Thursday Picks at Laurel Park; Jockey and Trainer Leaders are Locks for Titles

March 07, 2012 | Gary Quill

The Laurel Park Winter Meet has only eleven (11) racing day remaining, so now is a good time to size up the jockey and trainer standings to see who will likely take the titles. The current meet ends on Saturday, March 24th. Then live racing in Maryland will resume on Friday, March 30th at Pimlico Race Course for 29 racing days concluding on Preakness Day, Saturday May 19th.

Jockey Sheldon Russell has a comfortable lead with 40 victories while Malcolm Franklin is a distant second with 27 victories. Franklin took over as the regular rider for trainer Dane Kobiskie when Alberto Delgado began serving a 30 day suspension back on Feb. 12th. It will be interesting to see if Delgado reunites with Kobiskie when he can return to the track on March 13th.

Speaking of Dane Kobiskie, he leads all trainers with 27 victories from only 59 starters, an amazing 46%! His closest rival is Jamie Ness who has led 16 of his 66 starters into the Winners’ Circle during the Laurel Park winter meeting.

Wednesday’s 9-race card picks had all 9 winners (3 Top Selections), $2 Early Double ($38.60), Late Double ($28.20), $2 Exactas in 1st ($48.40), 2nd ($23.20), 6th ($10.20) and 8th ($18.60) races; a $1 Trifecta in 8th ($30.10) race; $1 Pick-3′s in races 3-5 ($32.70) and races 7-9 ($78.40), $1 Pick-4 in races 6-9 ($177.30) and $1 Pick-5 in races 5-9 ($759.60). The BEST BET of the Day ran 3rd returning $2.40 to SHOW and the LONGSHOT PICK ran 4th @ 7-1.

Selections for the Laurel Park Thursday, March 8th card are below.
1st race post is 12:35pm EST. Track Condition: FAST

1st race – $10,000 Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – 1 1/16 mile
#7– Angel’s Galaxy (3-1)
#3 – Kantishna Breeze (5-1)
#1 – Political Diva (9-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#7 – Cooper County (5-2)
#5 – Lending Freeze (9-2) LATE SCRATCH
#3 – Crack Thepat (5-1)

3rd race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Peak Top (5-2)
#2 – Queen Zori (3-1)
#1A –Chris’s Symphony (7-5) POE #1-Harmonicat SCRATCHED

4th race – $33,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#3 – Shut Eye (5-2)
#6 – Johnny La Rue (6-1)
#5 – Standing O (9-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Seattle Prospect (5-2) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – A. Train (3-1)
#1 – Cherokee Nation (6-1)

6th race – $40,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up –7 furlongs
#2 – The Caller (2-1)
#5 – Mystical Terp (8-5)
#1 – Alongcamethedevil (5-1) LATE SCRATCH

7th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 4 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#4 – Classic Rock Star (5-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#2 – Asylum (5-2)
#5 – Private Notice (2-1)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Wild Louis (7-2)
#1 – Pass You Bye Bye (4-1)
#6 – Won The War (9-2)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#4 – Celestial Fields (5-2)
#3 – Operative (12-1)
#9 – B For Beez (9-2)

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