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GQ’s Very Own “Funnie” and Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

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GQ’s Very Own “Funnie” and Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

Posted on 16 March 2013 by Gary Quill

Today I proudly unveil my very own “Funnie”, which obviously has a Maryland theme. This equine drawing masterpiece was a collaborative effort of yours truly and Marcy “Mel” Leonard of Daily Racing Funnies. The turnaround time on my order was amazingly quick, her attention to detail is first-rate, and willingness to let you “have it your way” results in a unique piece of horse racing memorabilia, one can call your own.

GQ's Funnie

Mel’s work has been featured in many areas of HRN as well as on her Twitter account @dailyracefunies. Her drawings are timely, especially during this rapid fire time of year (i.e. Derby Trail), and guaranteed to bring a smile to all who see them. They are certainly a welcome diversion from the stress of keeping up with this fast-paced industry, while also being informative by capturing a major storyline in a single frame drawing. Thanks Mel for bringing the “funnie” side of horse racing to life. 

Recapping the previously posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Mar. 9th had 8 winners from 11 races (4 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.00 (1st race), $5.00 (2nd), $3.80 (3rd), $15.60 (4th), $4.00 (5th), $6.80 (8th), $5.60 (10th) and $18.20 (11th).

The BEST BET of the Day (10 2-0-0) Star Destiny (7-2 PT; 3-1 M/L) was three-wide chasing the leaders early, but failed to threaten as he weakened under strong encouragement, finishing 4th.

The LONGSHOT PICK (10 0-0-3) Pool Party (3-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) set a pressured pace along the rail, held on gamely when entering the stretch, but yielded in the final furlong, salvaging SHOW and returning $2.40.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for a overcast skies with 70% chance of showers, which makes handicapping  this card tricky. It’s guess-work on whether the track will be FAST or SLOPPY at Laurel Park on Saturday Mar. 16th . As of 10am, the track is listed as FAST. Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

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1st race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o.& up – 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Forty Days  (7-5)
#4 – My Name Is Ralphie  (15-1)
#2 – Angels Concerto (5-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming N3L for F&M 4 y.o.& up – 6 furlongs
#2 – True Chick  (9-2)
#4 – She’s Behaving (5-2)
#7 – Time Marches On  (20-1)

3rd race – $7,500 Claiming N3L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Trippi’s Wish (8-5)
#1 – Lady Geegee (2-1)
#7 – Skips Prospect (6-1)

4th race – $25,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. fillies – 7 furlongs
#1 – Ek Haseena (8-5)
#4 – Sea Lady  (6-1)
#5 – Curly (8-1)

5th race – $50,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o.– One mile
#4 – Keep Momma Happy (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
 #2 – Indian Bucks  (3-1)
#6 – Wry Me  (10-1)

6th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for F&M 4 y.o.& up – 6 furlongs
#1 – West Coast Lady (4-1)  *** BEST BET ***
 #7 – Zero Yield (7-2)
#2 – Grammy Pat  (7-2)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming N1Y for 4 y.o.& up – 1 1/8 miles
#8 – Changing Funds (3-1)
#1 – Hurricane Creek (7-2)
#6 – Silent Shot (15-1)

8th race – $125,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes for 3 y.o & up – 1 1/8 miles
#4 – Norman Asbjornson (4-1)
#3 – Koh I Noor (9-5)
#1 – Eighttofasttocatch (9-2)

9th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#6 – Pure Anticipation  (7-5)
#7 – Tale of the Dragon  (6-1)
#2 – Nashly Love  (3-1)

On the Derby Trail… Rebel Stakes @ Oaklawn Park, Race 10:
#1 – Tresaury Bill   -  #10 – Super Ninety Nine   – #2 – Carve

GOOD LUCK!

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Saturday Selections for Laurel Park plus FOY and Risen Star Derby Preps

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Saturday Selections for Laurel Park plus FOY and Risen Star Derby Preps

Posted on 22 February 2013 by Gary Quill

Youth springs eternal and stars are on the rise this weekend the national horse racing spotlight will be on Florida and Louisiana as Kentucky Derby prep graded stakes races are on tap Saturday at Gulfstream Park (Hallendale, FL) and Fairgrounds (New Orleans, LA). These two (2) races are the first two of the eight (8) Championship Season “First of Two Legs” of the Derby Point System races. Each of the eight (8) races, the last being the Sunland Derby on March 24th offers the following Derby points… 50 points to the winner, 20 to runner-up, 10 to third and 5 point to fourth place finishers. The second of the two legs have 7 races worth 100-50-20-10 points.

First up will be the $400k G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park (GP), race 11 (Post Time 5:35pm EST) on the card at 1 1/16 miles over the main dirt surface. In 70 runnings (first in 1945) the Fountain Of Youth has produced just four (4) Kentucky Derby winner s… Tim Tam (1958), Kauai King (1966), Spectacular Bid (1979), and Thunder Gulch (1995).

The Morning Line favorite is #3 – Violence (8-5), a perfect 3-for-3 makes his 3-year-old debut. Top contenders looking to derail the prohibitive favorite are CA invader #9 – He’s Had Enough, the G3 Sam F. Davis winner #10 Falling Sky and a slew of newcomers making their stakes debut.

Interesting stats at GP: Proportion of 8.5 furlong (i.e. 1 1/16 mile) dirt races since 2010 won gate-to-wire: 24% (104 races); At the current meet, 33% have won gate-to-wire going this distance (43 races) while that percentage this past week stands at 54% (13 races).

So with the speed bias of the Gulfstream Park dirt course this time of year (year after year), one should lean towards a speed horse in here. It should be noted that the heavy favorite (Violence) has never shown early speed in any of his 3 career races.

HOW I SEE IT: GP 8.5f races have been very kind to early speed types (54% in the past week; 42% for the meet). This bodes well for Majestc Hussar, Falling Sky, #5 – Elmutahid (20-1) and #8 – Speak Logistics (12-1). This leaves #1 – Orb (12-1) and Violence to take up the chase from mid-pack. Now do you really think that TAP has Violence cranked-up for this one?! I think not!

The Fountain Of Youth Play: $2 Tri Part-Wheel 4, 5, 8 w/ 3 w/ 1, 4, 5, 8, 9
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Majestic Hussar, Elmutahid and Speak Logistics w/ Violence w/ Orb, Majestic Hussar, Elmutahid, Speak Logistics and He’s Had Enough ($24)
  

About 20 minutes later in NOLA, a field of 13 will break from the gate in the $400k G2 Risen Star Stakes at Fairgrounds Race Course, race 10 (Post Time 4:57pm CST) on the card at 1 1/16 miles over the main dirt surface. Fifteen (15) were entered but #12 – He’s Had Enough will run in the Fountain Of Youth at GP and #15 – Sunbean will instead run in race 3 at FG.

Previously known as the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, in 1989 it was renamed to honor locally-owned Risen Star who won the race in 1988, ran 3rd in the Kentucky Derby, and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. In 42 runnings (1973-2012) of this race, the winner has never gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

The Morning Line favorite is #9 – Normandy Invasion (5-2), last seen losing a head-bob decision to Overanalyze in the G2 Remsen at Aqueduct in November. Among the highly touted making their stakes debut are #1 – Proud Strike (8-1), #2 – Code West (6-1), #5 – Mylute (6-1) and #14 – Departing (12-1).

HOW I SEE IT: This is a tough race because of the way FG is playing (Speed bias) and fact it will be OFF (Sloppy). I typically love Closers (Proud Strike and Normandy Invasion), but it ain’t happening here. Since there is plenty of early speed, it’s a crap shoot as to who gets a clean break and first run into the clubhouse turn. Jockey Rosie Napravnik takes off #5 – Mylute to ride #8 – Palace Malice (8-1) for Todd Pletcher. Palace Malice he should get a nice Stalking trip, and love the stretch out and OFF track, just as his Daddy (Curlin) did, getting first jump on the leg weary early speed in mid-stretch while holding off a furious late charge by Normandy Invasion.

Risen Star PLAY: $2 #6 – $10 WIN, $20 PLACE; $1 Tri Part-Wheel 2, 6 w/ 9 w/ 1, 2, 6, 10
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Recapping the previously posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Feb. 16th had 7 winners from 9 races (4 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.20 (1st race), $3.80 (2nd), $5.20 (3rd), $7.60 (4th), $17.00 (6th), $3.00 (7th), $2.80 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (7 1-0-0) Adirondack King (2-1 PT; 5-2 M/L) broke inward bumping the eventual winner. Though he raced forwardly in the early stages, he could not keep pace with the top 3 finishers, settling for 4th as the second-choice at Post Time.

The LONGSHOT PICK (7 0-0-1) Tyler’s Smile (9-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) received a cold reception at the betting windows and proved the betting public correct, as he was wide throughout the race and offered no threat to his rivals, finishing a distant 7th.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for a chance of mixed precipitation (snow & rain), meaning there’s strong possibility the track will be OFF (i.e SLOPPY or MUDDY) at Laurel Park on Saturday Feb. 23rd . Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

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1st race – $12,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Scipion’s Girl (8-5)
#2 – Gracious Gracie (2-1)
#1 – Sacred Hope (6-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#5 – Sweet Yulianna (5-2) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Social Statement (2-1)
#6 – Cambria Queen (10-1)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o.– 6 furlongs
#7 – Rainbowappears (3-1)
#1 – Southern Partner (5-2)
#2 – True Compass (3-1)

4th race – $7,500 Claiming for 4 y.o. OR 5 & up N3L – One mile
#4 – Self Destruct (3-1)
#5 – Last Laugh Now (7-2)
#1 – Dinos Romance (9-5)

5th race – $38,000 Maidens for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#6 – Libertytown Lass (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#10 – Northern Curlew (4-1)
#5 – Magic Fire (6-1)

6th race – $7,500 Claimng.for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#5 – City Genius (9-2)
#1 – Peaceadaaction (5-1)
#6 – Dancing Roman (10-1)

7th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 4 y.o.& up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Itsnottheright (5-2)
#8 – Manito (2-1)
#7 – Pryce’s Posse (8-1)

8th race – $125,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes for F&M 3 y.o.& up – 1 1/8 miles
#7– Moon Philly (8-5)
#6 – Touch the Birds (6-1)
#8 – Blessed Soul (30-1)

9th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#8 – Spicer Cub (8-1)
#4 – Someones Lion (4-1)
#7 – Roccamo (2-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Saturday Selections for Laurel Park plus El Camino Real Derby

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Saturday Selections for Laurel Park plus El Camino Real Derby

Posted on 15 February 2013 by Gary Quill

During this 3-day President’s Day weekend the national horse racing spotlight will be on California and Arkansas as. Kentucky Derby prep graded stakes races are on tap Saturday at Golden Gate Fields (Albany/Berkeley,CA) and on Monday at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, AR). These two (2) races are the final ones of the first (Prep Season) of two series of the Derby Point System races. Races in the first series were worth 10 points to the winner, 4 to runner-up, 2 to third and 1 point to fourth place finishers. The second (Championship Season) series consist of two legs. There are 8 races in the first leg, worth 50-20-10-5 while the second leg has 7 races worth 100-50-20-10 points.

First up will be the $200k G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, race 9 (Post Time 6:18pm EST) on the card at 1 1/8 miles over the main synthetic Tapeta surface. In 31 runnings (1982-2012) the El Camino Real Derby has produced just one Kentucky Derby winner (Charismatic-1999) and two Kentucky Derby runners-up (Cavonnier-1996 and Casual Lies-1992).

The Morning Line favorite is #3 – Manando (9-5), one of two Bob Baffert runners, finished 3rd in the G3 Sham Stakes behind Goldencents, a top Derby contender. His main rival is #5 – Zeewat (5-2) who goes for a GG stakes race natural hat trick having previously won the Cal Derby and Gold Rush Stakes here. There is plenty of early speed among this field of nine (9), which sets up nicely for one who can possesses the ability to come off the pace as well as the pedigree to “get” 9 furlongs.

HOW I SEE IT: There will be a mad dash to the first turn from #1 Wildcat Moon (6-1), #2 – Rush In (12-1), #3 – Counting Days (30-1) and #4 – Manando, all wanting to be on the lead. #5 – Zeewat (5-2), #6 – Nina’s Dragon (12-1), #7 – North Pacific (30-1) and #8 – Carving (3-1) will be content to stalk the leaders while longshot #9 – Dice Flavor (20-1) will likely be the trailer throughout the early stages. Based on what should be a very fast first quarter, half and three-quarter fractions, most will be getting leg weary as they enter the stretch. The one who will have plenty left in the tank for a big stretch run we be #9 – Dice Flavor. Though all four of his starts have been on turf, the southern CA shipper has improved in each of those starts even when encountering trouble in his last two, breaking his maiden then 3rd in a $80k optional claimer.

El Camino Real Derby PLAY: #9 – $5 WIN, $10 PLACE, $20 SHOW; $2 Exacta Box 4-8-9

Due to entries for the Southwest Stakes not being drawn until Saturday afternoon, analysis and selection for this race cannot be published at this time.

Recapping the previously posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Feb. 2nd had 7 winners from 9 races (2 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.80 (1st race), $4.80 (2nd), $3.20 (3rd), $14.60 (4th), $3.60 (6th), $4.60 (6th), $5.40 (8th) and $2.80 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (6 1-0-0) Walkwithapurpose (8-5 PT; 5-2 M/L) dominated this field with a noice stalking trip then took over at the 1/8th pole to win in convincing fashion returning $5.40 to WIN, $3.00 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (6 0-0-1) Dino Dinosaur (4-1 PT; 10-1 M/L) was bet down early in the wagering, but failed to demonstrate the ability in which his backers showed at the betting windows. He disputed the early pace, but quickly packed it in after 4 furlongs of the 6 furlong sprint, finishing 5th, 9 lengths behind the winner.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for a chance of mixed precipitation (snow & rain), meaning there’s strong possibility the track will be OFF (i.e SLOPPY or MUDDY) at Laurel Park on Saturday Feb. 16th . Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#1 – Turnout (6-5)
#4 – Mindfulness (4-1)
#2 – J.P.’s Friend (15-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Banner Elk Lady (9-5)
#1 – Needadrink (6-1)
#2 – Cat Wiesel (2-1)

3rd race – $15,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. or N3L 5 y.o. & up – One mile
#4 – Color Cam (6-1)
#5 – War Fleet (9-2)
#3 – Power Emblem (2-1)

4th race – $7,500 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Pique Out (3-1)
#8 – Badon (7-2)
#6 – Count On Hope (9-5)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles
#7 – Tyler’s Smile (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Financier (4-1)
#9 – Thunder Feet (5-1)

6th race – $125,000 John B. Campbell Hcp. for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 miles
#3 – Adirondack King (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#4 – Service for Ten (6-5)
#2 – Concealed Identity (8-1)

7th race – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Silver Morgan (7-5)
#6 – Hurler (5-2)
#1 – Why Me (10-1)

8th race – $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Hacp. for 3 y.o.& up – 7 furlongs
#3 – Onepointthreekarats (5-1)
#1 – My Wandy’s Girl (7-2)
#5 – Nicole H (8-5)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 4 y.o. & up – 1 1/8 miles
#4 – Today’s Man (8-5)
#1 – Silent Shot (20-1)
#5 – Not Too Tacky (5-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Porcupine & Puppies Super Bowl Prognosticators; Selections for Laurel Park plus 3 Derby Preps

Posted on 01 February 2013 by Gary Quill

Everyone is an expert these days. Every network has a panel of “experts” willing to offer their two-cents worth of analysis and prediction on who win the Super Bowl. When I was a kid growing up during the single-digit Super Bowl era, there was just one expert, Jimmy “The Greek” Synder.

Over the past few years (YouTube era), there have been various animals whose handlers attempt to become famous with a correct prognostication of NFL’s big game. Here are my favorites for this year’s match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Jimmy Fallon Puppy Predictors

Teddy Bear the talking porcupine

NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes on July 3rd, that’s correct, JULY!

On Saturday, the eve of Super Bowl XLVII RAVENS FEVER HITS LAUREL PARK. The Laurel Park racing office showed its support for the Baltimore Ravens by naming the first six races on Saturday’s card with a Ravens-related theme…

The T Sizzle (race 1)
Heydiddlediddle, Rice up the Middle (race 2)
Wacco for Flacco (race 3)
Ray’s Last Ride (race 4)
Ed Reed’s Two Tickets to Paradise (race 5)
Go Ravens Purple Pride (race 6)

For the last three weeks, the virtual finish line on Laurel Park’s simulcast signal has featured a “Go Ravens” logo.

Also on Saturday the national horse racing spotlight will be on Florida, New York and California as Kentucky Derby prep graded stakes races are on tap at Tampa Downs (FL), Aqueduct (NY) and Santa Anita (CA). Of the three, the (Withers Stakes) race in New York may have the least impact on the Derby picture.

Let me explain. The powers-to-be at Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) developed a new “Derby Point System” that will determine the pecking order as to which colts, geldings and/or fillies are given the chance to “Run For The Roses”, if more than 20 are entered in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. This “system” anointed specific races where points would be awarded to the first, second, third or fourth place finishers. Of the 3 traditional prep races run this weekend, only the Sam F. Davis (@ Tampa) and Robert B. Lewis (@ Santa Anita) are designated “point system” races. Therefore, one would think these two races would attract the most interest, leaving the Withers to play second (or in this case third) fiddle. Not quite, eight (8) are scheduled to run in the Withers, while the Robert B. Lewis only attracted four (4) Go figure?!

First up will be the $200k G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, race 9 (Post Time 4:18pm EST) on the card at 1 1/16 miles over the inner dirt course. The prohibitive Morning Line favorite is #2 – Revolutionary (3-5) who broke his maiden by 8½ lengths in his fourth career start. On paper this Todd Pletcher trainee appears to be a standout, but we know races aren’t run on paper, so he’ll need to turn back 7 rivals on the track. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will start a pair of talented colts #1 – Long River and entrymate #1A – Valid (7-2 M/L). The former ran 4th in the G2 Jerome last out while the latter was broke his maiden at Laurel Park in a convincing manner on last day of 2012. Other contenders here are #3 – Escapefromreality (6-1) will be the likely pacesetter as he stretches out to two-turns from two career sprints; #4 – Amerigo Vespucci (15-1) still looking for respect after getting SHOW purse money at 39-1 in the Count Fleet Stakes as is #5 – Siete de Oros (8-1) who at 41-1 lost to Vyjack by a head in the G2 Jerome on Jan. 5th.

WITHERS PLAY: $10 WIN / PLACE #1/1A Entry and $2 Exacta box 1-2-4

Next up at Santa Anita is the $200k G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, contested at 1 1/16 miles, the 4th race on the card. Post Time is set for5:03pm EDT. Really?! Only 4 horses… really?! Hard to believe with all the so-called Derby candidates on the west coast, this race came up so short. Even more pathetic, only 2 horses were nominated by the Jan. 24th deadline. Only one of them was entered, #2 – Flashback (9-5). Trainer Bob Baffert always has his horses Road to the Roses well mapped out. So my thoughts are this son of Tapit has been prepping for for the Lewis since winning his career debut on Dec. 8th. I envision a gate-to-wire victory. Looming the biggest threat is #4 – He’s Had Enough (7-5) for the connections who sent out I’ll Have Enough. Both #1 – Little Jerry (8-1) and #3 – Den’s Legacy (4-1) will fight it out for the minor shares and points.

ROBERT B. LEWIS PLAY: $30 WIN #2

Lastly on Saturday is the $200k G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Downs,11th race on the card, Post Time 5:23pm EST). The 9-5 Morning Line favorite is the Mark Casse entry of #1 – Northern Lion and #1A Dynamic Sky. The latter won the $100k Pasco Stakes over this course on Jan. 12th. His stablemate exits a 5½ length maiden score at Gulfstream Park travelling today’s distance of 1 1/16 miles. Other of note are #4 – My Name Is Michael (4-1) recently turned over to the capable hands of Graham Motion after 4 lifetime starts over the synthetic surface at Woodbine; #5 – Speak Logistics (3-1) last seen finishing 7th in the G1 BC Juvenile last November and #8 – Falling Sky (5-1) who was purchased for $425k this month, after ending his 2 year old campaign with a victory in a tough Optional Claimer at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 15th. The rest of the field comprises of 3 Also-Rans from the Pasco Stakes, a Nick Zito maiden winner at Tampa and a turf winner who broke his maiden in a $12,500 Claiming race.

SAM F. DAVIS PLAY: $10 WIN / PLACE #8 and $1 Trifecta P/W 4,5, 8, 9 w/ 1 w/ 4, 5, 8, 9

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Recapping the previously posted pathetic selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Jan. 26th had just 4 winners from 9 races (2 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.40 (2nd), $4.60 (6th), $3.60 (8th) and $6.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (5 0-0-0) Ciguaraya (4-1 PT; 5-1 M/L) raced 4-wide in the early stages, loomed a serious threat while being asked at the 5/16th pole, but was unable to sustain that drive, flattened out and finished 5th of 10.

The LONGSHOT PICK (5 0-0-1) Mister Dish (7-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) was unhurried early but then moved into contention, splitting foes and looked like a threat at the head of the stretch, but flattened out in the final furlong, salvaging 3rd place purse money, returning $4.80 to SHOW.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Sunny skies with no chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Saturday Feb. 2nd . Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Dublin Gulch (6-1)
#1A – Whatsthequestion (2-5) note: POE #1 – Light of My Life *** SCRATCHED ***
#4 – Mountain Bird Song (8-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Flavor (9-2)
#3 – Ninety Five South (8-1)
#2 – It’s Never Too Late (2-1)

3rd race – $15,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#4 – Monster Sleeping (5-1)
#1 – Vicarious Won (8-5)
#7 – Changingoftheguard (6-1)

4th race – $14,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Dinny Dinosaur (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#6 – Lemon Juice (8-1)
#2 – Azicharmyou (5-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#4 – Miss Bad Girl (7-5)
#1 – Sicut Quercus (5-1)
#8 – Brightlingsea (4-1)

6th race – $50,000 Optional Claiming for 3 y.o. fillies – 1 mile
#4 – Seven Stars (5-2)
#3 – Majestic Marquet (2-1)
#7 – Sea Lady (10-1)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Jim the Dancer (9-5)
#4 – Mendassity (3-1)
#8 – Lady Geegee (9-2)

8th race – $125,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3 y.o. fillies – 7 furlongs
#5 – Walkwithapurpose (5-2) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Dear to All (2-1)
#7 – Power Lady (7-2)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#3 – Friendly Princess (5-1)
#7 – Smoky Opal (6-5)
#1 – Saratoga Notes (10-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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MJC submits plans for Pimlico, Laurel improvements

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

LAUREL, MARYLAND (February 1, 2013) – The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) President and Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Chuckas, Jr., released the following statement on MJC’s preliminary capital improvement plan for Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.  The preliminary plan was submitted to the Maryland Racing Commission and the Maryland Department of Budget & Management today pursuant to legislation passed during the 2012 special session.   Under the 2007 Video Lottery Gaming Legislation, portions of the video lottery proceeds are dedicated to the Racetrack Facility Redevelopment Account for racetrack development and improvement.

 

“The Maryland Jockey Club is pleased to submit its preliminary capital improvement plan to the Maryland Racing Commission and the State of Maryland.  Building on the recent 10-year agreement for sustained racing in Maryland, the plan outlines MJC’s commitment to the thoroughbred horse racing industry and willingness to make significant capital improvements at Pimlico and Laurel Park.

 

“While MJC will move quickly to address short term needs of the industry, including planning, design and permitting for the construction of 300 new stalls at Laurel Park and 200 new stalls at Pimlico, this is the beginning of a collaborative planning process to reinvest and redevelop these facilities.

 

“In the weeks ahead, MJC looks forward to engaging with our colleagues in the racing industry, the Maryland Racing Commission, state and local officials, and our community partners to finalize the capital improvement plan and strengthen Maryland’s proud thoroughbred horseracing tradition.”

 

-mjc-

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Selections for Saturday at Laurel Park; Derby Trail Stops at Gulfstream Park (FL) for Holy Bull Stakes

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Selections for Saturday at Laurel Park; Derby Trail Stops at Gulfstream Park (FL) for Holy Bull Stakes

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Gary Quill

On Saturday (Jan. 26th), ten potential Triple Crown nominees will run in the $400k Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream. Run at a distance of 1 1/16th miles, scheduled Post Time for this Derby point system event is 5:05pm (EST). The 4-5 Morning Line (M/L) favorite is #1 – Shanghai Bobby (Todd Pletcher trained; ridden by Rosie Napravnik). He’s a perfect 5-for-5 lifetime, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile which helped him earn the 2012 Eclipse award for 2-year-old champion.

This contest will be not cake walk for “Bobby” as the field includes a trio of graded stakes placed runners… #2 – Frac Daddy (8-1), second to Uncaptured in the G2 KY Jockey Club while #6- Dewey Square (12-1) was third; #4 – Bern Identity (4-1) second to Goldencents in the G3 Delta Jackpot. The Holy Bull Stakes marks the 3-year-old debut for these 3, “Bobby” and 3 others… #3 – Clearly Now (12-1) in from Woodbine for first natural dirt outing, #8 – Tulira Castle (30-1) and #9 – Fredericksburg (30-1) ran 1-2 in lone dirt efforts in a $75k N1X.The latter adds blinkers.

HOW I SEE IT: There is a ton of early speed in here. Bern Identity is the best of the few who can rate and come off the pace as he closed ground in the Delta Jackpot on a track that favored speed. Shanghai Bobby is definitely the most accomplished, but I doubt he’s cranked up for his 3-year-old debut. The ultimate goal is the Kentucky Derby, so he’ll probably get a bit weary in the final 16th of a mile, to salvage a minor share. Those who stand to continue to improve are Dewey Square and Itsmyluckyday.

THE PLAY: $10 WPS #4 and $2 Exacta Box 1-4-6

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Recapping the previously posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Jan. 19th had 6 winners from 9 races (but just 1 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) in part to a very “chalky” day, having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.20 (1st), $2.60 (2nd), $3.20 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $4.60 (7th) and $28.00 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (4 0-0-0) Classic Wildcat (9-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) simply put, “failed to menace”, finishing 7th of 8 runners. Enough said.

The LONGSHOT PICK (4 0-0-0) In God’s Country (7-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) after a slow start, raced 5 wide, could only muster a mild rally to finish 4th less than 3 lengths behind the winner.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Sunny skies with no chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Saturday Jan. 26th. Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#4 – Backdoor Strike (9-2)
#1 – Roccamo (4-5)
#6 – Top Partner (4-1)

2nd race – $15,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Fearsome (2-1)
#7 – Glib (5-2)
#4 – Rio Samba (12-1)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs
#8 – Avie (5-2)
#9 – Star Holiday (6-1)
#7 – Jersey Zapper (2-1)

4th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#1 – Awesome and Classy (6-1)
#3 – Tetherball (2-1)
#6 – Perfect Balance (5-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2X for 4 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#8 – Mister Dish (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#6 – Summer of Summers (8-1)
#7 – Granted Ruler (9-2)

6th race – $38,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. fillies – about 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Red Hot Tweet (5-2)
#3 – Dontstopmenow (7-2)
#5 – Everything Matters (7-2)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#12 – Gambine Road (5-1)
#10 – Dinos Romance (8-5)
#5 – Silver Endurance (10-1)

8th race – $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for F&M 4 y.o. & up – about 1 1/16 miles
#10 – Ciguaraya (5-1) *** BEST BET ***
#8 – Tanivan (12-1)
#1 – Moon Philly (9-5)

9th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs
#7 – Punta Sal (9-2)
#3 (POE) – Silver Prado (6-1)
#8 – Cinder Cone (5-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Selections and Sunshine Millions Promo at Laurel Park; Derby Trail Hits The Big Easy

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Gary Quill

Wear Orange and get in FREE! That’s how Laurel Park. is celebrating Florida’s Sunshine Millions Day being held at Gulfstream Park. Huh?! Both Laurel Park and Gulfstream Park are owned by The Stronach Group. Therefore, in an effort to boost attendance and handle at all Stronach Group owned tracks, the marketing department comes up with these type of promotions.

Even though the Saturday card at Gulfstream Park offers the most stakes races of any track on this day, a Derby prep race takes place at Fairgrounds in New Orleans. A Kentucky Derby prep race? In January? Oh yeah! Much like the NFL season is a 4 month (i.e. 17 week) marathon to decide what 12 of the 32 teams make it to the post-season, the road to the Kentucky Derby is eerily similar.

Four months prior to the Kentucky Derby (May 4th), the thousands of colts and fillies foaled in 2011 enter their 3-year-old “season”. In January, somewhere around 300-400 of them will be nominated to the Triple Crown series (Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes). Shortly thereafter, they begin their journey by running in the various prep races to see which ones are the best 20 who can gain a spot in the starting gate of the 139th Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday (Jan. 19th), nine potential Triple Crown nominees will run in the $200k Grade 3 LeComte Stakes at Fairgrounds. Run at a distance of 1 mile and 70 yards, scheduled Post Time for this Derby point system event is 5:55pm (EST). The 5-2 Morning Line (M/L) favorite is #6 – Avie’s Quality (Josie Carroll trained; ridden by Rosie Napravnik). This group of 9 appears to be a notch below the early top Derby contenders, has only 4 have run in a graded stakes race. They are… #3 – Fear the Kitten (8-1; 5th in G2 KY Jockey Cup), #4 – Oxbow (8-1; 4th in G1 Cash Call Futurity), #8 – Circle Unbroken (7-2; won G3 Bashford Manor) and #9 – Ive Struck a Nerve (12-1; 9th in G1 Del Mar Futurity).

HOW I SEE IT: There’s a good mix of early speed, tactical speed (i.e. Stalkers) and Closers. That is, no one will steal this race on the front end, which should step it up nicely for one of the off-the-pace runners. Expect (#3) Fear the Kitten to vastly improve in his first start for trainer Michael Maker, being able to take advantage of the Fairgrounds long stretch with his late kick. #1 – Malibu High (5-1) is a perfect 2-for-2 while sprinting but the stretch out should be no problem for this son of Malibu Moon. If any of the early speed has the ability to go gate-to-wire, it’s (#8) Circle Unbroken, making his first start since August in order recuperate from an injury.

THE PLAY: $10 WPS #3 and $2 Exacta Box 1-3-8

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Recapping the previously posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Jan. 12th had 7 winners from 9 races (but just 1 Top Selection; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) in part to a very “chalky” day, having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (2nd), $6.40 (3rd), $8.00 (4th), $4.20 (6th), $4.60 (7th) $3.40 (8th) and $7.20 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day(3 0-0-0) Greek Thunder (5-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) was bet down to the 2nd choice, but did not deliver the goods. Saved ground in the early stages, but when asked for his best entering the stretch, failed to make a serious bid, and settled for 4th a half of a length behind the SHOW horse.

The LONGSHOT PICK (3 0-0-0) Summer Court (12-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) outrun early, circled the field in 3 path and was outrun, missing a distant SHOW purse money by a length. Only the Superfecta bettors profited from her 4th place finish.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Sunny skies with no chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Saturday Jan. 19th. Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. – about 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Forever Gallant (4-1)
#4 – Cobbler’s Mark (6-5)
#5 – Dreaming of Jazz (7-2)

2nd race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Espiritu Libre (1-1)
#3 – Final Vinication (8-5)
#8 – Turini (10-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Peter’s Creek (5-2)
#6 – Speeding Spike (8-5)
#4 – Ready for Duty (6-1)

4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – about 1 1/16 miles
#9 – Being Frugal (9-2)
#1 – Fib (6-5) note: POE #1A – Purr and Prowl is SCRATCHED
#4 – Bullette (8-5)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming N2L for 4 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#1 – In God’s Country (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#2 – South in Dixie (4-1)
#3 – Kay One (20-1)

6th race – $14,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Classic Wildcat (9-2) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – It’s Never Too Late (3-1)
#8 – Lemon Juice (15-1)

7th race – $50,000 Opt. Claiming N1X for fillies 3 y.o. – about 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Marcellina d’Oro (5-2)
#4 – Hollywood Redhead (7-2)
#3 – Firenze Feeling (2-1)

8th race – $125,000 Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes for 3 y.o. – 7 furlongs
#9 – In the Fairway (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$ — SCRATCHED
#4 – Keep the Canoli (8-1)
#1 – Patrick S (5-1)
#7 – Saint Arbor (12-1)

9th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs
#7 – Go for Two (5-2)
#3 – Storm Catlilly (1-1)
#8 – Connor the Conch (6-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Maryland Horse Racing: The Mid-Atlantic Sleeper; Selections for Saturday at Laurel Park

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Gary Quill

In a recent Bloodhorse.com article by Tom LaMarra titled “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm (12)“, he makes an observation about thoroughbred racing in the state of Maryland, that many who cover this industry seem to ignore. That is, the quality of horse racing in the Free State will dramatically improve in 2013. Here’s an excerpt from the article…

One of the upsets of the year came in December when Maryland racing stakeholders announced a 10-year agreement on Thoroughbred racing dates, stabling, and capital improvements before the final week of month. … The previous two years there were doubts Laurel Park would open the first of year because of the lack of an agreement between horsemen and the Maryland Jockey Club. … Third time is the charm, I guess.

Maryland by the way, is the Mid-Atlantic sleeper. The two MJC tracks (Laurel and Pimlico) don’t have casino gambling but, through legislation, receive a cut that has quietly increased purses to about $250,000 a day, with more to come. … With excellent racing surfaces, good stabling, and a well-thought out schedule, Maryland will be the place to be. … I’m probably in the minority with that assessment but will stick by it, because the alternatives in the region pale in comparison and are far more about casino gambling than horse racing.

Thank you Mr. LaMarra for putting these facts in print, but wished you would have clarified that even though “The two MJC tracks don’t have casino gambling…”, the five (5) slots parlors in the state are gearing up to offer full-blown casino action (i.e. table games) in the latter part of 2013, thanks to a referendum passed by voters in the recent election.

This will keep the over $5 million in Marylander gambling funds in state, which is bad news for WV, DE and PA. Now that all Mid-Atlantic states that have racing are back on a level playing field, look for MD tracks to return to their glory days of pre-casino gambling.

Recapping the final posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Jan. 5th had just 4 winners from 9 races (3 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $15.40 (3rd), $8.00 (4th), $6.20 (6th), and $12.20 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day(2 0-0-0) Chac Mool (5-2 PT; 7-2 M/L) on paper was lone speed, but the race is never run on paper. A few yards out of the gate Chac Mool found himself not on lead, as the jock on #3 – Access Love (the longest shot in the field) decided to change tactics and go for the lead. Game Over for Chac Mool who used more energy than initially thought to simply stay ½ length behind the after 4 furlongs, and gave way in the final 1/8th.

The LONGSHOT PICK (2 0-0-0) Lady Outflanker (6-1 PT; 10-1 M/L) with a jock who had put her in contention early in previous races, let her lag far behind in this one, on a track that wasn’t being kind to deep closers. Though she made up quite a bit of ground in the stretch, she still only managed a 5th place finish.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Mostly Cloudy skies with just a 20% chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Saturday Jan. 12th. Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 7 furlongs
#9 – Summer Court (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Ipanema Bay (5-1)
#7 – Spring Date (4-1)

2nd race – $16,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Cowboy Cat (5-2) —- SCRATCHED
#6 – Video Storm (2-1)
#2 – Ronello (5-1)
#3 – Volastic (4-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#2 – Flipion (9-2)
#11 – In Hot Pursuit (3-1)
#8 – Joribe (10-1)

4th race – $10,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Harbor Fox (6-5)
#2 – Unicorn Girl (6-1)
#3 – World Gone Wrong (10-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 4 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs
#9 – Harry’s Our Hero (7-2)
#10 – Brad (5-2)
#7 – Current Design (3-1)

6th race – $18,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Manito (5-2)
#3 – Standup Comic (20-1)
#1 – Regal Revenge (8-5)

7th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 4 y.o. & up – about 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Greek Thunder (9-2) *** BEST BET ***
#6 – Brimstone island (2-1)
#4 – Field Pass (5-2)

8th race – $125,000 What A Summer Stakes for F&M 4 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Dance to Bristol (3-1)
#2 – Made to Love Her (5-1)
#8 – Bold Affair (6-5)

9th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#1 – Miss Moonshine (9-2)
#3 – My Cousin Zinny (4-1)
#7 – Petit Trianon (1-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Selections for Saturday races at Laurel Park; Road to the Derby starts at Santa Anita

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Selections for Saturday races at Laurel Park; Road to the Derby starts at Santa Anita

Posted on 04 January 2013 by Gary Quill

From the conclusion of the Breeders’ Cup during the first weekend in November through the end of the year, thoroughbred horse racings as far as national coverage goes into hibernation. With the new year, every horse turns a year older, and with that every owner who had a 2-year-old colt that showed promise in 2012 begins to dream of being at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for the Kentucky Derby.

Getting a 3-year-old into the starting gate for the Run for the Roses took on a new twist last Summer. The Churchill Downs Corporation formed a committee which developed a “point system” to determine the pecking order for entry to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. The committee designated specific races across the country as official Derby Preps in which horses earned points based on how they finished. Some races are worth more points than others.

Click HERE for the entire list of Derby “point system” races.

So for 2013, trainers needed to map out a plan for their 3-year-olds to insure they compete in the races that offer the valuable points versus the biggest purses.

With that being said, the first test in 2013 for 3-years-olds who may have Derby aspirations where they can earn valuable points for entry into the Derby is the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Though it only offers a $100,000 purse, it is a Derby “point system” race. Run a 1 mile on Saturday, Jan. 5th, a field of 6 is scheduled to go postward for the 3rd race at “The Great Race Place”.

The 4-5 Morning Line favorite is the Doug O’Neill trained (#2) Goldencents who won the G3 Delta Jackpot last November in his most recent start, in gate to wire fashion. In 3 career races, his only loss came at the hands of the BC Juvenile Champ, Shanghai Bobby. In the Sham, Goldencents won’t have it all his way on the front end as (#6) Manando will provide a stiff challenge for the lead early. If these two hook-up in a speed duel, you might see the longest shot on the board (#3) Greeley Awesome cross the wire first in a shocker, as he’s the only other runner who ran well in his only natural dirt surface career start.

Recapping the final posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Jan. 1st had 5 winners from 9 races (4 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $12.20 (1st race), strong>$3.20 (2nd), $3.40 (3rd), $10.60 (6th), and $5.20 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day(1 0-0-0) Summer Robin (7-2 PT; 4-1 M/L) had no excuse as he was placed in a nice stalking, was wide throughout the turn and never made up ground in the stretch, as anticipated. He earned the dubious but accurate comment “Even effort” for his 4th place finish.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 0-0-0) Malibu Creek (7-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) ran like she was up a creek without a paddle. Breaking slowly from the gate she got a good look at every one of her foes… the entire race. Using the angle of when a trainer (Michael Trombetta) has two separate runners in a race, play the horse ridden by the “go to” jock(Julian Pimentel) failed. The joke was on me as the other runner won at a short price, ridden by apprentice Trevor McCarthy (2 for 31 at Laurel Fall meet).

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls for Partly Cloudy skies with just a 10% chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Saturday Jan. 5th. Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#6 – Sixty Acres (8-1)
#1 – Amadorable (3-1) — SCRATCHED —
#4 – Turbo Tweaked (2-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming N1Y or N4L for F&M 4 y.o.and up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Three Ways Home (2-1)
#4 – Secret Life of Bea (15-1)
#7 – Impadoodle (7-5)

3rd race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o . – 7 furlongs
#7 – A Street (6-1)
#2 – Tamarindo (5-1)
#6 – Dubai Kingdom (10-1)

4th race – $35,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Rohirrim’s Pride (7-2)
#3 – Smileforthecamera (20-1)
#5 – Final Forest (15-1)

5th race – $7,500 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. OR N3L for 5 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#4 – Gagne (5-2)
#5 – Surrenderthemoney (9-2)
#2 – Changingoftheguard (9-5)

6th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Embraceable Win (3-1) — SCRATCHED —
#1/1A – Cat Wiesel / Orange’s Lil Sis (7-2)
#5 – Phi Beta Kaffa (8-1)

7th race – $10,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#8 – Chac Mool (7-2) *** BEST BET ***
#3 – No Shenanigans (3-1)
#1 – My Golden Opinion (5-2)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N4X for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Celtic Chant (5-1)
#7 – Exclusive Warrior (2-1)
#4 – Wild Rainbow (8-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#6 – Lady Outflanker (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#7 – Ketubah (2-1)
#3 – Full Motion (12-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Happy New Year: Selections for First Day of Racing in 2013 at Laurel Park

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Gary Quill

Should old acquaintance be forgot and GQ’s last Best Bet and Longshot of 2012,

Should old acquaintance be forgot in hopes that GQ will pick winners in 2013.

It’s a new year, every thoroughbred in the world is a year older and what better way to start 2013 then to take a stab at the New Year’s Day card at Laurel Park. There are 9 exciting chase scenes on tap, each having no less than 7 runners.

Recapping the final posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Dec. 29th had just 6 winners from 9 races (only 1 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $19.40 (1st race), $10.60 (2nd), $3.60 (3rd), $21.40 (7th), and $3.60 (9th).

Even though the day got off to a great start with a $124.60 Double payoff in the 2nd race followed by having the chalk on top in the 3rd, the day quickly headed south.

The BEST BET of the Day (13 5-1-2) D C Dancer (7-2 PT; 5-1 M/L) appeared to have a tough time getting going over the sloppy surface. He made a middle move but never got into contention and was not asked for his best as the jock recognized it wasn’t going to be his day, as he was 5th under the wire.

The LONGSHOT PICK (11 3-0-0) Laurie’s Choice (7-2 PT; 10-1 M/L) took a lot of action early in the wagering as she opened at 2-1. It seems that many others took note of the fact she had never been off-the-board (OTB) in 5 lifetime outings over an Off Track. That was until this race. On paper she was the only early speed in the race, but the jock on #2 (Senteya) decided to push his mount early. All that maneuver did was kill both Laurie’s Choice and Senteya, as both faltered after at the ¼ pole, finishing next the last (6th) and last (7th), respectively.

The end of 2012 brought the Laurel Park Fall Meet to a close, as well as finalizing GQ’s BEST BET and Longshot Plays record. Both took a hit in the last two postings of 2012 as neither hit the board. Still, a strong start helped the BEST BET realize 5 winners (38%) with 8 finishing in-the-money (61%) from 13 selections. Due to a few scratches, the LONGSHOT pick was in play 11 times resulting in 3 winners (27%).

For New Year’s Day races the weather forecast calls for Cloudy skies with just a 10% chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Tuesday Jan. 1st . Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies 3 y.o . – 1 mile
#4 – French Mistress (2-1)
#2 – Bwana Miss (9-5)
#1 – Brahms Bracelet (20-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming N2L for 4 y.o.and up – 6 furlongs
#2 – Kincaid (5-2)
#8 – Notable Player (9-5)
#5 – Never Stop Looking (3-1) — SCRATCHED —
#7 – Lacrosse Moon (12-1)

3rd race – $12,500 Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#3 – No More Fives (9-5)
#8 – Sing the Blues (15-1)
#5 – Shirts and Shoes (5-1)

4th race – $35,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 1 mile
#7 – Malibu Creek (12-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#5 – Queen Concerto (3-1)
#3 – Cypress Isle (6-1) — SCRATCHED —
#1 – Donttangowithmango (9-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#9 – I’vegotadate (9-5)
#5 – Lil Cyd (20-1)
#4 – Brightlingsea (3-1)

6th race – $10,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. and up – about 1 1/16 miles
#8 – Seguro (9-2)
#6 – Tisnow Julie (10-1)
#2 – Jax Maxx (5-1)

7th race – $7,500 Claiming for 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#8 – Summer Robin (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#3 – Cat in Motion (6-1)
#9 – Spanish Officer (3-1)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for fillies 3 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#5 – Sea Lady (5-1)
#1A – Sky Given (9-2)
#3 – Heart of Rome (3-1)

9th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 4 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#9 – Beaureal (10-1) — SCRATCHED —
#4 – Peaceadaaction (2-1)
#6 – Call the Natives (30-1)
#1 – Three O’Clock Rock (7-2)

GOOD LUCK!

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