The BIG T has racing everyday thru Labor Day

September 02, 2010 | Gary Quill

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.


 Racing at the MD State Fair

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Friday through Monday will mark the final 4 racing days of the year at The Big T. Unlikely recent years, every race has not been won by the odds-on favorite. We’ve seen some huge prices light up the toteboard during the first 3 days of the meet, and from what I’ve seen so far in the Past Performances for the Friday and Saturday races, that trend should continue.     


Recapping Day 3 (Sunday, August 29th)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…


Best Bet Sagaredgo  (# 5; 7th  race; 1-2) didn’t get the lead as suspected and paid for it as he was relegated to chasing the winner from gate-to-wire, having to settle for second, paying $2.60 PLACE and $2.40 SHOW.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 3 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW.

Longshot Princess Quatorze  (# 1; 4th race; 5-2) bet down from 15-1 M/L odds, darted quickly to a 2 length lead right out of the gate, and maintained it until mid-stretch has the Post Time favorite caught her at the wire. She returned $3.40 to PLACE and $3.20 to SHOW.

Longshot pick scorecard from 3 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$28 on Halton (# 1; 6th race; 7-2) was scratched, so the SHOW Parlay had to take the day off and will have to wait until Friday to parlay the $28.



For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 4 (Friday, September 3rd)…


Best Bet:   Cutter  (# 2; 8th  race; 4-1)


Based on this 3 year olds most recent race, a move forward doesn’t appear to be promising, but that race at Delaware Park was against plenty of legitimate, high level Allowance runners. The 6½ furlong distance today will be more to his liking as will his competition. The fact that jock (Joshua Navarro) in the irons for his past 2 races stays on is a positive sign he’s no slouch in here.  


Longshot:    Houston Bull  (# 7; 5th race; 10-1)


This 3 year old has accumulated some of the better speed figures in his 4 race career while only having 1 in-the-money (ITM) finish to show for it, which was his maiden victory 1st time out. Coming off a distance turf race should help in the stamina department in cutting back to 6½ furlongs today on the dirt. Guaranteed not to be bet down because the field is full of runners from high win percentage barns. He can stalk this speed filled field and rally past them in the short stretch at a nice price.      


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $88 ($80 bankroll – $20 wager + $28 return)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $28 on Wannalottalovin’ (# 3; 7th race; 7-2) can be the fastest from the gate in this 4 furlong dash, which has meant a winning race for the most part during the Timonium’s first 3 racing days. I see no reason why this one shouldn’t finish in the top 3 today looking at the fractions he clocked at Charlestown in his most recent effort and return a decent SHOW payoff to parlay into Day 5.  


For more of my selections at Timonium and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to… GQ’s No Chalk Zone


Start your 4 day, Labor Day weekend on the right track (no pun intended) and go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!