry for this race originally scheduled to be run on the turf. As predicted, Tropical Storm Hanna dumped a few inches of rain on the region which resulted in a six horse field over a sloppy track. Even with the small field, Rock N’ Bid was sent off as 4th choice at 6-1 and breezed past the 1-5 chalk in deep stretch to win by 2, returning $15.60 4.40 and 4.60.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, J J Makkem (# 6; 1st race) was bet down to the 5-2 2nd choice but never got on track as she raced “evenly” finishing in 4th. Not a good start to the SHOW parlay.
Here’s who I like for Wednesday, Sept. 10th at Laurel Park…
Best Bet: False Alarm (# 1; 4th race; 3-1)
Usually I hate to back one who just won her second career race (in 15 starts) last time out, but she looks to be the “speed of the race”. There is no question that she’ll get the early lead. What I like is I don’t see any of her opponents putting much pressure on her early. If this plays out, she’ll have plenty left in the tank to hold off any of her more formidable stretch running foes.
Longshot: Leipzig (# 3; 3rd race; 20-1)
Trainer Sanna Hendriks has two entries on today’s card, Leipzig and then in the 5th race (6-1 M/L) Tifone. One of these two will most likely win because Hendriks is an amazing trainer of grass runners (wins 27% of starters) even though the majority of them are steeplechase runners. Add the fact that Leipzig makes his 2nd career start on the grass in which Hendriks gets 38% of these types to the Winners Circle.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80 ($100 – $20 bet + $0 return)
My initial $20 wager went down the drain. Today’s another day.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Dr. Rico (# 7; 5th race; 9-2)
Scheduled for 1 1/16 mile on the turf, let’s cross our fingers that track management deems the turf course in good enough shape to run on it.
Dr. Rico is as honest as they come at this level ($32k) and distance on the sod. He’s only been off the board once in six lifetime efforts on the grass at this distance. That one time he was in over his head yet still ran fourth. This makes him a solid SHOW Parlay play.
These are who I like. How about you? Good luck with your selections!
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