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Cure For Your O’s Hangover: A Day at Lovely Laurel Park

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Cure For Your O’s Hangover: A Day at Lovely Laurel Park

Posted on 12 October 2012 by Gary Quill

Last Saturday was a beautiful autumn day to spend at Laurel Park to celebrate Maryland thoroughbred horse racing… weather-wise. Now if you sat down and reviewed my selections for the Maryland Million Day 11 race card, the gambling term the comes to mind that is often used in a winter forecast would be “ice cold”.

My prognostications were so bad, it reminded me of one of the biggest gaffs in journalism history…
Dewey Beats Truman

In today’s society, my performance would be labeled an, “Epic Fail”. Recapping this brilliant performance at Laurel Park from Saturday, October 6th had just 5 winners from 11 races (0 Top Selections) having paltry $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.40 (2nd race), $2.40 (4th), $5.20 (5th), $2.80 (6th), and $9.40 (10th).

The BEST BET of the Day (5 2-1-1) turned into a no play as Gin Sweep was a scratch.

The LONGSHOT PICK (6 2-0-0) was sent-off at odds of 12-1, didn’t get much pace to run at late, angled 5 wide entering the stretch, was game in the stretch but wasn’t fastest enough to hit the board, finishing 4th, but just over 2 lengths behind the 2-5 winner Ben’s Cat.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with 0% chance of precipitation so there should be a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Oct. 13th are posted below. Selections 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 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Lil’ Master Mason (3-1)
#4 – Succinct (5-2)
#8 – Don’t Rock Me (8-1)

2nd race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#4 – Lastcallfordisco (4-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1/1A – Awesome Mitch / A Fleet Spirit (2-1)
#6 – Zarroc (7-2)

3rd race – $38,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#12 – Bajan Rhythm (5-2)
#7 – Bee Rapid (9-2)
#5 – Greatful Nation (8-1)

4th race –$16,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#1 – Yankee Mickey (4-5)
#7 – The French Bear (15-1)
#2 – Some Way Some How (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#6 – Silent Tale (7-2)
#7 – Gottalovethedrake (7-2)
#3 – Crow Bar (20-1)

6th race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#9 – She Is a Lioness (4-1)
#8 – Dottie’s a Hottie (7-5)
#5 – Smoky Opal (6-1)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 miles on Turf
#9 – Sharp Numbers (3-1)
#4 – Skiffs Brewmeister (6-1)
#1 – Prince Togiak (8-1)

8th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#3 – Calocagathia (4-1)
#7 – Missteria (10-1)
#1 – Run Mommy Run (9-5)

9th race – $7,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#8 – Tommy V M (6-1)
#2 – Empedrado (8-1)
#6 – Pursuit Of Honor (3-1)

10th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 mile on Turf
#12 – Nokaze (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#2 – Isla (5-2)
#4 – Youcancountonme (12-1)

11th race – $7,500 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#8 – Emma’s Kiss (8-5)
#13 – Fancy Footsteps (8-1)
#2 – Ms Diller (4-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Not Aboard claims Maryland Million Classic

Posted on 07 October 2012 by WNST Staff

NOT ABROAD TRIUMPHS IN MARYLAND MILLION CLASSIC 

LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12—Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out the clear leader and drew off to win the $150,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Million is the most important racing day at Laurel Park with 11 races for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1.05 million. The 27th annual event drew a crowd of 18,420 on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Petro’s brother Michael, Not Abroad is owned by Tim Cunningham and is a son of the Maryland stallion Not For Love. Regal Warrior, who led from the start, held for second while Tujoes rallied to finish third. The also-rans were Cactus Charlie (4th), defending champion Eighttofasttocatch (5th) and In the Juice (6th).

“I was happy with his performance,” said jockey Petro. “Real early we got stuck on the inside and I wasn’t happy with my spot. But we got closer and closer and everything worked out. We figured there would be a few horses outside of us with speed so we went in thinking, ‘sit’. We did and it worked out great when it was time to go. He was good. Real good.”

Not Abroad finished second in the Classic two years ago and was third last year.

“We had been in this race the last several years,” said trainer Petro. “We felt coming in today that we had a very good chance to win. He has been doing very well lately and we looked forward to this race. We had a great race and at the 3/8th’s pole everything opened up for us. My brother ran a very good race.”

This was his second stakes win of the year for Not Abroad after capturing the Jim French Memorial at Delaware in May. Not Abroad is an eight time winner from thirty-two starts and a winner of over $600,000.

Not Abroad paid $9.40. The exacta returned $63.80 and the triple paid $444.10.

Julian Pimentel (jockey, Regal Warrior-2nd) said, “He broke good. No problems. He tried hard we just ran into a better horse, I guess. Just couldn’t keep up down the lane with the winner.”

Angel Arroyo (jockey, Tujoes-3rd) said, “Good trip. Everything was fine. The horse finished up well.”

Shannon Uske (jockey, Cactus Charlie- 4th) said, “We were in a nice spot. He just didn’t fire down the lane. We had the trip we wanted. He just didn’t have the kick like we thought he would.”

Sheldon Russell (jockey, Eighttofasttocatch-5th) said, “I was happy with the trip but disappointed when I asked him to pick it up at the half-mile pole. We were struggling and he never got comfortable today. It was not our day.”

Tim Keefe (trainer, (jockey, Eighttofasttocatch-5th) said, “I am disappointed, obviously. I thought I had everything going in the right direction with him and said earlier in the week if he gets beat it would be by a better horse. Unfortunately he got beat by four better horses. I thought he would run a great race today. This was uncharacteristic of him.”

Wesley Ho (jockey, In The Juice-6th) said, “He tried hard but he got tired at the end.”

Introduced in 1986, the Maryland Million has been duplicated by more than 20 other states. Hall of Fame TV Broadcaster Jim McKay originally proposed the Maryland Million concept and remained the Chairman of the Board until his death on June 7, 2008.

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Do You Gamble or Invest?! Would you support Exchange Wagering? Plus, Laurel Park Picks for Saturday

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Do You Gamble or Invest?! Would you support Exchange Wagering? Plus, Laurel Park Picks for Saturday

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Gary Quill

A recent Blood-Horse.com article proclaimed the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) gave initial approval for Exchange Wagering. Currently, there are only two U.S. states that have passed legislation authorizing exchange wagering on the ponies: New Jersey and California. It would be nice to see similar legislation get introduced in “The Land of Pleasant Living” (aka Maryland).

What is Exchange Wagering? “A form of pari-mutuel wagering in which two or more persons place identically opposing wagers in a given market.”

Gasp! You mean the horse racing industry wants to provide more ways for people to gamble way their hard earned money?!

Let’s not kid ourselves. Every working person gambles. Not I you say?! Do you have an IRA, 401k, 403b or individual investment account? If you said “YES”, then you gamble, because those accounts are filled with stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds. All which are “traded” between two or more parties. One would argue that when the stock market is involved, that’s investing, not gambling.

According to the Encarta Dictionary (via Bill Gates’ Microsoft Word)…

Gamble: to play games such as poker or roulette that involve risking money, or bet on horse races or other events, in the hope of winning money.

Invest: to use money to buy or participate in a business enterprise that offers the possibility of profit, especially by buying stocks or bonds.

So when you “invest”, doesn’t that involve risking money? Conversely, when you “gamble”, aren’t you doing so for the possibility of profit? So can we agree that we’re talking semantics here?! Invest… Gamble… it’s the same!

Stock Exchange floor Simulcast Lounge

Here is a step-by-step walk through the execution of a simple trade on the NYSE.

1. You tell your broker to buy 100 shares of Acme Kumquats at market.

2. Your broker’s order department sends the order to their floor clerk on the exchange.

3. The floor clerk alerts one of the firm’s floor traders who finds another floor trader willing to sell 100 shares of Acme Kumquats. This is easier than is sounds, because the floor trader knows which floor traders make markets in particular stocks.

4. The two agree on a price and complete the deal. The notification process goes back up the line and your broker calls you back with the final price. The process may take a few minutes or longer depending on the stock and the market. A few days later, you will receive the confirmation notice in the mail.

Now let’s explore a step-by-step scenario for Exchange Wagering at the race track…

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1. You tell the pari-mutuel clerk you are interested in placing a $100 WIN on #3 (let’s call the horse Acme Kumquats) in the 1st race at Laurel Park. The current betting odds on #3 is 9-5, but you want 5-2 or higher before you “invest”.

2. The pari-mutuel clerk contacts the Exchanging Wagering supervisor assigned to those betting windows and he/she relays the request to their clerk in the Exchanging Wagering department.

3. The clerk enters the request into the track Exchange Wagering system, which scans for “sellers” who are willing to give 5-2 odds or more on #3 (Acme Kumquats). That is, a patron who does not think #3 will win and wants to entice anyone who thinks #3 can win, to make the (exchange) wager with him/her at more attractive odds than what they would get by simply making a $100 WIN wager.

4. A match is found and to complete the deal, the “buyer” puts up $100 in hopes earning a $250 profit (i.e. 5-2) if #3 wins, while the “seller” puts up $250 for a $100 ROI as long as #3 does not win the race. The notification process goes back up the line and you receive a confirm ticket having the details. The process may take a few minutes or longer depending on the track. A few minutes later, you will either cash your ticket for $350 or tear it up and throw it in the trash, as the “seller” cashes his/her ticket for a $100 profit.

Exchanging Wagering can be another shot in the arm to the Maryland horse racing and breeding industry, just as the small percentage curretnly received from slots revenue.

Recapping Laurel Park selections from Saturday, September 22nd had just 5 winners from 11 races (2 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $4.20 (2nd race), $8.20 (3rd), $7.60 (5th), $6.00 (8th), and $10.60 (10th).

The BEST BET of the Day (4 2-1-0) was nearly ignored at the betting windows, probably due to Jessica Rice, a seldom used jockey in Maryland, but she recognized the lack of other speed in this field, sprinted to the lead and held on gamely to win, providing her backers a handsome return of $8.20 to WIN, $4.40 to PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (4 1-0-0) did a great impersonation of a turtle, moving oh so slowly early and did not finish the race. Something obviously went awry as he took action at the betting windows, being sent off 6-1, down from a 15-1 M/L.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with just a 10% chance of showers, so I’m anticipating a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 29th are posted below. Selections 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 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Love Hero (5-2)
#4 – Sandhurst (9-2)
#6 – Flattering (8-5)

2nd race – $15,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#6 – Changinoftheguard (5-2)
#2 – Gina’s Propspect (2-1)
#4 – Gagne (7-2)

3rd race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies/mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#10 – Great Motion (4-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#9 – All Mettle (5-2)
#4– Monster Sleeping (5-1)

4th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Petie’s Boy (3-1)
#4 – Cobbler’s Mark (3-1)
#6 – Proud Trick (5-2)

5th race – $38,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ f on TURF
#12 – Ephyra (5-1)
#13 – Chelsea Road (3-1)
#5 – Smart N Smokin (20-1)

6th race – $10,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#7 – Culpepper Colonel (2-1)
#4 – Aviation Show (9-5)
#8 – Scrap Dragon (5-2)

7th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile on TURF
#8 – No Delay (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#4 – Backdoor Strike (8-5)
#1 – Grand Manan (6-1)

8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 3 y.o.and up – 7 furlongs
#1 – Grain (9-2)
#6 – Talented Whiz (9-5)
#5 – Tiz Bobby (2-1)

9th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#5 – Roxbury Rocket (4-1)
#6 – Greedy Daughter (2-1)
#7 – Merryland Moon (5-2)

10th race – $40,000 Alw N1X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile on TURF
#5 – Thunderous Lady (7-5)
#4 – Tell Me Everything (5-1)
#10 – Lucky Holly (15-1)

11th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#3 – Put It On Me (5-1)
#5 – Plowshare (6-1)
#6 – Daba Daba Dew (15-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Laurel Park Saturday selections; An alternative to your typical Haunted Halloween plans

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Laurel Park Saturday selections; An alternative to your typical Haunted Halloween plans

Posted on 22 September 2012 by Gary Quill

So what has been your typical Halloween night activities Strolling your neighborhood with your young ones as they beg for candy from your neighbors who you rarely even look up to to say “HI” to any other time during the year? Or do you drive your teenagers to the local haunted house or hayride? Or maybe you visit your favorite watering hole, dress-up as a character from one of your hidden fantasies?

Well the Maryland Jockey Club decided to host a Halloween Bash on the grounds of Laurel Park, referred to as “The Track of Terror”. Taking place on Friday, October 26th, this 21-and-over party is presented by Sam Adams Octoberfest and will feature a DJ dance party, $3.00 16 oz beers and of course – the most horrifying haunts in the region.

Ensuring that the Sam Adams “Track of Terror” Halloween Bash is top-flight, the Maryland Jockey Club has again partnered with Jeff Keiling of Brite Ideas to transform century old Laurel Park into what promises to be the most extravagant and memorable haunted house in the region. Mr. Keiling is a renowned House of Horror creator and brings over 13 years of experience from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Washington, DC.
“Last year’s event was off the charts,” Keiling said. “But even for the thousands who showed up last year, they won’t believe what we have in store for 2012.”

Aside from DJ music, dancing and the “House of Terror,” the event will feature premium beverages and appetizers and big prize giveaways for best costumes.

The party will kick into gear at 8 p.m. and last until 1 a.m., with taxi services on site from 11-1. Ticket prices are $25 ($30 at the door) and include unlimited entry into the haunted house and automatic entry into the costume contests, with food and beverage specials available. Conveniently located between both Baltimore and D.C., Laurel Park is a simple 25-minute drive from both major cities.

Recapping Laurel Park selections from Saturday, September 15th had 8 winners from 11 races (4 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $3.40 (1st race), $3.40 (2nd), $19.80 (3rd), $5.60 (4th), $9.40 (6th), $5.00 (8th), $3.80 (9th), and $3.60 (11th).

The BEST BET of the Day (3 1-1-0) made his 2 y.o. racing debut as the 1-1 betting favorite but failed to deliver a victory, being 2nd best as his jock had to urge him most of the way to get that, returning $2.80 to PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (3 1-0-0) got no respect at the betting windows, going off 8-1, up from his 6-1 M/L, but took advantage of a field loaded with early speed, and closed resolutely to get up in the final strides for the victory to pay $19.80 to WIN, $7.00 to PLACE and $4.60 to SHOW.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with a 50% chance of showers, but those may hold off until late afternoon. So with that in mind, selections were made anticipating a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 22nd will be posted here on Saturday morning.

Selections 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 2 y.o. – 5½ furlongs
#7 – Cuidado Hermano (3-1)
#5 – Prince Conner (10-1)
#4 – Flattering (10-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Pretty Witty (4-5)
#4 – Brightcopperkettle (3-1)
#7 – Ottauquechee (10-1)

3rd race – $38,000 Maidens for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ f on TURF
#5 – Make Em See Red (7-2) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#10 – Chanterelle (9-2)
#7– Clean Heir (4-1)

4th race – $18,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Elexagente (4-1)
#3 – Crowder (5-2)
#7 – Joribe (8-5)

5th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#3 – Saintly Love (4-1)
#16 – Don’twait Toolong (7-5) SCRATCHED
#4 – Follow the Leader (8-5)

6th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 6 furlongs
#7 – Bucaramanga (8-1)
#2 – Craftwell’s Belle (8-1)
#4 – Vielsalm (7-2)

7th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#9 – Ever So Lucky (9-5)
#2 – Cherokee Artist (10-1)
#1 – Mr. Handsome (8-1)

8th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o.and up – 5½ furlongs
#12 – Inspeight (5-1)
#11 – Diner Gal (15-1)
#1 – Riley’s Rampage (5-2)

9th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#4 – She’s All Scat (3-1)
#5 – Edolie (2-1)
#8 – Heart of Rome (10-1)

10th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#11 – Sky Above (9-5)
#1 – Speightful Kiss (8-1)
#7 – Monteagle (12-1)

11th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#3 – Buffy (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#5 – Kind Hearted Woman (7-2)
#6 – Imsobold (10-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Mario Pino grabs 6,470th career victory; Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

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Mario Pino grabs 6,470th career victory; Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

Posted on 14 September 2012 by Gary Quill

The Mario Pino, push towards #10 on the all-time winningest jockey list continued this week, slowly but surely. In the nightcap (8th race) on Friday evening at Presque Isle Downs, Mario guided For the Effect to victory, recording his 6,470th career win to tie Earlie Fires for 10th.

On Saturday, Pino will attempt to grab sole possession of 10th place as he has five (5) mounts at Presque Isle Downs.

Recapping Laurel Park selections from Saturday, September 8th had 6 winners (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $5.40 (1st race), $6.00 (3rd), $6.00 (5th), $5.20 (6th), $6.20 (9th), and $9.40 (11th), as the rains came and turned the track sloppy for the final four (4) races on the card.

The BEST BET of the Day (2 1-0-0) cannot blame the sloppy track for the less than stellar showing by Adirondack King as the 3.40-1 3rd betting choice. He’s handled an off track in the past, but in here was wide, dropped back then rallied, only good enough for 4th, 3¼ lengths behind the winner.

The LONGSHOT PICK (2 0-0-0) got early support in the wagering, which usually is a good sign, but the trainer must have forgotten to tell his runner (Stone Maiden). She chased the odds on favorite and eventual winner through the first few panels, but was no match and tired to finish 6th.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with just 20% chance of precipitation which should result in a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 15th posted below are after early scratches were announced.

Selections 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 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#3 – Aviation Show (8-5)
#7 – Pounce Into Spring (10-1)
#2 – Cu Soonerthanlater (5-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – About 1 1/16 miles
#4 – Tappintovictory (9-5)
#3 – Albrecht (3-1)
#1 – Smiling Jordan (5-2)

3rd race – $7,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#4 – Unbridled Music (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#8 – Zurs (20-1)
#6– Zagarello (20-1)

4th race – $18,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#1/1A – See I A / Graysonia (2-1)
#4 – Access Love (4-1)
#5 – Bellissima Luna (5-2)

5th race – $25,000 Opt. Clm N2X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#10 – Magical Merry (5-1)
#4 – Officer’s Holiday (20-1)
#1 – High Cry (3-1)

6th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Heat Press (4-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#5 – Love’s Not Fair (5-1)
#2 – Lunar Rock (3-1)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#8 – Simple Exchange (7-5)
#4 – Lucky Holly (8-1)
#1 – Calliope (12-1)

8th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#8 – Perilous Indian (5-1)
#6 – Indian Bucks (3-1)
#7 – D C Dancer (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 7f
#7 – Namaskara (7-2)
#1 – Brushed by Love (9-2)
#8 – Hurricane Girl (1-1)

10th race – $100,000 All Brandy Stakes for MD-bred fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 miles on TURF
#3 – Baltimore Belle (9-5)
#5 – Dream Louise (6-1)
#9 – Cross Mountain (20-1)

11th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. fillies – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#3 – There Hearts (2-1)
#1 – Shirts and Shoes (8-1)
#2 – Being Frugal (10-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Laurel Park Virtual Finish Line, Saturday Selections and Mario Pino close to being a “10”

Posted on 07 September 2012 by Gary Quill

For those who enjoy watching the races from lovely Laurel Park via HRTV or favorite online wagering website, you will see something new in the stretch to the Finish Line…. graphics. Much like the graphics you see during any football telecast that shows the first down yard marker and what down and yards to go, the Laurel Park simulcast feed to hundreds of outlets all over the globe will show a virtual Finish Line as well as distances to the wire during the stretch run.

The technology was developed by International Sound Corporation in conjunction with a third-party vendor. “It is similar to the first down marker in football but takes it one step further in the world of virtual advertising,” said International Sound executive vice-president Joe Gordon. “The advertising opportunities are unlimited. Having the ability to see your company’s logo during the race as the masses watch is better than running a commercial 15 minutes before the race. The tool is used in South America for soccer and is extremely successful.”

Mario Pino, was born on September 8, 1961, in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He won his first race on January 16, 1979, at the now defunct Bowie Race Course aboard Ed’s Desire. Over 33 years and 6,466 victories later, Pino sits at #11 on the all-time win list for thoroughbred jockeys in North America. A milestone he reached just 3 weeks ago when he won his 6,451st race aboard Came Acorkin at Presque Isle Downs (Erie, PA) on August 25th, surpassing Hall oF Fame rider, Sandy Hawley.

Being #11 is a nice, but the ultimate goal for Mario has been to be #10. That honor is currently held by Earlie Fires with 6,470 victories. Prior to Friday races, Pino sits just 4 career victories shy of #6471 to take his place as the 10th winningest jock of all-time. Having five (5) mounts on the Presque Isle Downs Friday evening card, he might get to #10 then, but what a 52nd birthday present it would be, if he could get win #6471 on Saturday, where he’ll have 8 tries to do it. Next stop for Mario… the Hall Of Fame!

UPDATED: On Friday evening Pino failed to get to the Winners’ Circle. So he remains 3 victories from tying (4 victories for sole possession) of 10th.

Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections only for Saturday race days. The weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, which should result in a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF.

Recapping Opening Day Laurel Park selections from Wednesday, September 5th had 7 winners (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $30.00 (1st race), $3.00 (2nd), $7.20 (4th), $10.00 (5th), $3.80 (7th), $4.20 (8th), and $12.00 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (1 1-0-0) got hammered at the betting windows early and often, opening up at 2-5 (down from 2-1 M/L), went off 4-5 favorite, and did not disappoint, winning by 2 lengths to return $3.80 to WIN $2.60 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 0-0-0) did not get much love early in the betting but did go off 8-1, down from his 12-1 M/L, but was no factor. Usually eager to get the early lead, he failed to get it even against rivals void of early speed, which had me tearing up pari-mutuel tickets before the field turned for home in this 5 furlong event. It was a slow death as he stalked the leader then threw in the towel with a furlong to run, finishing an uneventful 6th.

Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 8th card are posted below. Due to a prior committment, no updates after scratches will be made. Therefore, a couple Also-Eligibles (AE) are among my selections, along with a alternate pick in case the AE or 1 any other pick from that race gets scratched.

Selections 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 fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Malibu Fever (6-1)
#5 – Fancy Attitude (7-5)
#1/1A – Seekthe Wildlight / Yoshi’s Cat (8-5)

2nd race – $15,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Medieval Cat (5-2)
#5 – Great Motion (3-1)
#3 – Marataya’s Tune (9-2)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Broadruns Jewell (5-1)
#8 – Marry Me Do (5-2)
#3– Hero’s Notion (6-1)

4th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#8 – No Peeking (7-2)
#6 – Gold Lark (8-1)
#4 – Imsobold (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#4 – Fearsome (7-2)
#12 (AE) – Public Secret (9-2)
#6 – Gottalovethedrake (10-1)
#9 – Pursuit Of Honor (7-2) — if #12 – Public Secret does not get in off AE List

6th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#8 – Stone Maiden (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#7 – Let’s Get Lucky (2-1)
#6 – Tutu’s Angel (9-2)

7th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#10 – Backyard Boogie (6-1)
#12 – My Crazy Livi (4-1)
#2 – Touring Hong Kong (6-1)

8th race – $15,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#6 – Outbacker (9-2)
#9 – Who Dat Boy (3-1)
#8 – Citizen Kat (2-1)

9th race – $32,000 Optional Claiming N3X for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Adirondack King (6-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – Regal Solo (3-1)
#4 – Streetsofbrooklyn (5-1)

10th race – $125,000 Japan Racing Assn. Stk 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#8 – Paris Vegas (12-1)
#5 – London Lane (10-1)
#4 – Tonto Fontenot (5-1)

11th race – $38,000 Maidens for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#1 – Ladida (6-1)
#11 (AE) – Citi Point (4-1)
#4 – Fridays Gift (5-1)
#7 – Coco Punch (12-1) — if #11 – Citi Point does not get in off AE List

GOOD LUCK!

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Laurel Park opens Wednesday with FREE Admission and Live Racing Program

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Laurel Park opens Wednesday with FREE Admission and Live Racing Program

Posted on 04 September 2012 by Gary Quill

Remnants of Hurricane Isaac streaked across the Timonium Fair Grounds just before call to the post for the final race of the meeting Monday afternoon, necessitating officials to cancel the race and end the program.

The 2012 meeting ended with a tie for training honors between Jamie Ness and Hugh McMahon. Both saddled five winners over the seven days of the stand. McMahon won a trainer’s bonus of $4,000 with points based on 1-2-3 finishers and number of starters. Ness ($3,000) finished second in the chase for the trainer’s bonus, while Charles Frock ($2,000) took third and Dale Capuano ($1,000) was fourth.

Travis Dunkelberger led the jockey standings with ten (10) winners, three more than Jonathan Joyce.

The 17-week (69 racing days) Laurel Park fall meeting begins Wednesday afternoon with a nine-race card, headlined by the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. The 6-furlong test, scheduled for the turf, drew a full field of 11 plus an also-eligible runner. First post is 1:10 p.m.

Opening day features free admission, a complimentary live program and $2 draft beers. Laurel will make extensive use of its turf course during the fall and plans to revive its 50-cent Jackpot Pick 5, which did well during a trial run this spring at Pimlico. Thanks to an influx of revenue from slot machines in Maryland, Laurel’s overnight purses will now average $240,000, up from $185,000 last year.

Recapping Closing Day (Monday 3rd) selections at the Maryland State Fair (Timonium) Meet had 7 winners (5 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $21.20 (1st race), $4.00 (2nd), $4.00 (3rd), $5.00 (4th), $11.60 (6th), $5.00 (7th) and $5.20 (8th).

The Best Bet was sent off the 3-2 2nd betting choice, quickly sprinted out to a clear lead and then coasted home to a 4 length victory returning $5.00 to WIN, $2.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 6 Timonium selections: 3 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW.

The Longshot Pick went off 6-1 and was never able to get involved with the early leaders, and simply chased his rivals in the 4 furlong dash to finish 4th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 6 Timonium selections: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day #4 – Grandanna who also happened to be the BEST BET of the day won with authority but unfortunately a couple scratches cut the field down to 6, and with the 1-1 favorite running 2nd, the SHOW price payout was short ($2.20). So having $74 invested in the SHOW Parlay wager, the 10% ROI netted $7.40, increasing the final bankroll to $82.30 from the initial $40 investment over 6 days of racing (as one card was cancelled after the 3rd race).

Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections only for Saturday race days. But one cannot resist capping an Opening Day card… even though the weather forecast may cause havoc with those races scheduled to be run on the turf. Selections for the Opening Day at Laurel Park, Wednesday, Sept. 5th posted below and on e-ponies.com are AFTER SCRATCHES were announced.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Black Seal (5-2)
#7 – Yield At The Bull (8-1)
#6 – Joribe (8-5)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Poni Colada (7-5)
#4 – Blue Code (3-1)
#7 – Lusterdust (8-1)

3rd race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#13 (AE) – Sacred Soul **** SCRATCHED *****
#5 – Pick Four (3-1)
#8– Unbridled Music (15-1)

4th race – $15,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#8 – Straight Talk (2-1)
#4 – Black Bullet (7-2)
#2 – Furman Bisher (15-1)

5th race – $40,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#8 – Change Of Command (9-5)
#3 – Saintly Love (6-1)
#7 – Colonel Bill (3-1)

6th race – $7,500 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#6 – Threeanddonedan (12-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#2 – Mr. Time To Go (4-1)
#5 – Billy Chapel (7-2)

7th race – $38,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#10 – Warrant (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#2 – Backdoor Strike (12-1)
#3 – No Delay (15-1)

8th race – $100,000 Jameela Stakes for MD bred fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6f
#1 – Jazzy Idea (2-1)
#4 – Carol’s Love (8-1)
#11 – Bold Affair (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#1 – Be Bop a Lula (5-2)
#9 – Rockfast (10-1)
#6 – Turnagain Bay (15-1)

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Timonium Closing Day Selections at Maryland State Fair; Laurel Park opens on Wednesday

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Timonium Closing Day Selections at Maryland State Fair; Laurel Park opens on Wednesday

Posted on 02 September 2012 by Gary Quill

Closing Day of the Maryland State Fair on Monday not only means the end to the annual 7 days of live racing, but no more racing in the Baltimore metro area until Spring of 2013, when Pimlico opens for their couple dozen or so days leading up to the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes (May 18th).

On Wednesday (Sept. 5th) Laurel Park opens with live racing scheduled every Wednesday thru Saturday, with two exceptions. Live racing will be conducted on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) instead of Wednesday, October 10th. And to take advantage of the fact many fans who take time off between Christmas Day and New Years Day, live racing will be held Monday, December 31st to bring the fall meet and 2012 to a close.

The Maryland Jockey Club will host more stakes races for higher purses this fall at Laurel Park, boosted by additional revenue from state casinos. The race course will host 32 stakes races over 69 days — for a total of five more races than it hosted last autumn. At least half of the prize money in stakes races come from the owners of the horses entered. Stakes races usually attract higher purse values.

The average daily purse at Laurel Park will also increase this fall. The average purse will bring in $240,000, up from $210,000 last year. The $30,000 increase is due mainly to revenue from slot machines in the state, the Maryland Jockey Club said.

The fall meet concludes on December 31st, which is highlighted by the 27th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day on Oct. 6th.

Recapping Day 6 (Sunday 2nd) selections at the Maryland State Fair (Timonium) Meet had 7 winners (4 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $4.80 (1st race), $3.60 (2nd), $14.80 (3rd), $4.00 (5th), $6.00 (7th), $4.40 (9th) and $5.00 (10th).

The Best Bet was sent off the 3-1 3rd betting choice, took the early lead and held it until weakening the final furlong, to salvage 3rd, returning $2.60 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 5 Timonium selections: 2 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW.

The Longshot Pick won “from Go to Whoa” in dominating fashion, but either the word was out on him OR there are plenty of my readers who took my advise. I like to think the latter, but I doubt that is why the Longshot pick was bet down to the 1-1 favorite and only returned $4.00 to WIN, $2.80 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.
Longshot pick scorecard from 5 Timonium selections: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 1 SHOW

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day took the early lead and never looked back, even though the rains held off and the track was fast, scoring the victory as the 3-2 2nd choice, paying $5.00 to WIN and $2.60 to PLACE but the $2.40 to SHOW helped increase the SHOW Parlay bankroll by $12.40 to bring the bankroll total to $74.90 so we can “Let It Ride” on Closing Day of the Maryland State Fair.

For Maryland State Fair Closing Day of the meet at Timonium, (Monday, September 3rd) posted below reflect early scratches.

1st race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#5 – Money Drive (3-1)
#1 – Cross Rd Rocketman (7-5)
#3 – Absolute Russian (15-1)

2nd race – $4,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#3 – B L’s Noise (2-1) SCRATCHED
#8 – Big Champ (7-2)
#7 – Am So Happy (7-2)

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#6 – American Spice (5-2)
#2 – Riley’s Rampage (2-1)
#1 – Stormy Combo (3-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 mile
#1 – Wingo Star (2-1)
#2 – Red Thorn (8-5) SCRATCHED
#5 – Mo’s Bro (6-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Airstream Driver (7-2)
#4 – High Gross (5-1)
#8 – Flankers Flag (4-1)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Faro Moro (9-2) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#4 – Private Person (3-1)
#3 – Love Those Cds (4-1)

7th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#4 – Grandanna (5-2) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – You’re Kinda Neat (5-1)
#6 – Whatsnottolike (2-1)

8th race – $27,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Wolfcamp (5-2)
#1/1A – Talented Whiz / College Grad (2-1)
#2 – Silent Tap (5-1)

9th race – $27,000 Allowance N1X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#2 – Dazzling Display (7-2)
#7 – Give You Glory (5-1)
#4 – Love Like Ours (4-1)

10th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#4 – Dear Rachel (9-5)
#10 – Coc Delite (30-1)
#6 – One Dancing Chic (4-1) SCRATCHED

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $74.90 ($62.50 bankroll – $62 wagered + $74.40 returned)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $74 on #4 Grandanna (7th race; 5-2) is M/L 2nd choice in a field of 7, has never been off the board in 6 tries at today’s distance. If the track comes up sloppy, her chances should increase as she’s 1 for 1 on an off track, while earning a career best Brisnet Speed figure to boot.

Hopefully Mother Nature will allow the sun to shine brightly on the final day of live racing at the State Fair, so enjoy the exciting chase scenes Maryland thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!

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Slots Revenue Helps Laurel Park Fall Meet Schedule Increase Number Of Stakes Races And Richer Purses

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Gary Quill

LAUREL, MD. 07-17-12—The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) unveiled the 2012 Laurel Park fall schedule on Tuesday 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 hours earlier at its monthly meeting.

After a 15-week break, which will include seven (7) live days of racing at Timonium during the State Fair in late August and early September, live racing will resume at the major tracks two days after Labor Day. Racing will take place four (4) days a week through the end of the year on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

The 69-day fall meeting, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 5 and concludes Monday, Dec. 31, includes 32 stakes races, 5 more than a year ago. The average daily purse will be increased from $210,000 to $240,000, thanks to revenue from slot machines in the state. Like the 60′s cartoon character Mighty Mouse, “revenue from slots” has (finally) come to save the day. In the cartoon below, the cats represent Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania terrorizing and threatening to (financially) devour the MJC, Maryland horsemen, owners, breeders and track employees. Hopefully, it will only get better when a state special session approves the expansion of gaming in the state, in order to keep pace with surrounding states that already offer table games.

“It is important to have stakes races bolster our Saturday cards,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “To build our business from a handle standpoint, races need to be more attractive to simulcast players. We are in the process of finalizing the promotional schedule for the fall, which we expect will bring more fans into the building.”

Headlining the stand will be the 27th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions on Saturday, Oct. 6 and the return of the Fall Festival of Racing three weeks later. That card will feature five stakes races on the turf as well as the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

Laurel Park Fall Meeting Dates:

• September 5-6-7-8
• September 12-13-14-15
• September 19-20-21-22
• September 26-27-28-29

• October 3-4-5-6
• October 8-11-12-13
• October 17-18-19-20
• October 24-25-26-27

• October 31-November 1-2-3
• November 7-8-9-10
• November 14-15-16-17
• November 21-22-23-24
• November 28-29-30-December 1

• December 5-6-7-8
• December 12-13-14-15
• December 19-20-21-22
• December 26-27-28-29
• December 31

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Maryland Misses Opportunity with Gamblers

Posted on 28 June 2012 by Evan Vollerthum

I’m extremely dissapointed at how much money leaves my beloved state of Maryland everyday.   I’ve consistantly been around the horse racing & gaming industry in this area for 10 years.  There has been a lot of change.  There are clean, classy establishments all over the mid-atlantic ready to take Marylanders’ action, but not here in Baltimore or our home state.  Marylanders are stuck with two rundown thoroughbred tracks and a few slot parlors where its man vs. machine.  This is why I take my action outside of state lines.  If the state lawmakers had any business sense, they would realize that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia all have live table games and slots to offer customers at their respective thoroughbred tracks.  I have frequented Pimlico and local underground poker games for the last 10 years and noticed that there are a lot less people gambling locally these days.  Most gamblers living west of I-83 are headed to Charles Town to get their horses, dice and poker fix while people living east of I-83 are headed to Delaware Park to willfully shred cash.   I myself have begun to frequent Delaware Park and enjoy the setting.  I willingly accept paying the ‘slap in the face’ $6 toll in Cecil County on a bi-weekly basis in order to gamble comfortably.  Rather than have to worry about eating mushy soup that will upset your stomach or a bag of potato chips from the snack bar @the Sports Palace inside Pimlico, I can enjoy a $17 Prime Rib dinner or an asian-style beef noodle bowl right down the hall from the poker room at Delaware Park.  Rather than play video poker against a machine in Perryville, I can play live poker against Joe The Plumber, Nick The Greek and Russian George at Delaware Park.  Rather than have to watch my back & my wallet as I walk through the parking lot at Pimlico, I can ride the shuttle bus back to my car from the DP side entrance.  Rather than have to fear being robbed or arrested at an underground poker club in Baltimore with an excessive rake, I can hang out in a safe, relaxing enviroment with a minimal $4 chop such as Charles Town, Penn National, or Delaware Park.  Have I listed enough reasons why gaming in Maryland sucks yet?

There is a way to fix the gaming industry in Maryland.  That way is to build a full-service thoroughbred track & gaming center in downtown baltimore.  This facility should include a state of the art track to support our beloved horse racing industry, as well as a full gaming center with restaurants, a spa, night clubs and a hotel all on site.  The gamblers in Maryland would be more inclined to play locally due to location.  Also, tourists will come thru Baltimore via I-95 and have a reason to stop and spend their money rather than bypass us to donate at Delaware Park or Charles Town instead.  Maryland racing will once again rise to the top with a premier venue to host a Breeders Cup as well as host the annual Preakness Stakes.  Tourism will increase bringing plenty of revenue to local businesses downtown.  Thousands of jobs will open up for qualified workers as well.  All of these reasons will greatly contribute to a more successful business enviroment in the area. 

Hopefully, with the cooperation of our state government, someone will step up to the plate and deliver a first class alternative to the more appealing out of state gambling venues.  My gut tells me this won’t be happening anytime soon and it will be more of the same for the gaming industry in Maryland.

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