Laurel Saturday Selections and Holy Bull on Sunday

January 28, 2012 | Gary Quill

Laurel Park sister tracks, Gulfstream Park (FL) and Santa Anita Park (CA) co-host the Sunshine Millions on Saturday. It’s a joint spinoff from the Maryland Million where locally bred racehorses compete in attractively six-digit funded races.

At Gulfstream Park (GP), six races (5th thru 10th race) offer total purse money of $1.3 million, followed by 3 more races (4th, 5th and 6th) at Santa Anita Park (SA) for an additional $300,000 in purse money.

To promote the new HBO series “Luck” which premiers on Sunday evening, there will be a special “Luck Pick 6” wager, starting with the 8th race at GP, followed in sequence with the 4th at SA, 9th at GP, 5th at SA, 10th at GP and ending with the 6th at SA.

Hansen winning BC Juvenile

Sunday at Gulfstream Park the feature race is the Gr. 3 Holy Bull Stakes (race 10; Post Time 4:45pm EST). This is one of many 3 year old prep races on the “Road to the Preakness”. The 6-5 Morning Line favorite is Hansen (pictured above) who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November and won an Eclipse Award as the top 2 year old for 2011. Though he only faces five (5) foes, it could turn out to be a tough test as Consortium (3-1) and Algorithms (5-2) have been very impressive early in their careers. If Hansen gets the early lead without much pressure he’ll be tough to beat, but if he’s forced to set quick early fractions, look for Algorithms to spring the upset.

Here are my opinions for Laurel Park’s Winter Meet Saturday card, January 28th.

1st race – $5,000 Claiming – 1 1/8 mile
#7 – My Name Is Ralphie (12-1)
#1 – G’s Backinaction (20-1)
#4 – Lady Outflanker (8-5)

2nd race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L – 7 furlongs
#3 – Ring Ring (4-1)
#1 – Ganza (9-5)
#2 – Glackety (5-2)

3rd race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming – 1 1/16 miles
#11 – Pepper Joann (5-1)
#7 – Royalty For One (9-2)
#8 – Buffy (6-1)

4th race – $31,000 Allowance N1x – 1 mile
#4 – Listen Dear (3-1)
#6 – Regal Nurse (2-1)
#2 – Obligated (3-1)

5th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L – 6 furlongs
#2 – Sky Wars (6-1)
#3 – Jons Master Dancer (6-1)
#6 – Warren Bluffet (5-2)

6th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L – 1 mile
#4 – Castleton Park (5-2)
#6 – Roman Candle Light (6-1)
#3 – Wheresmokethrsfire (6-1)

7th race – $8,000 Claiming – 1 mile
#2/2X – Silver Slugger / Tiger’s Charm (4-1)
#6 – E Z Path (7-2)
#4 – Garden Tour (6-1)

8th race – $100,000 Dancing Count Stakes – 6 furlongs
#7 – Trippi’s Secret (6-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Rocky Gap (8-1)
#2 – Brooklyn Red (8-1)

9th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming – 1 mile
#10 – Yeoho (12-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#2 – Do It With Honors (3-1)
#3 – Carmichael’s Prize (9-5)

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