Labor Day weekend is upon us. It seems as though the Summer of 2010 flew by, which was one of the hottest summers on record. All kids in Baltimore and its surrounding counties have already started the new school year, but this 4 day weekend promises to bring cooler temperatures while the live thoroughbred horse racing action remains hot at Timonium.
Now through Monday will mark the final 3 racing days of the year at The Big T. Unlikely recent years, every race was won by the odds-on favorite. We’ve seen some huge prices light up the toteboard during the first 3 days of the meet, Saturday’s card has potential for some nice prices, so hopefully that trend will continue.
Recapping Day 4 (Friday, September 3rd)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…
Best Bet Cutter (# 2; 8th race; 7-2) only had one horse to stalk the entire 6½ furlongs as the other speed (#7) got off slow. That almost let the leader (#5) go gate-to-wire, but Cutter had enough class in him to run the front runner down along the rail in the final strides, paying $9.20 to WIN, $4.00 to PLACE and $2.60 for the SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 4 selection at the Timonium Meet: 2 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW.
Longshot Houston Bull (# 7; 5th race; 2-1) only at Timonium could a 10-1 M/L longshot turn into the 2-1 Post Time betting favorite. Unfortunately, he ran like a 10-1 longshot, finishing off the board, but ran about 3-4 wide throughout the race until entering the short stretch.
Longshot pick scorecard from 4 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $28 on Wannalottalovin’ (# 3; 7th race; 7-1) wasn’t fastest from the gate today and made his backers pay for it as he ran fourth, killing the SHOW parlay.
For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 5 (Saturday, September 4th)…
Best Bet: Franklin’s Philly (# 5; 1st race; 6-5)
Yeah, the odds aren’t too attractive but don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. I never really understood what that cliche’ is supposed to mean, but it fits here. Realistically, her odds come Post Time will probably be more like 3-5, but that’s still a nice Return On Investment (ROI) for under two minutes.
Longshot: Yantai (# 3; 4th race; 20-1)
Going a half furlong further than she ever has run in her 12 race career, but she’s the only runner who wants any part of the lead. If no one else presses her early on, jockey J.D. Acosta will nurse her on the front end, clocking slow fractions and should have enough left in the tank to hold off all challengers in deep stretch.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $60 ($88 bankroll – $28 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Discos Wish (# 3; 5th race; 9-2) is a model of consistency when it comes to racing at this $5K Claiming level. She always seems to hit the board, either winning or running second, so it’s a no brainer to use her as the SHOW parlay play and hope for a decent return in the SHOW spot.
For more of my selections at Timonium and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to… GQ’s No Chalk Zone
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and take in a gorgeous Saturday, go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds, and enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!