Something special could take place at the Maryland State Fair on Sunday. No, the world’s smallest lady isn’t going to ride the world’s smallest horse in the 8th race. Maybe all of my top picks for the Sunday card will win?! Doubtful. That would be closer to being a miracle. Actually, it involves a low-level claiming horse by the name of Rapid Redux.
It’s hard to fathom mentioning Rapid Redux in the same breath as Hall Of Famers Citation and Cigar, but David Wells trained runner has a chance to win his sixteenth straight race when he breaks from the gate on the Timonium Race Course dirt oval in the Sunday headliner on Sunday.
The 5 year old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect was claimed by owner Robert Cole for $6,500 at Penn National last October. In 2010 he won 7 of 14 races and is a perfect 13 for 13 this year. His fifteen straight wins have come at distances ranging from five furlongs to a mile and an eighth. This versatile runner has beaten starter-allowance company eleven times during the streak.
“The last race was really tough on him,” said Wells. “We woke him up really early and it was a six hour trip (to Thistledowns in Cleveland). A sprinter really wore him down and he was tired after the effort. But he’s back, he’s sharp and we expect a big effort out of him on Sunday.”.
Sunday’s feature will find Rapid Redux facing six starter-allowance types at 1-1/16th miles, which takes them around three turns at the scenic York Road spa. Juan Acosta, who has won two races aboard Rapid Redux, regains the mount. Sunday’s feature goes at 3:55 p.m.
Recapping Day 5 (Saturday, September 3rd)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…
What a “chalky” day! Seven (7) winners from 10 races were among my picks which also hit six (6) Exactas and two (2) Trifectas, yet I barely escaped the day with more green than I had prior to the 1st race after I indulged in a few beverages, fries, pit beef sandwich and topped it all off with a deep-fried Kool-Aid ball (all the rage of State Fairs across the country).
Best Bet Smokey Fella (# 1; 7th race; 6-5) took a lot of action as the betting public sent him off as the 6-5 favorite, down from his 4-1 M/L, recognizing the same fact I did. He has tremendous early speed but tires after 4 furlongs. Well, this race was only 4 furlongs, he was challenged for the lead every step of the way and was game enough to finish second, paying $3.80 to PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 4 selections at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW.
Longshot Peace Frog (# 7; 4th race; 6-1) got a clean break and prompted the pace early on, but was no match for the 3-5 favorite (#2 – No Biggie) in the final furlong but was much the best of the rest, paying $5.80 PLACE and $3.40 for the SHOW.
Longshot pick scorecard from 4 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 2 PLACE – 0 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $26 on Rainbow Inthestorm (# 5; 7th race; 2-1) was billed as “money in the bank” by yours truly to keep the SHOW Parlay Play alive, which he did but only with a little more than a length to spare as he challenged for he lead throughout the 4 furlong sprint, but was overtaken by two other rivals. He paid $2.60 to SHOW, which added $7.80 to the Show Parlay bankroll to “Let It Ride” on Sunday..
For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 6 (Sunday, September 4th)…
1st race – $4,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Patch Of Fire (5-2)
#3 – Our Jaks (6-5)
#2 – Empress Lisa (9-5)
2nd race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming – 4 furlongs
#7 – Piper’s Punch (5-2)
#4 – Not In Control (9-2)
#5 – Unbridled Babe (4-1)
3rd race – $7,500 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Smock (7-2) *** BEST BET ***
#2 – Water Ice (20-1)
#6 – Queen of the Disco (7-2)
4th race – $5,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs
#6 – Four X the Trouble (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#4 – Not My Problem (8-1)
#3 – Unpinkable (5-1)
5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Hardrock Kid (8-1)
#3 – Kansas Tornado (3-1)
#8 – Big Apple Alke (4-1)
6th race – $22,000 Maiden 2 y.o. fillies – 6½ furlongs
#2 – Sugadadeze (5-2)
#7 – Aspen Blush (9-2)
#4 – Riley’s Rampage (3-1)
7th race –$23,000 Allowance NW2L – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Golden Account (6-1)
#2 – Jake’s Lil Man (6-1)
#9 – Roman Touch (8-1)
8th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance – 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Albrecht (4-1)
#3 – Rapid Redux (3-5)
#5 – Ham and Ernie (8-1)
9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Please Sir (9-5)
#5 – Here for the Music (4-1)
#9 – Daddy’s Caddy (5-1)
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $33.80 ($26 bankroll – $26 wager + $33.80 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $33 on Sugadadeze (# 2; 6th race; 5-2) is a 2 year old filly who ran against the boys on the turf in a minor stakes race, finishing 4th by 5½ lengths, but just 3 in back of Play Eighteen who ran a strong 2nd here yesterday to a promising Wesley Ward runner in the feature. Malcolm Franklin who rode her in 2 of her 3 lifetime efforts makes his 2011 Timonium Meet debut to help guide her to her maiden victory. Even if she’s not victorious, it’s hard to imagine she won’t be in the money.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and take in a gorgeous Sunday, go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds, and enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!