Maryland Horsemen and Breeders Long-Term Agreement Will Make Racing Stronger in Free State; Selections for Saturday at Laurel Park

November 30, 2012 | Gary Quill

Recapping my Thanksgiving Day selections at Laurel Park from Thursday, Nov. 22nd had 7 winners from 9 races (5 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $17.40 (1st race), $6.20 (3rd), $7.40 DH @ 6-1 (4th), $11.40 (5th) and $3.80 (7th), $3.20 (8th) and $5.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (9 4-1-2) Toots was sent-off at generous odds of 9-2 due to some hidden back class and the fact he was 0 for the year. Thankfully he closed stoutly in deep stretch to get up for the victory in the final strides to return $11.40 to WIN, $5.80 to PLACE and $4.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (9 3-0-0) In Hot Pursuit caught a speed favoring track and was too far back early to be a threat. He only managed a mild rally to finish 5th.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Partly Cloudy skies, but 0% chance of precipitation. So the MAIN TRACK will be FAST. Also note that this week Laurel Park decided to close the turf courses for the winter. So there will be no turf racing in Maryland until (hopefully) late March 2013. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Dec. 1st are posted below.

Two year old Whiskey Romeo (pictured on Page 1) is the 1-1 M/L favorite in the Marylander Stakes (7th race). Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#7 – Spinnacker Bay (2-1)
#3 – Backdoor Strike (5-1)
#1 – Pazitively Perfect (7-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up N2Y or N4L – 5½f
#9 – Three Ways Home $$$ LONGSHOT $$$ SCRATCHED
#10 – Sixty Acres (7-2)
#4 – Latika (10-1)

3rd race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#8 – Regal Surprise (3-1)
#5 – Finally Free (10-1)
#2 – Lilsexi (5-1)

4th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#1/1A – Purr and Prowl / Fib (4-1)
#2 – Any Other Name (12-1)
#7 – Simmadownnow (8-5)

5th race – $7,500 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#4 – Highly Justin (9-2) *** BEST BET ***
#5 – Soup D’coupe SCRATCHED
#1 – Leather Gloves (10-1)
#2 – Lacrosse Moon (5-1)

6th race – $7,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. or 4 y.o. & up NW3L – 6 furlongs
#6 – Bandits Hearts (3-1)
#5 – War and Thunder (9-5)
#2 – Our Bailiwick (15-1)

7th race – $125,000 Marylander Stakes for 2 y.o. – 7 furlongs
#2 – Whiskey Romeo (1-1)
#5 – Amerigo Vespucci (4-1)
#4 – Hamp (15-1)

8th race – $100,000 Jennings Handicap for MD-Breds 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#4 – Eighttofasttocatch (9-2)
#3 – Hello Lover (7-5)
#2 – Charge (10-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#9 – Candy Games (2-1)
#7 – Flavor (8-1)
#1 – Key to a Cure (5-2)

GOOD LUCK!

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