The Big T opens for 7 days of racing during Fair

August 26, 2010 | Gary Quill

The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present Thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off it’s seven day meeting on Friday. Nine races are on the program.


Racing will be conducted over the next two weekends – Friday August 27 through Sunday August 29 and Friday September 3 through Monday September 6. Post time on all racing days is 1 p.m. except Sunday September 5, when first post is 12 noon.


The post time adjustment on September 5 has been made to accommodate the appearance of Canadian pop singer and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, who will perform before a sold-out audience on Sunday evening on the racetrack infield.


Timonium will again offer a bonus of $10,000 to be divided among the top four trainers who finish the meeting with the most winners and starters.

Last year Dane Kobiskie led all trainers with six visits to the winners’ circle, while Scott Lake, Chris Grove and Dale Capuano shared the runner-up spot with five tallies each.


In 2009 Joshua Navarro was the runaway leader in the jockey’s race with sixteen victories. He returns to defend his title against Timonium stalwarts J.D. Acosta and Travis Dunkelberger as well as Forest Boyce and Malcolm Franklin, the hottest riders on the Maryland circuit, who finished 1-2 during the just completed Laurel summer meeting.


Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium only on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the Fair. For more information, visit


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

At Monmouth Park, race caller Larry Collmus (Mt. St. Joe grad) had fun with the horses who ran 1st and 2nd in this race… 

… my wife would have had the winner!


For “The Big T” State Fair Meet, Day 1 (Friday, August 27th)…


Best Bet:   Zalady  (# 3; 6th race; 5-1)


Good trainer (Ralph Comi) who works his trade at Charles Town (CT) brings just this one runner to the state fairgrounds to either make some easy purse money or try to unload this 3 year old filly. I’m betting on the purse money angle as regular CT jock (Gerard Almodovar) takes the mount. 


Longshot:    Finger Tapping  (# 8; 5th race; 15-1)


This 3 year old gets in off the Also Eligible List, gets a break in weight carrying 5 lb. apprentice Katie Reynolds and an opportunity to run on a dry, fast track for the first time in 7 races where he competed at the $16k Claiming level and today is in for $5k.


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $100 When starting a SHOW parlay, you’re looking for a good return to establish a base to build on which also means it is your riskiest selection. As a rule, we should find a large field (8 or more starters) and avoid the favorite. With this being said, let’s go!


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $20 on Well Thought Of  (# 8; 2nd race; 7-2) hasn’t been seen in the afternoon on the track since April at Pimlico. He has been working in the A.M. at Laurel all month and his trainer drops him in for a $5k tag in search of his 2nd career trip to the Winners Circle. All we need is a top 3 finish to increase the parlay amount for Day 2.       


It’s a beautiful day to go to Opening Day the Maryland State Fair. If you have other plans, then make it a point to go on one of the other 6 days of live racing. You might actually find yourself having fun. Good Luck!