New Pimlico Logo; Thursday Selections at Laurel

February 22, 2012 | Gary Quill

On Tuesday the Maryland Jockey Club unveiled a new logo for Pimlico Race Course. Pimlico, which opened on October 25, 1870, is the second oldest racetrack in the United States and is home to the $1 million Preakness Stakes®, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

The new logo is a composition of the cupola weather vane and clean typography of the name Pimlico. The weather vane is one of the most iconic features at Pimlico. Since 1909, as soon as the Preakness has been declared official, a painter applies the colors of the victorious owner’s silks and the number of the winning horse onto the weather vane which sits atop the cupola in the Preakness winners’ circle.

The 2012 Pimlico spring meeting opens Friday, March 30th and will be headlined by the 137th running of the Preakness on Saturday, May 19.

Here are my opinions for Laurel Park’s Winter Meet Thursday card, Feb.23rd.
1st race post is 12:35pm EST.

1st race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 yr old fillies – 6 furlongs
#6 – Haitian Nation (2-1)
#5 – Unanimous Constent (9-5)
#3 – Orange’s Lil Sis (6-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 yr olds & up NW4L – 6 furlongs
#2 – Bumpy Road (3-1)
#5 – Beth’s Mark (15-1)
#7 – All For Peace (8-1)

3rd race – $7,500 Claiming for 4 yr olds & up – 5½ furlongs
#2X – Free Country (9-5) xx
#4 – Chac Mool (4-1)
#1 – Please Sir (5-1) x

4th race – $15,000 Claiming for 4 yr olds & up NW3L – 6 furlongs
#7 – Billy Chapel (6-1)
#8 – Celestial Fields (9-2)
#1 – Captain My Captain (5-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 yr olds & up NW3L – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Big M J (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#8 – Big Code (6-1)
#1 – Fiery Footwork (7-5)

6th race – $33,000 Maidens for 3 yr olds – 6 furlongs
#7 – Decisive Move (5-2) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Leadhills (6-1)
#8 – Salt And Light (3-1)

7th race – $35,000 Allowance n1x for 4 yr old fillies – 6 furlongs
#5 – Queen Cleopatra (4-1)
#1 – Three Ways Home (3-1)
#6 – Pleasant Aspect (20-1)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming for 3 yr olds – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Team Six (3-1)
#2 – Political Justice (5-1)
#4 – Spanish Officer (15-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 4 yr olds & up – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Father Mudd (7-2) *
#7 – Gogo Baby (8-1)
#3 – Mia’s Angel (5-2)

* – Trained by Dale Capuano who stands at 2,999 career wins, who also saddles
… in race 5 #7 – The A. Train (5-1)
… in race 7 #7 – Seeyouinthetown (7-2)

x – entrymate #1A – Hot Escapade is scratched.
xx – entrymate #2 – Awesome Son is scratched.

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