Selections for Day 1 at “The Big T”

August 25, 2011 | Gary Quill

Forty-seven Summers ago “Mike”, a horse racing fan and father of 3 must have decided to give his wife a break by taking their youngest son to Timonium Fairgrounds to watch a few thoroughbred horse races. Little did “Mike” realize that day would change the course of his 6 year old son’s life forever.

 

That simple decision to share a fathers interest with his son on a hot, Summer Saturday in August of 1964 launched a bond between father and son that grew stronger with each passing year. That day young Gary may have seemed more interested in collecting all of the pari-mutuel tickets that had been tossed onto the Timonium Grandstand apron like leaves discarded by trees on a brisk, autumn day… that is until the 7th race.

 

Before each of the first 6 races, “Mike” would ask Gary,”‘Who do you like?” the reply was the same every time, “Number 6”. Unfortunately, #6 failed to reach the Winners Circle in the first 6 races. Not to be discouraged, he keenly observed that the #1 was doing quite well in past races, so his pick for the 7th race was #1 – Tiny Monk.

 

Low and behold, Tiny Monk didn’t let down the young fan sporting a “Whiffle” haircut, winning by a hair not much longer than what was on his head. A horse racing fan was born that day and the passion for the sport lives on in that little boy, who today shares his passion with whoever enjoys reading this blog.

 

Bond with someone you love and share the excitement of horse racing while visiting the Maryland State Fair this year.           

Timonium Fairgrounds stretch run

 For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 1 (Friday, August 26th) it looks pretty ”Chalky” to me…

 

1st race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L – 1 1/16 miles

#3 – Peace Frog  (9-5)

#7 – Westend Willy (4-1)

#1 – King’s Ransom (10-1)

 

2nd race – $4,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#5 – Empress Lisa (5-2)   *** BEST BET ***

#4 – Grosso (8-1)

#6 – Our Jaks (2-1)

 

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs

#2 – Please Sir (2-1)

#5 – Daddy’s Caddy  (5-1)

#8 – Royal Eavesdropper (8-1)

 

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 1 1/16 miles

#6 – Sassy Number (3-1)

#7 – Broadway Dreamer (6-1)

#3 – Just Once (2-1)

 

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#4 – Limehouse Silver (7-2)

#7 – Queen Of Valsyn (15-1)

#8 – Lyonnaise (20-1)

 

6th race – $22,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs 

#5 – Riley’s Rampage (8-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$

#2 – Spinning Lady  (2-1)    

#6 – Sensible Lady  (6-1)

 

7th race – $5,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs 

#5 – Baatesh  (6-5)

#2 – Idle Lion (15-1)

#6 – Dapper Don (20-1)

 

8th race – $23,000 Allowance N1X – 4 furlongs 

#5 – Gold Score (5-2)

#1 – Round Em Up Will  (10-1)

#7 – Alioth (5-1)

 

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs

#3 – Seemybeauty (7-2)

#7 – Azadi (3-1)

#10 – Showofyourwings (7-2)

 

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $40  (Start with $40 in case we need a reserve)

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $20 on Spinning Lady (# 2; 6th race; 2-1) makes her 2nd career start but adds Lasix for this contest. She flashed early speed in her debut going 4½ furlongs at Charlestown, but faded late to finish 4th. The 3rd place finisher (Aliens Last Dance) won in her next race, so this indicates Spinning Lady lost to a field of quality 2 year old fillies and should be good enough to hit the board in here.

 

Looks like Day 1 will be beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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