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Maryland State Fair Opening Day Selections at Timonium Fair Grounds

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Maryland State Fair Opening Day Selections at Timonium Fair Grounds

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Gary Quill

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

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

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

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

Selections for Friday August 23rd at Timonium Fair Ground are below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT, evey live racing day of the meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looks like Day 1 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 9 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!

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Horse Racing Returns to (Timonium) Maryland on Friday as State Fair Opens

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Gary Quill

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

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

The fair will have a series of concerts as follows…

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

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

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

For each of the ten (10) live racing days a blog will be posted with selections for every race, including a BEST BET, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium only on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the Fair. For more information, visit the Maryland State Fair.

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

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