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Thursday Timonium Selections for Racing Day 6 at The Maryland State Fair

Posted on 28 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Believe it or not, this odds-board (pictured above) was NOT installed with the originally constructed grandstand when the Maryland State Fair took up residence in Timonium in 1879.

Recapping Timonium’s Wednesday Race Day#5 7-race card posted had 5 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $5.60 (3rd), $11.00 (5th), $4.40 (6th) and $4.40 (7th).

The BEST BET of the Day (5 1-1-2) Go Allie (R3 #6 – 9-5 M/L; 6-5 PT) Go Allie moved outside the early speed to take a short lead passing the wire the first time, was content to rate off of that one past the half mile pole, re-bid 2 wide after a half mile, dueled into the far turn, could not match strides near the three sixteenths marker and faded to 3rd, returning $2.10 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (5 2-2-1) Bomb Dust (R5 #7- 10-1 M/L; 18-1 PT) settled back early, angled out leaving the far turn, rallied four wide to loom a major player approaching the stretch, kept on willingly but simply was no match for the winner, settling for a runner-up position to return $18.20 to PLACE and $11.60 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $24 on A.P Wild (# 4; 7th race; 6-5) cleared all rivals early, dictated the pace along the rail, kicked away from his foes under some nudging around the final turn and was merely shown the whip through the stretch to go onto an easy victory paying $4.40 to WIN, $2.60 to PLACE and most importantly for the parlay wager, the 5% minimum $2.10 to SHOW. This adds a mere $1.20 to the $24.40 bankroll for a Day 6 wager.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #241Quarter Crack

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 Thursday August 29th 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 – $14,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Unsighted (2-1)
#1A – Fictional Hero (5-2)
#3 – Nashi (7-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 4 y.o. and up – One mile
#3 – Asia Gray (9-2)
#1 – Emmara Gale (8-5)
#2 – Seasons Change (8-1)

3rd race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – P and B and J (2-1)
#5 – Happy Bird (4-1)
#4 – Peppermint Rush (5-2)

4th race – $10,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#2 – Pac Yer Tack (9-2) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#1 – Muckraker (3-1)
#4 – Breaking Up (3-1)

5th race – $14,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Joy Train (7-2)
#2 – Heather (8-1)
#4 – Majestic Samurai (5-2)

6th race – $12,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#1 – L.A. Girl (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#4 – Carrietta (5-1)
#6 – Candelbra (5-2)

7th race – $10,000 Claiming N2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Angelic Lioness (2-1)
#1 – Elbertini (8-1)
#4 – Rising Ember (9-5)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $25.60 ($24.40 bankroll – $24 wager + $25.20 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $25 on Asia Gray (# 2; 2nd race; 9-2) has been in over her head in her previous 3 races at Monmouth Park and Parx.When going today’s one mile distance, she has 3 wins from 6 tries and just one off the board finish. Looking for more than a 5% ROI here.

Looks like Day 6 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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Wednesday Selections for Racing Day 5 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Monday Race Day #4 7-race card posted had 6 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.00 (2nd race), $7.60 (3rd race), $10.80 (4th), $8.00 (5th), $34.40 (6th) and $4.80 (7th).

The BEST BET of the Day (4 1-1-1) Keep Me Informed (R6 #3 – 2-1 M/L; 4-5 PT) never picked up his AFTER he got squeezed to the back of the field at the break as #5 and the eventual winner (#4) broke to the left leaving the gate. Still, unless our Best Bet sustained and injury as a result of this mishap, there was no excuse for his lackluster effort, finishing 5th in a field of 6.

The LONGSHOT PICK (4 2-1-1) Lookin’ Foxy (R3 #1- 5-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) took more action at the betting windows than the Morning Line oddsmaker anticipated, as this 7 year old mare was sent off as the 5-2 second choice. She took right to the lead out of the gate and just extended her lead as the race progressed. In the end, winning the one mile contest by 10 lengths to return $7.60 to WIN $3.40 to Place and $3.40 to SHOW and “that’s OK” is what radio announcers would say when giving race results in which the SHOW payoffs equaled or exceeded the PLACE payoff).

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Scipion’s Girl (# 3; 7th race; 8-5) normally on the lead, allowed the Post Time favorite (#1A) duel a 20-1 longshot for the lead in the early going. That strategy proved to be a winning one, Scipion’s Girl rallied past the leaders near the Funnel Cake stand (ala Dave Rodman’s call) to go onto an easy victory paying $4.80 to WIN, $2.60 to PLACE and most importantly for the parlay wager $2.40 to SHOW. This adds $4.00 to the $20 initial investment for a Day 5 wager.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #240 – Quarter

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 Wednesday August 28th 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.

Rough looking card… small fields and filled with chalk. Good Luck!

1st race – $4,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Seductora (1-1)
#3 – Superstitious Love (7-5)
#2 – Clearcutadvantage (6-5)

2nd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#1 – Kissed by the Mist (5-2)
#5 – Gingko Girl (8-1)
#4 – Halo City Girl (8-1)

3rd race – $6,250 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Go Allie (9-5)  $$$ BEST BET $$$
#4 – Scipabeat (3-1)
#3 – Wyatt’s Women (2-1)

4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – One mile
#3 – Ara Diamond (7-2)
#5 – Corsetiere (7-5)
#7 – Heza Royal One (10-1)

5th race – $15,000 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Bomb Dust (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#5 – Brush Creek (7-2)
#6 – Bulaga (9-2)

6th race – $32,000 Allowance N3X for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#2 – The Absolute One (7-5)
#1 – Alluseeismytale (2-1)
#5 – Radiant Talent (8-5)

7th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – A.P. Wild (6-5)
#5 – Ascendancy (6-1)
#7 – Son of the Sun (6-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $24.40 ($20.40 bankroll – $20 wager + $24 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $24 on A.P Wild (# 4; 7th race; 6-5) has 4 lifetime races to his credit. In each of them he’s sprinted to the lead, only to weaken in deep stretch every time. He sheds the blinkers today, which should help him relax enough early in the contest to have enough stamina in the final furlong to hold of his rivals, if not for the victory, to at least finish on the board.

Looks like Day 5 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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Monday Selections for Day 4 at Timonium Fair Grounds

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Monday Selections for Day 4 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 25 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Sunday Race Day #3 9-race card posted had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.00 (1st race), $11.00 (4th race), $7.20 (5th), $9.40 (6th), $20.40 (7th) and $2.40 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (3 1-1-1) Craftwell’s Belle (R6 #3 – 3-1 M/L; 7-5 PT) was well backed by the fair patrons, but disappointed them when she failed to fire in the lane and flattened out, barely holding onto the SHOW spot to return $2.20 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (3 1-1-1) Ballet Dancer (R9 #2- 6-1 M/L; 16-1 PT) was hustled right to the early lead, 2 lengths clear of closest rival into the stretch, was game in the inside when headed 100 yards to the wire, but yielded to be second best to pay $13.00 to Place and $8.00 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $29 on Love’s Strong Hart (R7 #1 – 5-2 M/L; PT 2-1) raced 3-5 wide throughout this contest, but even that was no excuse for his dull effort, finishing 4th of 8, taking down the $29 SHOW bet. So we’re down to $20 to try to build it during the next 7 days of the meet.

Today’s JockeyWorld.org Racing Term of the Day is #238 – Prop and Wheel

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 August 26th 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 – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 4 furlongs
#3 – Poetry in Notion (7-2)
#2 – Wolseley Bay (5-1)
#6 – Bobi’s Pharlap (5-2)

2nd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 /16 miles
#6 – Silent Shot (3-1)
#2 – Fancy Runner (5-2)
#4 – War Fleet (6-1)

3rd race – $31,000 Allowance N1X fillies and mares for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#1 – Lookin’ Foxy (5-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#2 – Love the Breeding (4-1)
#6 – Moms R Special (8-1)

4th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. 4 furlongs
#4 – Vitral (5-1)
#3 – A Train Alex (3-1)
#2 – Joint Custody (4-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#7 – Kodiak Song (5-2)
#3 – Bet the Cat (3-1)
#1 – Dancing for Lois (4-1)

6th race – $35,000 Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#3 – Keep Me Informed (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#4 – Fred High (5-1)
#5 – Cherokee Artist (10-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Scipion’s Girl (7-2)
#1/1A – Sing the Blues / E Street Bourbon (1-1)
#7 – Loita (6-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $20.00 ($49.40 bankroll – $29 wager + $0 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Scipion’s Girl (# 3; 7th race; 7-2) is one of the few on this 7-race card that one can pick with confidence that he can SHOW, to keep the parlay alive. In 9 lifetime starts on the dirt, this filly has hit the board in 7 of them.

Looks like Day 4 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 10 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Sunday Selections for Racing Day 3 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 25 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Race Day#2 10-race card posted had 9 winners (5 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $17.40 (1st race), $4.80 (2nd), $4.40 (3rd), $2.80 (4th race), $7.00 (6th), $5.80 (7th), $3.60 (8th), $4.00 (9th) and $12.60 (10th).

The BEST BET of the Day (2 1-1-0) Morning Light (R6 #3 – 3-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) rated just off the early leaders, moved four-wide on the far turn to take command and drew away in the stretch to win by 4 ¼ lengths, paying $7.00 to WIN, $3.80 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (2 1-0-1) High Bar (R4 #6- 6-1 M/L; 9-1 PT) stalked the 1-5 favorite throughout, was kept to task and closed gap willingly, only to come up ¾ length short while surrendering Place money late, returning $2.80 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Conflicting Report (R7 #1 – 6-5 M/L; PT 1-1) went to Post without his stablemate (Star Zapper). Nonetheless, he was bet down to the 1-1 favorite, duel with eventual winner from gate to wire, coming up a ½ length short, returning a paltry $2.40 to Place and the minimum required payout ($2.10) to SHOW. The smallest ROI (5%), only added $1.40 to the bankroll, but it’s a win no less, so we get to Day 3 with $29.40.

Here’s Frankie Lovato’s racing term of the day, #238Prep (for Prep race)

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 August 25th 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 for fillies & mares 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Corinthian Mist (4-1)
#1 – All Biz (5-2)
#6 – Moonlight Drive (9-2)

2nd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#6 – No Attraction (5-2)
#2 – Jack Sensical (8-1)
#1 – Steady Warrior (2-1)

3rd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Love’s Strong Hart (5-2)
#6 – Dutyhonorcountry (3-1)
#3 – Crack Thepat (3-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for fillies & mares 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Put It on Me (4-1)
#1 – Finally Free (10-1)
#4 – Street Surprise (5-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Mister Meehan (2-1)
#8 – Baku (5-1)
#4 – Delvin’s a Hater (9-5)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#4 – Craftwell’s Belle (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#7 – Hum Along (15-1)
#2 – La Reine’s Wager (5-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#2 – No Conflict (4-1)
#1A – Allergee (20-1)
#6 – Smileforthecamera (6-1)

8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#1/1A – Red Vixen / She Be Bunny (2-1)
#6 – Lookin’ Foxy (8-1)
#3 – Will N’ Pat (8-1)

9th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming forfliies & mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#2 – Ballet Dancer (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#8 – Kopp An Eye Full (3-1)
#9 – Mother May I (7-2)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $49.40 ($48 bankroll – $28 wager + $29.40 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $29 on Love’s Strong Hart (# 5; 3rd race; 5-2) considering this gelding is 12 years old and still competing is truly amazing. He’s earned over $500,000 during his career. At today’s (4f) distance he’s hit the board 30 out of 37 times. This old-timer is worth the risk to keep the SHOW parlay alive.

Looks like Day 3 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 10 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Saturday Selections for Racing Day 2 at Timonium Fair Grounds

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Saturday Selections for Racing Day 2 at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 24 August 2013 by Gary Quill

Recapping Timonium’s Opening Day 9-race card posted had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.00 (1st race), $10.40 (2nd), $4.00 (4th), $5.40 (6th), $13.40 (7th) and $7.60 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (1 0-1-0) Southern Squall (R2 #6 – 3-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) usually quick from the gate, got off slow, giving up a few lengths early in this 4 furlong dash, but somehow mustered a rally passing all her rivals except the 3-5 winning favorite to return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 1-0-0) Play Like A Raven (R2 #1- 8-1 M/L; 4-1 PT) did just that, and like the Super Bowl Champion version, not the sloppy version we’ve seen in the pre-season thus far, rallied in the stretch to victory paying $10.40 to WIN, $4.80 to PLACE and $3.80 to SHOW.


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Prairie Trip (R7 #9 – 4-1 M/L; PT 5-1) was more forwardly placed early than usual, which was a great sign as he always rallies. With the added ½ furlong here (61/2f), it was just a matter of when in the money she’d finish. Well she proved to be the best, winning by a head returning $13.40 to WIN, $4.60 to Place and providing a 40% ROI ($2.80) to SHOW. Thus, we add $8 to the initial $20 for Day 2.

Here’s today’s term, #236 – Post Time

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 24th 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 for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Portamento (8-1)
#3 – Sherill’s Hero (7-5)
#4 – Stockton Bad Ben (8-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies & mares3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Missteria (10-1)
#1 – Ridethesilvertrain (5-1)
#6 – Win PIcture (9-5)

3rd race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – First Tastet (2-1)
#2 – Goingpointtopoint (3-2)
#1 – Lady E (6-1)

4th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – High Bar (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Yano (5-2)
#5 – Christmas Flys (7-5)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#7 – Fiesty Albert (4-1)
#6 – Inkster (3-1)
#8 – Never Counted Out (5-2)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Morning Light (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – Judge Wylie (6-1)
#4 – Aim To Win (5-2)

7th race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Pluracity (7-5)
#1/1A – Conflicting Report / Star Zapper (6-5)
#2 – Mandatum (12-1)

8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Favorite Patriot (9-5)
#6 – Keep Momma Happy (6-1)
#4 – Silent Tap (4-1)

9th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#4 – Reckless Runner (2-1)
#6 – Outbacker (9-5)
#3 – Locche (12-1)

10th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#3 – Edge of Glory (4-1)
#5 – Canuta (5-2)
#7 – Evil Lad (10-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $48 ($40 bankroll – $20 wager + $28 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $28 on Conflicting Report / Star Zapper (#1/1A; 7th race;6-5) on paper are the top 2 in this race. So the thought is if/when both finish in the money, then the SHOW pool only gets split to two betting interests instead of 3. This will result in a higher than normal SHOW payoff for what is anticipated as a 6-5 favorite. On the other hand, this situation may bring out a “bridge jumper”, who places an extremely large SHOW bet, in hopes of getting a quick 5% on his/her short term investment (often tens of thousands of dollars . These people are referred to as a “bridge jumper” because if the “mortal lock” to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd does not, then that person may become suicidal and go jump off a bridge

Looks like Day 2 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 10 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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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


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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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