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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Waterloo, Canada live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez (Saturday 9pm from New York live on HBO Pay-Per-View); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Chicago live on Comcast SportsNet), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Rochester Rattlers (Thursday 7:30pm from Rochester live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Erik Griffin (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Fault in Our Stars” out in theaters (Friday); Lone Survivor” and “Robocop” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I love me some Montez. (Warning: Language NSFW. Unless you work in a lingerie shop. And if so, hit me up on Facebook.)

And if you happen to stop by the Greek Festival, bring me back some of these.

9. Ray LaMontagne/Jason Isbell (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jack Johnson/Amos Lee (Thursday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Erykah Badu/John Legend (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Head and The Heart (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), The 1975/Bad Suns (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Lucinda Williams (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Meshell Ndegeocello (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ludacris (Wednesday 7pm Howard Theatre), Dan Deacon (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jamie Cullum (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Tyler, The Creator (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Lone Bellow (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Smokey Robinson (Wednesday 7:30pm Strathmore); Los Lonely Boys (Thursday 7:30pm Canton Waterfront Park); Phoenix (Saturday 8pm Echostage); Jackie Greene (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Skrillex (Sunday 4pm Pimlico); Matisyahu “Akeda”, 50 Cent “Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win”, Bob Mould “Beauty & Rain” available (Tuesday)

If you happen to be at Merriweather Wednesday night, make sure you say hello.

I hate to admit that I would be willing to go back Thursday night if someone offered me a ticket.

The 1975 are so sugary they’re practically chocolate. See what I did there?

I tried my best to tell you that you’d enjoy Bad Suns.

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Derby winner California Chrome, two others arrive at Pimlico

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Derby winner California Chrome, two others arrive at Pimlico

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CALIFORNIA CHROME MAKES THE 139TH PREAKNESS SCENE

Derby Winner, Ride On Curlin and General a Rod Arrive at Pimlico

 

BALTIMORE, 05-12-14 – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday at 3:12 p.m. to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes (G1).

The 3-year-old California-bred colt, who captured the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths on May 3, was soon joined at Pimlico by Preakness candidates Ride On Curlin and General a Rod, who accompanied the Derby winner on his flight from Kentucky but arrived on another van.

California Chrome, who has won five stakes races in a row by a combined 26 lengths, is expected to be heavily favored to win the $1.5 million Preakness and become the first California-bred to capture the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown since Snow Chief made his way into the Pimlico winner’s circle in 1986. Three other California-bred horses – Candy Spots (1963), Kalitan (1917) and Old England (1902) – had previously prevailed in the 1 3/16-mile spring classic.

Alan Sherman, the assistant trainer for his father Art Sherman, was at Pimlico to greet California Chrome, who was bedded down in the Preakness Stakes Barn in Stall 40, the stall traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner, as photographers snapped his every move.

“Everything went great,” said Sherman, whose father returned to Southern California a couple days after the Kentucky Derby to tend to the rest of his stable based at Los Alamitos. “He just stood there. He loved getting his picture taken.”

The 77-year-old Art Sherman, who became the oldest trainer to saddle a Kentucky Derby winner on May 3, will be making his first visit to Pimlico after his scheduled arrival in Baltimore on Tuesday. He is not a complete stranger to Maryland, however, having ridden at old Bowie Race Course in 1959.

Following training hours at Churchill Downs Monday morning, California Chrome and the others were vanned from Louisville to Lexington, Ky., where they boarded a flight that landed at Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 1:46 p.m. The vans carrying the trio of Preakness contenders, as well as other candidates for Preakness Weekend stakes, received a Baltimore City Police Dept. escort to Pimlico.

Alan Sherman said he’d send the Derby winner to the track Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. but is undecided whether he’ll jog or have a light gallop.

“I haven’t made up my mind. We’ll see how he eats up tonight,” said Sherman, who reported that California Chrome would not have another workout leading up to the Preakness. “He’s fit. I’m not worried about him being fit.”

Sherman expressed no qualms about bringing back California Chrome in the Preakness on just two weeks rest.

“I’m not scared, I’m just excited,” he said. “It’s quite the experience. We’ve never gone through anything like this before.”

Ride On Curlin, trained by Billy Gowan for owner Daniel Dougherty, closed from 19th and last  in traffic to finish seventh in the Derby, 6 ¾ lengths behind California Chrome.

“He shipped good,” said Gowan after 10 or 15 trips around the shedrow of the Preakness Stakes Barn with Ride On Curlin. “He’s got a good mind; nothing much bothers him. I rode on the plane with him and in the van with him. It was good. We got a police escort, so we didn’t have to stop.”

Gowan said he’ll take the colt out for a gallop over the Pimlico surface Tuesday morning at about 8:30 a.m.

Mike Maker-trained General a Rod, who is owned by Skychai Racing and Starlight Racing, finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby following a troubled trip.

“The trip was no problem, everything was very good,” said Joel Berrenlos, exercise rider for General a Rod, who will be stabled in Barn D. “He looks good and he’s ready to go to work, so we’re hoping for the best.”

Maker was due to arrive later Monday evening.

Pablo Del Monte had been scheduled to fly with the Derby winner Monday before trainer Wesley Ward made a late decision to postpone his departure from Kentucky. Pablo Del Monte is slated to join fellow Preakness candidates Bayern, Dynamic Impact and Ria Antonia on a flight originating from Louisville on Wednesday.

Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable’s Kid Cruz was scheduled for an early evening arrival Monday at Pimlico. The Linda Rice-trained son of Lemon Drop Kid, who was slated to van from Belmont Park, captured the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico on April 19.

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Down the stretch this week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes

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Down the stretch this week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes

Posted on 12 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

When you’ve been doing something as well and for as long as we’ve been doing Baltimore sports media here at WNST, you like to tell people about it.

Such is the case in 2014, as we’re celebrating our 16th year as your local sports media leader. For the record, when you said you didn’t bring a gift but you sent us a check we believed you. We’re starting to feel kinda silly.

To celebrate, we’re looking over some of the most significant “water cooler” topics of the last 16 years and defining them with lists compiled by WNST hosts and contributors. Just a warning-we’re already 18 weeks into 2014. We’ve known 2014 longer than we ever knew rapper (rapper?) PSY. If you’ve missed any of our first 18 lists, here’s a chance to refresh.

Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

And finally here in Week 19 it’s time for some new blood.

For the first time, we step away from the main WNST hosts to look into an incredibly significant local sports topic. You may remember Gary Quill as someone who covered thoroughbred racing for us for years. His work was unquestionably unparalleled in this area.

You may have noticed GQ hasn’t been heard from at WNST.net in 2014. He’s now covering “The Sport of Kings” for HorseRacingNation.com and doing an absolutely fantastic job there as well.

Well we’ve managed to steal him back for the week to help us out with the #WNSTSweet16. You can thank us later. (Again, about that check.)

With real buzz surrounding a potential run to a Triple Crown for Kentucky Derby champ California Chrome, it seems like horse racing is going to have a special week in Charm City in the lead-up to Saturday’s Preakness. The sport has a rich tradition here in Baltimore (and Laurel…and Timonium) that we want to recognize.

With that in mind, this week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 Greatest Maryland Horse Racing Moments of All Time”.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the list will be made up of Preakness moments alone although I imagine more than a few will come from the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”.

I have no idea how anything could possibly top Easy Goer and Sunday Silence battling down the stretch in 1989, but I’m not the expert. I’ll leave that to GQ…and more importantly to you.

Gary wants your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, GQ will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

We’re going to be thoroughbred crazy for the next week here in Baltimore and a pony from the coast will be an even bigger rock star than Bono. Or even Manny Machado. Before we get there, help us out in looking back on the most significant local moments in the history of the sport. Make your voice heard!

-G

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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Baffert says Hoppertunity has real chance to win Derby Saturday

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Posted on 28 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Saturday 7pm from Long Beach, CA live on SpikeTV); Soccer: New Zealand @ Team USA women (Wednesday 7:30pm from Columbus live on USSoccer.com); Golf: World Golf Championships HSBC Champions (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Shanghai live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Thursday-Sunday 4:30pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); Exhibition Women’s College Basketball: Catholic University @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Holy Family @ Maryland (Saturday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens (Saturday 10pm from New York live on HBO)

10. Drake (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center); Matt Nathanson (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Brett Dennen (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Third Eye Blind (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cypress Hill (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Fitz and the Tantrums/Capital Cities (Wednesday & Thursday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), The Head and The Heart (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); India.Arie (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Marc Broussard (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (Wednesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Blue Oyster Cult (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Common (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Bootsy Collins (Thursday 8pm Strathmore), Travis Tritt (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Barenaked Ladies (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Passion Pit/Joy Formidable (Thursday 8pm Echostage); Arcade Fire “Reflektor”, Linkin Park “Recharged” and Bad Religion “Christmas Songs” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy Brett Dennen and his music. And popsicles.

By law, you’re not allowed to tell anyone how much I like Third Eye Blind without my approval.

Fitz and the Tantrums is more fun than hanging out with your best girl. Unless you’re hanging out and listening to Fitz and the Tantrums.

The Head and The Heart are pleasant. Except when they fight. Jerks.

9. Mark Curry (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Tony Rock (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ender’s Game” and “Last Vegas” out in theaters (Friday); Monsters University” and “R.I.P.D.” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Punkin Chunkin (Friday-Sunday Wheatley Farm); Greek Food & Cultural Festival (Friday-Sunday Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm McHenry Row); Maryland Brewers’ Harvest (Saturday 12pm & 5:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)

I don’t really see what people enjoy about Punkin Chunkin, really.

Oh. Okay now I do. As far as Monsters University is concerned…

Excellent.

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Labor (Day) of Love: Selections at Timonium on Closing Day of the Maryland State Fair

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Gary Quill

It’s the final day of the 2013 Timonium meeting, aka The Big T. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for all 10 racing days. Though the prices were on the short side, and the weekday cards featured only seven (7) races, all in all the meeting seems to have been a success.

At the conclusion of Monday’s (final day) card, the jockey and trainer titles will be awarded, As far as the riding title, jockey J. D. Acosta already wrapped that up when he rode four (4) winners on Sunday, the second time he has completed that feat during the Timonium meeting.

Acosta will not be riding at Timonium on Monday. He has mounts in three stakes at Parx Racing but holds an overwhelming lead, sixteen (16) to nine (9), over Travis Dunkelberger.

Trainer Hugh McMahon stands a good chance to repeat as leading trainer at the fair. He holds a 3 win lead over a number of trains, but only one, Jamie Ness has a chance to tie McMahon for the training title. Last year at the 7-day Timonium meeting, the two tied for the training honors.

Both will send out four runners on Monday, but two of Ness’ starters are in the same race.

Recapping Timonium’s Sunday Race Day #9 9-race card had 7winners (6 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (1st), $4.20 (2nd), $4.80 (3rd), $5.40 (4th), $7.40 (6th), $10.00 (7th), $29.00 (8th) and $8.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (8 3-2-2) Fearsome (R6 #1 – 3-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) displayed sharp speed to clear his 3 rivals easily, dictated around the turn, entered the lane two wide, responded when put to a drive and pulled away to win by 4 lengths paying $7.40 to WIN, $3.80 to PLACE while there was no SHOW wagering.

The LONGSHOT PICK (9 3-4-1) Anita Job (R7 #9- 10-1 M/L; 4-1 PT) stalked the pace three wide, moved to apply pressure into the far turn, gained a slim lead past the three sixteenths marker, responded when sharply roused in upper stretch and kicked clear to win by 2 lengths and return $10.00 to WIN, $7.80 to PLACE and $7.20 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $62 on Florcita (# 6; 8th race; 7-5) raced three wide between runners through the early pace scramble, prompted around the turn and continued on willingly while just missing the place. No problem for the SHOW parlay wager as she returned $2.80 to SHOW. This adds $24.80 to the $62.45 bankroll for the Closing Day wager to see if we walk away with a nice ROI or zilch which cost $40 for 10 days of entertainment.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #245 – Rabbit

Whether you are a grizzled vet like GQ or a horse racing novice, make these informative 2-3 minute videos part of your daily routine. You will be amazed at the amount of new cocktail party conversation ammo gained.

Selections for Monday September 2nd at Timonium Fair Ground are posted below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT

1st race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#1/1A – Morales / Think I’m Hooked (9-5)
#2 – Edge of Glory (2-1)
#4 – Baku (8-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N2L fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Cashed Out (5-1)
#3 – Street Surprise (3-2)
#5 – Let’s Drink On It (2-1)

3rd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#3 – Allergee (6-1)
#1/1A – Across the Wind / Show the Way (2-1)
#4 – Hint (5-1)

4th race – $7,500 Claiming fillies and mares for 3 y.o.and up – 4 furlongs
#7 – Bridge Night (3-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – Sing the Blues (5-2)
#5 – Dottie’s a Hottie (2-1)

5th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o.– 4 furlongs
#7 – Gojomo (2-1)
#4 – Victory Sun (6-1)
#1 – Powerful Soul (6-5)

6th race – $14,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – Parker’s Love (20-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Itsnottheright (3-1)
#1 – Narbona Pass (5-2)

7th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Steely (3-1)
#4 – Grace Is a Beauty (2-1)
#1/1A – Rubyredhead / Exhilarate (10-1)

8th race – $35,000 Allowance fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Joyous Music (6-5)
#2 – Romantic Cuvee (9-5)
#1 – Ideal Thoughts (8-1)

9th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o.– 6½ furlongs
#4 – Captainofindustry (7-2)
#2 – King Racer (2-1)
#1 – Sonny Inspired (10-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $87.25 ($62.45 bankroll – $62 wager + $86.80 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $87 on Grace Is a Beauty (# 4; 7th race; 2-1) ran second in her debut, much to the delight of her connections as she was sent off at 10-1. The winner of that race came back to win as did the 3rd place finisher. Hence, she exits a “key race” and should be primed to break her maiden today. If she gets beat, she should be a safe enough bet to finish in the money and help us end the meet with a nice ROI of at least 130%. Not a bad investment for 10 days of work as we started on opening day with a $40 bankroll reserved for SHOW wagering only.

Looks like Closing Day will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Sunday Selections for Race Day #9 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 01 September 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Saturday Race Day #8 9-race card had just 4winners, but all 4 were Top Selections having $2 WIN pay-offs of $15.00 (3rd), $3.00 (4th), $7.20 (5th) and $3.60 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (7 2-2-2) King Touch (R5 #6 – 7-2 M/L) was SCRATCHED.

The LONGSHOT PICK (8 2-4-1) Thurmont (R9 #2- 15-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) pinched back at the break, was sent up inside rivals in early backstretch, shifted out a bit, made a prolonged four wide run and finished nicely to gain the place to return $6.40 to PLACE and $3.80 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $26 on That’sthequestion (# 1; 3rd race; 6-1) angled off the rail near the half mile marker, edged up three to four wide in hand mid way down the backstretch, moved to engage the leaders after a half, vied around the turn, took over approaching the stretch, kicked clear and was kept to a drive late to win by 2 lengths to pay $15.00 to WIN, $$6.80 to PLACE but more importantly $4.40 to SHOW. This adds $32.40 to the $28.85 bankroll for a Day 9 wager.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #244 – Quiet Hands

Whether you are a grizzled vet like GQ or a horse racing novice, make these informative 2-3 minute videos part of your daily routine. You will be amazed at the amount of new cocktail party conversation ammo gained.

Selections for Sunday September 1st at Timonium Fair Ground are below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT.

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming fillies and mares for 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – All Biz (8-5)
#6 – Amazin Script (5-2)
#5 – Star Leen (9-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – Back Room Deal (8-5)
#7 – Hey Doc Holiday (3-1)
#1 – Trappist Monk (10-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#7 – Mingunesque (2-1)
#2 – Ballet Dancer (5-2)
#1 – Malana’s Charm (5-1)

4th race – $30,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o.fillies – 4 furlongs
#3 – Miss Edmund (3-1)
#7 – Big N Toasty (8-1)
#6 – Lundi Gras (6-1)

5th race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#9 – Conecuh (9-5)
#5 – USMC Semper Fi (12-1)
#10 – Teton Pass (20-1)

6th race – $35,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Fearsome (3-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#4 – Brooklyn Cowboy (7-5)
#2 – Snow Leopard (6-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#9 – Anita Job (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#7 – Let’s Drink On It (5-2)
#4 – Craftwell’s Belle (3-1)

8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#6 – Floracita (3-1)
#4 – Seven Days (6-1)
#5 – April’s Dixie Bell (4-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#3 – Debonair Lad (9-2)
#6 – Laurelcoveproposal (5-1)
#1 – Feisty Albert (5-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $62.45 ($28.85 bankroll – $28 wager + $61.60 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $62 on Florcita (# 6; 8th race; 3-1) has been away since mid-July, but has been working out regularly. This 4 year old is very quick from the gate, but stamina is not her friend while traveling 5½ – 6 furlongs. The cure is this 4 furlong dash at Timonium which not she doesn’t get to the Winners’ Circle, hopefully she’ll hold on to help keep the SHOW Parlay alive for the last racing day (labor Day) of the meeting..

Looks like Day 9 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Saturday Selections for Race Day #8 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 30 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Friday Race Day #7 7-race card had 6 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $5.80 (2nd), $3.80 (3rd), $5.40 (4th), $3.80 (5th) and $5.20 (6th).

The BEST BET of the Day (7 2-2-2) More Glitter (R5 #5 – 5-2 M/L; 5-2 PT) made a steady rail progression past the three furlong marker, shifted out off heels mid way on the final turn, came three wide into the stretch, lugged in near the sixteenth marker then rallied through tight quarters along the rail in deep stretch to miss by just a neck to return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (7 2-3-1) Video Storm (R7 #2- 6-1 M/L; 7-1 PT) had never won a career race when not on the lead ata the first call… and that still holds true. Jock never could get him to the lead, worse yet got stuck on the rail behind a wall of horses. On the turn tried to find an opening along the rail, but there was no room having to check just before entering the stretch, which finished any chance of hitting the board, so the jock just took him back and coasted home having a view of all 5 rivals.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $26 on Set to Smoke (# 2; 1st race; 3-1) was slow leaving the gate which usually spells trouble in these 4 furlong dashes, but he showed enough interest in the final furlong to savage the SHOW spot, paying $2.20 to SHOW. This adds $2.60 to the $26.25 bankroll for a Day 8 wager.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #243 – Quarter Pole

Whether you are a grizzled vet like GQ or a horse racing novice, make these informative 2-3 minute videos part of your daily routine. You will be amazed at the amount of new cocktail party conversation ammo gained.

Selections for Saturday August 31st at Timonium Fair Ground are below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT.

1st race – $30,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#2 – Loewenherz (7-2)
#1 – Citizen Chris (3-1)
#6 – Giant’s Fantasy (4-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#1 – The French Bear (8-1)
#7 – Senior Senator (7-2)
#2 – Sherill’s Hero (8-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#1 – Thnat’sthequestion (5-2)
#7 – Sandbagin’ Lover (7-2)
#2 – Cotton Top Phil (5-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#4 – No La Hace (4-5)
#3 – Tequila Rules (7-2)
#1 – War and Thunder (9-5)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#6 – King Touch (7-2) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#4 – Icon of Cool (4-1)
#9 – Oenomaus (4-1)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#4 – She’s My Monster (4-1)
#3 – Lipstick Traces (5-1)
#6 – Greedy Daughter (4-5)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – He’s in the Bag (8-1)
#6 – Country Risk (4-1)
#1 – Etarag (15-1)

8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Very Lucky (2-1)
#1 – Gully (4-1)
#2 – Dapper Dude (3-1)

9th race – $30,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#2 – Thurmont (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#1 – Arkle Park (5-1)
#9 – Coldback (5-2)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $28.85 ($26.25 bankroll – $26 wager + $28.60 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $28 on That’sthequestion (# 1; 3rd race; 5-2) has finished in the money in 8 of 13 career starts on the dirt and gets a much more capable rider in the irons today than in his most recent two off a short layoff. The 6 year old gray has earned a living racing on a bullring track at Charlestown, so he should feel right at home negotiating The Big T’s tight turns. This week has been brutal with $2.10 and $2.20 SHOW payoffs, but if his one hits the board, the return should be higher.

Looks like Day 8 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Friday Fair Selections for Race Day 7 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 30 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Thursday Chalk-Fest where 6 of the 7 races on the card were won by the Post Time favorite had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (1st race), $4.00 (2nd), $25.00 (3rd), $3.80 (5th), $2.40 (6th) and $3.80 (7th).

The BEST BET of the Day (6 2-1-2) L.A. Girl (R6 #1 – 2-1 M/L; 1-5 PT) after the scratch of #4 – Carrietta reduced the field to five, it also left L.A. Girl as the lone speed and prohibitive favorite who dueled early along the inside, moved clear within herself after a half mile, widened the advantage into the far turn then held a comfortable margin while being kept busy to the sixteenth marker and went on to win by 3 lengths to return the next to lowest possible WIN payoff of $2.40, $2.10 to PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (6 2-3-1) Pac Yer Tack (R4 #7- 9-2 M/L; 2-1 PT) lagged well off the early pace while saving ground, angled out leaving the far turn to commence a run, circled four wide into the stretch and finished fast to secure the runner-up position and return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $24 on Asia Gray (# 3; 2nd race; 1-1) was 9-2 M/L, but the betting public sent her off as the Post Time favorite. She broke alertly then was content to rate just off the lead while saving ground, was maneuvered three wide for racing room mid way down the backstretch, rushed up to engage the leader soon after, dueled with that one to the sixteenth marker then pulled away late under strong handling to win paying $4.00 to WIN, $2.40 to PLACE and yet again just the 5% minimum $2.10 to SHOW. This adds a mere $1.25 to the $25.60 bankroll for a Day 7 wager.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #242 – Quarter Horse

Whether you are a grizzled vet like GQ or a horse racing novice, make these informative 2-3 minute videos part of your daily routine. You will be amazed at the amount of new cocktail party conversation ammo gained.

Selections for Friday August 30th at Timonium Fair Ground are below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT.

1st race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#2 – Set to Smoke (2-1)
#1 – Take the Train (9-5)
#5 – Really Snowing (5-2)

2nd race – $7,500 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#4 – Granted Ruler (2-1)
#5 – Warrensburg (8-1)
#1 – Elkhorn Creek (9-5)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#2 – Safari (5-2)
#4 – Katie Malone (9-5) SCRATCHED
#3 – Domestic Rose (12-1)
#1 – Showmethetouch (3-1)

4th race – $30,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#2 – Talk Show Man (9-5)
#4 – Dune Dancer (5-2)
#3 – Petie’s Boy (2-1)

5th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – More Glitter (5-2) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#1 – Cruise Creek (2-1)
#6 – Disruptive (5-1)

6th race – $32,000 Allowance N3L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – She’s All Scat (5-2)
#5 – Dress Up (9-5)
#6 – Buzz Foo Foo (2-1)

7th race – $30,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#2 – Video Storm (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#1 – To Dubai (5-1)
#6 – Midnight Call (2-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $26.25 ($25.60 bankroll – $25 wager + $26.25 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $26 on Set to Smoke (# 2; 1st race; 2-1) has 8 lifetime starts at today’s 4 furlong distance and has finished on the board in 6 of those contest. This is (jockey) Eric Camacho’s only mount on the 7-race card. Hoping to break the string on two consecutive $2.10 SHOW payoff days.

Looks like Day 7 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 7 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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