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Maryland State Fair Opening Day Selections at Timonium Fair Grounds

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Maryland State Fair Opening Day Selections at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Gary Quill

During the Pimlico meet I introduced fans to former jockey Frankie Lovato, Jr. who is doing his part to educate horse racing fans. Lovato is the founder / creator of JockeyWorld.org who with his staff of Kayla Jarvinen and Brittlan Wall work tirelessly to help increase the fan base of thoroughbred horse racing. This year’s project was to provide 365 Days of Racing Terminology via videos on YouTube.

Using an alphabetic format, Frankie and his staff started on January 1, 2013 posting a video describing the term “Ace Deuce”. Their mission was to continue throughout 2013, posting a term each day. Well they are still going strong, having just passed the 5/16th pole.

Here’s today’s Racing Terminology #235 – Post Position

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 23rd 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, evey live racing day of the meeting.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies & mares 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Anne At the Line (9-2)
#2 – Active Mayhem (5-2)
#3 – Vivaco (9-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for fillies & mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 mile
#1 – Play Like A Raven (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#5 – Royalty for One (4-1)
#6 – Showmethetouch (8-1)

3rd race – $30,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. fillies – 6½ furlongs
#1 – Gwent (2-1)
#8 – Steal the Deal (5-1)
#7 – Southernbelleshell (3-1)

4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs
#2 – Offlee Worthy (7-2)
#4 – Emsarose (5-1)
#6 – Lemon Cookie (5-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies & mares3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#6 – Southern Squall (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Gold on Gold (20-1)
#7 – Superstitious Love (5-1)

6th race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Meant Every Tear (5-2)
#6 – Royal Diamante (2-1)
#2 – John Francis (10-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#9 – Prairie Trip (4-1)
#1/1A – Cat Wiesel / Miso Good (5-1)
#6 – Sweet Yulianna (5-2)

8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Smash And Grab (9-5)
#3 – Ellipse (2-1)
#1 – Salori Kaz (9-2)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Miss Speaker (9-5)
#5 – Princess Wilma (20-1)
#9 – Tracey’s Smile (7-5)

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

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Prairie Trip (# 9; 7th race; 4-1) is the pick here because this race has the most runners (10) which should provide more than a 30% ROI, if this 6 year old mare can hit the board. She rarely tosses a clunker but also seldom makes her way to the Winners’ Circle (7 of 45), but consistently picks up minor purse money (5 times 2nd & 10 times 3rd from 35 fast, dirt track starts. Trainer Scott Lake always seems to bring “live” runners to The Big T, and this one is his only entry on the opening day card. Jockey Gerald Almodovar gets the mount, who has guided 8 of 15 (53%) of Lake’s runners to victory in the past year. A win would be nice, but Place or Show will return the same amount for the initial SHOW Parlay bet of the meet.

Looks like Day 1 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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Horse Racing Returns to (Timonium) Maryland on Friday as State Fair Opens

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Gary Quill

The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off its ten (10) day meeting on Friday at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Nine races are on the program. Friday marks the first day of live racing in Maryland since the end of the Pimlico spring meet on June 8th.

Racing will be conducted Friday August 23 through through Monday September 2nd, except for Tuesday, August 27th will be a dark day. First race Post Time during the entire meet will be 1:05pm EDT. Admission to the track is included in admission to the fair.

The fair will have a series of concerts as follows…

Grammy nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, will perform live on the race track infield on Sunday, August 25th. The “Call Me Maybe” girl will be joined by UK’s new boy band sensation The Wanted whose song “Glad You Came” brought them international acclaim.

On Sunday, September 1st the multi-platinum-selling and award-winning recording artist Three Days Grace will perform live on the race track infield. The band has been touring non-stop since the release of their #1 chart-debuting album “Transit of Venus.”

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

As far as horse racing at the fair, the Maryland Racing Commission approved to increase the number of racing days from 7 to 10. On the surface, this is great news for die-hard racing fans but made Maryland Racing Secretary Georganne Hale’s job more difficult. She must fill races for these 10 days. In the past, with only racing on two weekends, some horses could run twice during the meet. Now she has to find horsemen willing to run and ship into Timonium during the week. Let’s hope she can work her usual magic and produce races having quality (7-8 horse) fields.

This year horsing racing fans who find themselves at Timonium playing the ponies will certainly see runners from the top local conditioners like Hugh McMahon who shared the 2012 trainer title at “The Big T” with Jamie Ness. This year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by Scott Lake who last year had 3 winners and a runner-up with just 4 starters, and relatively unknown to Maryland racing fans Corby Caiazzo had 2 winners and a third from 4 starters.

The leading jockey for the 2012 7-day Maryland State Fair meet was Travis Dunkelberger with 10 winners. He took the riding title by 3 victories over fellow journeyman Jonathan Joyce while longtime local jockey Alberto Delgado had 6 trips to the Winners Circle. Not sure we’ll see the ageless, 1982 Eclipse award-winning Delgado this year, as he’s been recently seen at Del Mar riding for west coast based trainer Art Sherman.

Dunkelberger, a mainstay atop the Charlestown jockey standings, will certainly make his presence known at the 2013 Maryland State Fair meet. Some new faces who may challenge him for the riding title in 2013 are apprentice Victor Carrasco who has been winning on 24% of his mounts this year, Chelsey Keiser who was leading apprentice at the Colonial Downs meet and 18-year-old Puerto Rican native apprentice Jevian Toledo. You heard it here first!

For each of the ten (10) live racing days a blog will be posted with selections for every race, including a BEST BET, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. 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 the Maryland State Fair.

End your Summer of 2013 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the ten greatest days of the Summer watching 9 exciting chase scenes at the Timonium Fairgrounds along with the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck

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Laurel Park fall meet stakes schedule approved

Posted on 16 July 2013 by WNST Staff

LAUREL PARK FALL MEET STAKES SCHEDULE APPROVED

LAUREL, MD. 07-16-13—The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2013 Laurel Park fall schedule today after reaching agreement with both the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The schedule was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this afternoon at its monthly meeting.

After a 14-week break, which will include ten live days of racing at Timonium during the State Fair in late August and early September, live racing will resume at the major tracks after Labor Day. Racing will take place four days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

The 59-day fall meeting, which begins September 19 and concludes December 31, includes 31 stakes races, worth more than $3.3 million.

Headlining the stand will be the 28th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the Fall Festival of Racing on Saturday, Sept. 21. That card will feature five stakes races on the turf as well as the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds.

“All of the stakes races will occur on six Saturday afternoons, which we feel will help our profile on the simulcast signal,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas.  “Kicking off the meet on opening weekend with five turf stakes and the De Francis Dash will get us off to a great start.”

The stakes races will take place on September 21 (seven stakes), October 19 (nine), November 9 (four), November 16 (four),December 7 (four) and December 28 (three).

Maryland Million officials have eliminated two stakes races from the program (Turf Sprint and Oaks) but will still run 11 races on the card, replacing those with a pair of $50,000 maiden races on the turf. In addition, the purses of the Turf and Ladies have been increased from $100,000 to $125,000.

Laurel Park Fall Meeting Dates:

  • ·        September 19-20-21
  • ·        September 25-26-27-28
  • ·        October 2-3-4-5
  • ·        October 9-10-11-12
  • ·        October 14-17-18-19
  • ·        October 23-24-25-26
  • ·        October 30-31-November 1-2
  • ·        November 6-7-8-9
  • ·        November 13-14-15-16
  • ·        November 20-21-22-23
  • ·        November 27-28-29-30
  • ·        December 4-5-6-7
  • ·        December 11-12-13-14
  • ·        December 18-19-20-21
  • ·        December 26-27-28
  • ·        December 31

 

About Laurel Park

Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.

 

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Analysis & Selections for the 3rd Leg of Triple Crown, The Belmont Stakes and Closing Day at Pimlico

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Analysis & Selections for the 3rd Leg of Triple Crown, The Belmont Stakes and Closing Day at Pimlico

Posted on 07 June 2013 by Gary Quill


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

On paper, the Saturday’s 145th running of the Belmont Stakes shapes up to be a great betting race, which isn’t a bad consolation since the luster of the race was tarnished by Orb’s loss to oxbow in the Preakness. There are fourteen (14) 3 year olds scheduled to break from the starting gate at Belmont on Saturday, for the $1 million 1½ mile classic, Post Time is 6:36pm EDT. NBC-TV will have “live” coverage from 5pm-7pm.

The weather forecast for the New York metropolitan area, location of Belmont Race Course, is “iffy”. The rain that fell all day on Friday may be gone by Saturday morning. MOstly cloduy skies and winds of 10-15 mph won’t be enough to dry out the track. So look for the track condition to be MUDDY.

Here’s how I see the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes playing out, listed in my predicted order of finish. Morning Line Odds are shown in comparison to the Early Betting Odds only from NYRA tracks, Fort Erie in Canada and Twinspires.com, which was only $39,552 in the WIN pool.

1st – Winstar silks #9 – Revolutionary
Trainer / Jockey: Todd Pletcher / Javier Castellano
Running Style: Closer
He was my pick to win the Kentucky Derby, but could only manage a 3rd place finish, while running on at the end. Skipping the Preakness was a wise move for this lightly raced son of War Pass. His granddaddy (A.P. Indy) on his Mom’s side won this race and there’s enough early speed in here to provide an honest pace to run at in deep stretch.
Early Betting Odds : 5-2 compared to Morning Line Odds: 9-2

2nd – Horton silks #10 – Will Take Charge
Trainer / Jockey: D. Wayne Lukas / Jon Court
Running Style: Tactical Speed
One of three colts who will have run in all 3 Triple Crown races (Orb and Oxbow are the other two), he was sort of a Wise-Guy horse in the Preakness after his strong run into the Churchill Downs stretch was abruptly stopped when Verrazano swerved in front of him. Unfortunately for his backers in the Preakness, he never fired, finishing 7th but during during Preakness week he wasn’t “on his toes” in the A.M. as he was during Derby week. Based on video from Belmont Park workouts, he looks “fit as a fiddle” again. Therefore, at a price he’s a must use in my exotics.
Early Betting Odds : 23-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 20-1

3rd – Dogwood silks #12 – Palace Malice
Trainer / Jockey : Todd Pletcher / Mike Smith
Running Style: Stalker
His Daddy (Curlin) lost the 2007 Belmont Stakesby a head, so there’s no question this colt can get the 12 furlongs. Mike Smith retains the mount after a less than stellar ride in the Derby, but the addition of blinkers likely caused Palace Malice to be way too aggressive and uncharacteristically go to the lead. The blinkers come off which should translate into a more relaxed run with a nice stalking trip.
Early Betting Odds : 10-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 15-1

4th – Repole silks #3 – Overanalyze
Trainer / Jockey: Todd Pletcher / John Velazquez
Running Style: Mid-Pack
Has the same sire (Dixie Union) as last years’ Belmont Stakes winner, Union Rags. So one would the distance should not be a question. Trainer Pletcher has 4 others in here but his #1 jock rides this one. If you believe in patterns, then look at Overanalyze’s past performances. He wins then loses, wins, loses He lost his last race.
Early Betting Odds : 11-1compared to Morning Line Odds: 12-1

5th – Janney silks #5 – Orb
Trainer / Jockey: Shug McGaughey / Joel Rosario
Running Style: Mid-Pack
The Derby winner was prematurely anointed a strong choice to be the first Triple Crown winner in 35 years, but it wasn’t to be as he was a distant 4th in the Preakness Stakes. So what makes him so special to be the favorite here? I’m thinking he may have peaked on the first Saturday of May and could be a tired horse.
Early Betting Odds: 5-2 compared to Morning Line Odds: 3-1

6th – Repole silks #13 – Unlimited Budget
Trainer / Jockey: Todd Pletcher / Rosie Napravnik
Running Style: Tactical Speed
The only filly in the field will try to become just the 4th filly in 145 runnings of the Belmont Stakes to enter the Winners’ Circle. She has the bloodlines and an impressive resume’ (4 wins in 5 career races; 3 in graded stakes). In an effort to compare her against her male counterparts, we can look to her Feb. 23rd race at Fairgrounds. A winning effort but her time was 4/5th of a second slower than the winner of the Risen Star, run 50 minutes after her victory. Neither the winner(I’ve Struck a Nerve) nor runner-up (Code West) are in here, but Palace Malice ran 3rd just a half length behind the winner.
Early Betting Odds : 12-1compared to Morning Line Odds: 8-1

7th – Calumet silks #7 – Oxbow
Trainer / Jockey: D. Wayne Lukas / Gary Stevens
Running Style: Speed
 Winner of the Preakness in gate-to-wire fashion, many believe he got away with a slow pace and put his competition to sleep. That won’t happen in this race as at least 3 others (Freedom Child, Giant Finish, Midnight Taboo and possibly Frac Daddy) will keep him company throughout the early stages. I see a carbon copy of his Derby run where he had the lead entering the stretch but didn’t have the stamina to seal the deal.
Early Betting Odds : 16-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 5-1

8th – Fipke silks #14 – Golden Soul
Trainer / Jockey: Dallas Stewart / Robby Albarado
Running Style: Closer
After his second place finish in the Derby at 34-1, it seems that all the experts have now discovered this hard-knocking colt who just keeps running, but only has beaten maidens in his 6 race career. Add the fact no horse has won the Belmont Stakes from the 14th post in at least 105 years.
Early Betting Odds : 16-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 10-1

9th – West Pt silks #2 – Freedom Child
Trainer / Jockey: Thomas Albertrani / Luis Saez
Running Style: Speed
Romped by 13+ lengths in slop in the G2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont in most recent outing. One problem. He did it alone on the lead, dictating the pace. That won’t happen in this race. Though he only lost to Orb by 2 and finished ahead of Revolutionary by 2¼ in the same maiden race at Aqueduct in November, he’s likely to be a pace victim.
Early Betting Odds : 8-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 8-1

10th – Magic City silks #1 – Frac Daddy Trainer / Jockey: Kenneth McPeek / Alan Garcia
Running Style: Tactical Speed
A quarter crack derailed his Derby Trail but still ran for the roses (16th). Been training lights out at CD since, but upon arriving in the Big Apple, he walked (1:04.60) through 5 furlongs in his final tune-up. Word has it he’ll gun from the #1 post, joining early speed. Looking for a glimmer of hope? In his career debut, he ran a nice second going a mile on a muddy Belmont surface.
Early Betting Odds : 23-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 30-1

11th – Godolphin silks #6 – Incognito
Trainer / Jockey : Kiaran McLaughlin / Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Running Style: Tactical Speed
It’s hard to believe the number of experts picking this one to pull a huge upset. I don’t see it. Other than having the pedigree to “run all day”, he lacks the seasoning. Making his seventh career start, took four tries to break his maiden, then followed that up with a win by a nose in a $25k Optional Claimer for N1X. Throw in the fact he’ll carry 10 more lbs. than he did in his last race, which is 6 more than he has ever carried. Early Betting Odds : 19-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 20-1

12th – Pick Six silks #11 – Vyjack
Trainer / Jockey: Rudy Rodriguez / Julien Leparoux
Running Style: Tactical Speed
Went from an undefeated, potential Derby favorite heading into the Wood Memorial, to an afterthought for the Belmont Stakes. An 18th place finish by 52 lengths will do that to a horse, but is he really all that bad? From the looks of his recent workout (5f in 59 flat) over “Big Sandy” (aka Belmont), on paper is impressive but he was ridden hard in order to get that time. Derby jock Garrett Gomez opted for a bigger longshot in here (Midnight Taboo) rather than stick with this guy.
Early Betting Odds : 31-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 20-1

13th – Sunrise silks #4 – Giant Finish
Trainer / Jockey: Anthony Dutrow / Edgar Prado
Running Style: Speed
He’s a NY-bred who does his best within that company and/or on synthetic surface tracks. Ran in the Kentucky Derby without embarrassing himself (10th by 13¼) but never threatened, simply ran a “even” race. Expect Prado to get him up close early in order to have a fighting chance, but the distance will be too much for him.
Early Betting Odds : 34-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 30-1

14th – Repole silks #8 – Midnight Taboo
Trainer / Jockey: Todd Pletcher / Garrett Gomez
Running Style: Speed
He’s basically just starting his career with only 3 career races, is overmatched and is only runner in here that has never faced graded stakes company. The owner also has Overanalyze and Unlimited Budget. Both of those will need a quick pace to run at, so Midnight Taboo appears to be the sacrificial lamb.
Early Betting Odds : 37-1compared to Morning Line Odds: 30-1

Based on my analysis of the Belmont Stakes, I’ll play…

$10 WIN, PLACE, SHOW on #9 (Revolutionary) – Cost $30

$1 EXACTA BOX on #3 (Overanalyze) #9 (Revolutionary) #10 (Will Take Charge) #12 (Palace Malice) – Cost $12

$1 TRIFECTA PART-WHEEL 3, 5, 9, 10 w/ 3, 5, 9, 10 w/ 12 (Palace Malice) in 3rd spot – Cost $12

Selections for Pimlico’s Closing Day, Saturday, June 8th card  are on Page 2.

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Final Fan Friday at Pimlico; It’s Viva Las Vegas for Oddsmaker Frank Carulli

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Final Fan Friday at Pimlico; It’s Viva Las Vegas for Oddsmaker Frank Carulli

Posted on 06 June 2013 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 06-06-13— Frank Carulli lives, breathes, eats and sleeps gambling, so it should not be a surprise that he will be taking his talents to Las Vegas next month.

“It is something I have always wanted to do from the first time I ever walked into Circus Circus sports book in the late 80’s,” Carulli said. “I said if I ever got the chance ‘I am coming’. Financially I can pull it off for now. Housing is dirt cheap and my health has been a little bad the last couple years, so I figure let’s have fun first and I’ll reassess the situation in two years.”                    Photo credit: Jim McCue, MJC

If Carulli has his way, the last two days he ever has to work are tomorrow and Saturday, the final two days of the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting. The 51-year-old will officially retire as the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing analyst and handicapper Friday, June 28.

“I have been gambling since grade school, peddling football cards for a quarter each so it is deeply imbedded in my blood and it never left,” added Carulli. “I grew up watching Penn National with my father and we had a betting account. I really targeted this job ever since watching Fred Lipkin from my living room as a kid.”

THE ODDSMAKER: Carulli arrived in Maryland in January 2002 after a 5½ year stint as publicity director and racing analyst at Charles Town.

In addition to analyzing each race and conducting interviews after stakes races on in-house and simulcast TV, Carulli was asked to set the morning line for each race every live racing day. He became one of the best in the business, with his morning line favorite being the actual betting choice more than a 70% of the time during his 11 ½ year tenure, including 11 of his 12 Preakness morning line selections.

“I am most proud of my linemaking skills,” said Carulli, who was a sports writer in Northern Virginia after graduating from Penn State before getting into the racing industry. “Before I took this job, I was working for Charles Town where I didn’t do odds and had an interview with the Daily Racing Form to be an oddsmaker and I blew the test. Here I am now, knowing how badly I did there.”

“Frank doesn’t consider doing the morning line a 9 to 5 job, where you just submit numbers and move on,” said longtime Maryland Jockey Club announcer Dave Rodman. “He took pride in doing the best job from favorite all the way down the line. He puts the time and effort into it. He understands the game and the mentality of the horse playing crowd. He tried to factor in not only what horses look like on paper but why the public would make that horse the favorite, factoring in riders and key races. When he had doubts about his own line he was not afraid to ask others for opinions, which is rare for someone in his position. His dedication really stood out to me, especially how he used to stress out about the Preakness line as soon as the horses crossed the line at the Kentucky Derby. He was always thinking.”

MEMORIES: Of course, most of Carulli’s top memories during his tenure in Maryland revolve around the Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

“I will never forget Dave’s call of Afleet Alex (2005). How much the best was he?,” Carulli said. “The atmosphere here for Smarty Jones (2004) stood out beyond words. It was unbelievable and of course Barbaro (2006). I watched the race from the press box and the hush that fell over the crowd is something I will never forget. It was like watching a silent movie. I think the Preakness should have a museum. It is the greatest race in the country for what has happened in it, not just the great horses but the drama and everything else.”

Two of his other favorites are Mr. O’Brien, a runner Carulli correctly predicted would win the 2005 Dixie Handicap (G2) at 11-1 odds, and Eclipse Award winner Xtra Heat.

“One of my first stakes interviews was with the connections of Xtra Heat (2002 Barbara Fritchie) and I was blown away by the number of people surrounding the winners’ circle,” Carulli said. “They were about 50 deep. Then the next year she won the same race in the fog. When they brought her back to the paddock for the win photo, it was like a movie. There were flash cameras going off from the apron when she and (jockey) Rick Wilson came back. That was fascinating.”

THE REPLACEMENTS: Carulli was involved in the process of finding his on-air replacement Gabby Gaudet and has been mentoring her during the current meet.

“Gabby is going to surprise a lot of people with how well she is going to do,” Carulli said. “You don’t have to tell her to do anything twice. Her on-air demeanor has improved each week. I think the hardest thing is going to be keeping her here.”

Equibase chart caller Keith Feustle, who has been co-hosting the Pimlico and Laurel pre-race show with Rodman for nearly two years, will take over Carulli’s morning line duties. Feustle has been establishing the morning line at Colonial Downs since 2003.

“He is fabulous, one of the best out there,” said Carulli. “You can’t put into perspective as to how difficult it has been at Colonial, which is super difficult because it is all big fields on the turf. The adjustment for him is going to be super easy going from those to a more balanced race card. He is one of the best linemakers in the business, for sure.”

EL PRESIDENTE: Carulli’s work ethic is legendary but so is his appetite for action. Following each racing day, he can be found wagering on Latin American racing in the Pimlico or Laurel Park press box, which is how he earned the nickname El Presidente.

“He is definitely one of the more memorable people I have ever met,” Rodman said. “His love of gambling is what makes him such a colorful personality. He watches races from his own personal gym. Some of my favorite times are when he is on his treadmill after our race card and at the same time talking about a bad ride at San Isidro.”

WHEN IN VEGAS: Carulli will be leaving Maryland July 1 with stops in Cincinnati, Kansas City and Denver to watch baseball games. Once in Vegas, he plans on spending his time wagering.

“It will not be horse racing. Sports betting will be the bulk of it with halftime lines at the front of the line,” Carulli added. “Table games will be a large part of it, blackjack and craps. I am a decent poker player but decent might not be good enough out there so we’ll see. I am a realist and know the money could go quickly, so I need to sharpen my skills because that is what I would like to do. That and sports betting, which I love.”

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #158… “Hung

Recapping Pimlico’s Sunday (Day 34) 10-race card selections, posted a pathetic 3 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.60 (2nd race), $8.60 (8th) and $3.80 (10th).

The BEST BET (33 12-6-3) Coach Fridge (R9 #5 9-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) was off slowly but got a patient ride, letting the early speed set a torrid pace. Still trailing the field when turning for home, he finally kicked into high gear, passing all rivals except the prohibitive 3-5 favorite, for a nice runner-up effort to return $5.00 to PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (33 6-1-4) Flyingtobechilders (R3 #1 5-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) dull effort showed nothing in finishing 6th among 8 runners.

Selections for Pimlico’s Friday, June 7th card  are on Page 2.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Party in the Poconos 400 (Sunday 1pm from Long Pond, PA live on TNT); IndyCar Firestone 550 (Saturday 8:30pm from Fort Worth, TX live on ABC); Golf: PGA Tour FedEx 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), Champions Tour Regions Tradition (Thursday 6:30pm Friday & Saturday 12:30pm Sunday 2:30pm from Shoal Creek, AL on Golf Channel), Wegmans LPGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Pittsford, NY live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson (Saturday 10pm from Montreal live on HBO), Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ New York Lizards (Thursday 7pm from Randalls Island, NY live on CBS Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Pretty Lights (Saturday 5pm Pier Six Pavilion); The National/Dirty Projectors (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Chaka Khan, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Earth, Wind & Fire (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Widespread Panic (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Dirty Heads (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); “Weird Al” Yankovic (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Metric (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mint Condition (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), Social Distortion (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Foals (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Alpha Rev (Thursday 6:30pm Mt. Vernon Park); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Beach House (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Cut Copy (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Tricky (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Animal Collective (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Heavy (Monday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Frank Turner is the guy that does that song you don’t even realize how much you love.

Everyone I know who likes good music likes Foals. So…umm…maybe you should like Foals?

I would really like to have someone go with me to Alpha Rev Thursday night. Anyone available?

Also, if you’d like to drive me to DC to see The Heavy; I’d like to discuss that as well.

9. Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); A Good Day to Die Hard“, “Warm Bodies” and “Identity Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Internship” out in theaters (Friday)

The Internship appears as though it’s probably garbage; but it doesn’t change anything about the history of Wedding Crashers. Wedding Crashers was freaking fantastic. That will never change no matter what amount of hot garbage is involved in this not-so-sequely sequel.

Also, if I can’t make it down to Saint Nicholas; could someone bring me just about as much of this as possible?

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Selections for Sunday at Pimlico

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Selections for Sunday at Pimlico

Posted on 02 June 2013 by Gary Quill


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Saturday June 8th is Closing Day at Pimlico. There’s just two more live racing days left on the Old HIlltop calendar in 2013. The final Fan Friday (June 7th) and Saturday which is also Belmont Stakes Day. So if you haven’t been to Pimlico for the exciting chase scenes during the 36 day meet, time is running out. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and good weather will continue to shine down on Baltimore’s only horse race track.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #153… “Horse

Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday (Day 33) 10-race card selections, posted 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.20 (1st race), $5.40 (2nd), $4.60 (5th), $6.40 (6th), $3.20 (8th) and $3.20 (9th).

The BEST BET (32 12-5-3) D D Renegade (R4 #6 8-5 PT; 5-2 M/L) three wide on the turn, stalked the duel, had aim on the lead in upper stretch but flattened out, only being second best returning $3.20 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (32 6-1-4) Another Taste (R10 #6 5-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) chased the pace three wide around the turn and held the show between rivals to return $5.00 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Sunday, June 2nd card are on Page 2.

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Pimlico Picks for Saturday; Plenty of Interest for Belmont Stakes

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Pimlico Picks for Saturday; Plenty of Interest for Belmont Stakes

Posted on 01 June 2013 by Gary Quill


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

It’s officially Belmont Stakes week. Racing’s third leg of Triple Crown takes place on Saturday, June 8th. Even though Derby winner Orb failed to capture the Preakness Stakes, there is still plenty of interest in the $1,000,000 G1 event.

As of this writing as many as 14 will start in the Belmont Stakes. It will feature “The Rubber Match” between Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow. The NYRA has to be pleased with the amount of interest in this race, as every year if the Derby winner does not win the Preakness, the economic impact could be a disaster.

Luckily, either the NYRA Marketing Department or Racing Secretary’s Office has done an incredible job to attract a large field which normally results in a great betting and a huge handle.

In addition to Orb and Oxbow, the field is expected to include a filly, Unlimited Budget, who according to trainer Todd Pletcherthere’s a 99% chance that Rosie Napravnik will ride (Unlimited Budget). The other 3-year-olds likely to run are Golden Soul, Revolutionary, Will Take Charge, Vyjack, Overanalyze, Incognito, Palace Malice, Freedom Child, Giant Finish, Always in a Tiz and Midnight Taboo.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #152… “High Weight

Recapping Pimlico’s Friday (Day 32) 9-race card selections, posted 6 winners (5 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.60 (1st race), $3.40 (2nd), $5.00 (3rd), $6.20 (5th), $4.80 (7th) and $3.80 (8th).

The BEST BET (31 12-4-3) Biddy (R3 #4 3-2 PT; 2-1 M/L) simply did what was expected of him, go gate to wire as the only runner in the contest that had decent early speed going 5 furlongs on the grass, returning $5.00 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (31 6-1-3) Public Secret (R5 #7 2-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) got a perfect stalking trip and pounced on the cheap speed at the head of the stretch to score the easy 3 length victory to return $6.20 to WIN, $3.00 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Saturday, June 1st card are on Page 2.

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Pimlico Picks for Fan Friday, Preview of Saturday’s Feature Race

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Pimlico Picks for Fan Friday, Preview of Saturday’s Feature Race

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Gary Quill


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

BALTIMORE, 05-30-13—Team Valor International’s Cerro (IRE) is named the overwhelming favorite to win Pimlico Race Course’s final stakes race of the spring meeting, the $100,000 Canonero II for 3-year olds, on Saturday afternoon.

After racing at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the tutelage of Graham Motion, Cerro (6-5) will be asked to cover 1-1/8th miles for the second time since breaking his maiden in Italy last summer. The son of Mr. Greeley is one-of-four this year including a sixth place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Fountain of Youth (G2). Rick Mettee took over training duties after a fourth place finish in the Lexington Stakes (G3). Alan Garcia has the riding assignment.

Dynamic Strike (3-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, taking the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel park in early February for trainer Dickie Small. Since then the son of Smart Strike finished off the board in the Private Terms Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes. Dynamic Strike put in a bullet half-mile work Wednesday morning, in which assistant trainer Dylan Smith reports the colt “came back sharper than he went to the track.” Forest Boyce will ride for the seventh straight time.

Dreaming of Jazz (4-1), who has wins for John Rigatteri, King Leatherbury and Juan Vasquez, makes his stakes debut. Hector Garcia is now his trainer of record. Apprentice Victor Carrasco will be aboard the Woke Up Dreamin offspring.

Hanky Doodle (8-1) has finished first or second in seven of 11 lifetime starts, including the Maryland Juvenile Championship last December. However the Gary Capuano trainee has failed to hit the board in his last two stakes tries: the Private Terms and Tesio. Xavier Perez has the call on the son of Cherokee’s Boy.

Recent maiden winners Midnight Cello (8-1) and Handsome Tiger (12-1) complete the field.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #151… “Heavy

Recapping Pimlico’s Memorial Day 10-race card selections, posted just 4 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.40 (4th race), $9.00 (8th), $4.00 (9th) and $4.80 (10th).

The BEST BET (30 11-4-3) Poppy’s Punkin (R4 #7 2-1 PT; 7-2 M/L) was under a patient ride, stalking the leader until mid-stretch, then confidently took the lead in the final furlong to get under the wire first, returning $6.40 to WIN, $4.60 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (30 5-1-3) English Sarah (R5 #3 7-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) was towards the back of the pack early per her running style. Negotiated thru traffic in the final quarter mile, but was no match for the top two while emerging well clear of the rest to finish 3rd, returning $3.40 to SHOW.

Selections for Pimlico’s Friday, May 31st card will be on Page 2.

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Sunday Selections at Pimlico; This time Spicer Cub ONLY ran 1 1/16 miles

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Sunday Selections at Pimlico; This time Spicer Cub ONLY ran 1 1/16 miles

Posted on 25 May 2013 by Gary Quill


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

As the field loaded into the gate for Pimlico’s 1st race on Saturday, track announcer Dave Rodman referred to #4 – Spicer Cub as “the Youtube sensation”. That’s because during the 4-year-old geldings most recent race, a 1 1/16 mile contest, he actually ran about 1 1/8 miles.

With more views than the attendance figure from last weekend Preakness Day at Pimlico, it’s no wonder that when the betting opened yesterday, Spicer Cub was 4-5, down from the 7-2 Morning Line. Just prior to Post Time, #2 – Nashly’s Vow was scratched on advice of the track veterinarian. This left a field of 5, and Spicer Cub the 5-2 second betting choice.

Fitted with a special designed blinker, here’s how Spicer Cub fared…

What the casual horse racing fan won’t understand is that Spicer Cub ”stepped up in class” in this race. That is, faced better competition than he had in his previous “adventure”. So to finish second was a major accomplishment in itself. He now has 4 runner-up finishes (from his last 4 races) in his 9 race career. Trainer Mary Eppler certainly deserves the credit for improving him from a $8,000 Maiden Claimer to the highest ($40,000) maiden ranks.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #146… “Handle”

Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday 10-race card selections, posted 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $10.60 (2nd), $5.00 (4th), $6.20 (6th), $6.20 (7th) and $11.80 (9th).

The BEST BET (28 10-4-3) Diversification (R8 #5 7-1 PT; 4-1 M/L) was taken well back early and never showed any fight as he trailed nearly every step of the way, only passing one even more pathetic than he.

The LONGSHOT PICK (28 5-1-2) Shipwreck Cove (R3 #7 4-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) chased the pace three wide around the turn, was carried to the four path in upper stretch then gave way, finishing 7th among a field of 8.

Selections for Pimlico’s Sunday, May 26th card  will on Page 2.

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