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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm from Cary, NC on Golf Channel); Preseason NHL: Buffalo Sabres @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), Chicago Blackhawks @ Washington Capitals (Sunday 5pm from Verizon Center live on NHL Network); Canadian Football League: Edmonton Eskimos @ BC Lions (Friday 10:30pm from Vancouver live on NFL Network), Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders (Saturday 4pm from Calgary live on NFL Network); WNBA: Eastern Conference Finals Game 3-Atlanta Dream @ Indiana Fever (Tuesday 8pm from Indianapolis live on ESPN2), WNBA Finals: Atlanta/Indiana @ Minnesota (Sunday 8:30pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Kenwood (Friday 7pm), Southern @ Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm)

10. Chris Brown (Wednesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center); Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Psychadelic Furs/Tom Tom Club (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Phil Vassar (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head On Stage); Matt Nathanson/Vanessa Carlton (Tuesday/Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Bridge (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Sunday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre), Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Lindsey Buckingham (Friday 8pm Kraushaar Auditorium Goucher College); Bobcat Goldthwait (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Switchfoot “Vice Verses” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Wanna impress your old lady? Ray LaMontagne is probably the thing to do the trick…

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I REALLY shouldn’t admit to how much I enjoy this new Matt Nathanson tune…

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I hope that instead of Lindsey Buckingham actually PLAYING Goucher Saturday night, he’s instead pre-empted by DeAndre Cole…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELag3LFbVIc[/youtube]

If you’ve listened to “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net (and why in the HELL wouldn’t you?), you’ve heard me play the hell out of “Dark Horses” from the new Switchfoot disc. It’s a GREAT football tune…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiNmS-ix43M[/youtube]

9. Fells Point Fun Festival (Saturday & Sunday Fells Point); “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Friday); “50/50″ opens in theaters (Friday); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Second City: Charmed & Dangerous (Tuesday-Saturday Center Stage)

The thing about Dark of the Moon is that it wasn’t great, but it WAS a chance for us to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s ass in the opening scenes. That’s pleasant…

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And while we’re here, I’m buying in on 50/50. I think it looks like a winner in general. And I tend to be a fan of Seth Rogen’s work…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhwXYqt-4k8[/youtube]

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Jockey and Trainer Title Still Up For Grabs on Final Day at The Big T; Rapid Redux extends streak to 16

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Jockey and Trainer Title Still Up For Grabs on Final Day at The Big T; Rapid Redux extends streak to 16

Posted on 04 September 2011 by Gary Quill

The 2011 Maryland State Fair comes to a close on Monday. With the exception of a visit from Hurricane Irene which forced the cancellation of the Sunday, August 28th card, every racing day saw the Timonium Grandstand overflowing with enthusiastic horse racing fans of all ages. Kudos to everyone who made this year’s meet a successful one.

 

Both the jockey and trainer titles are still up for grabs as apprentice jockey Sarah Rook leads with 9 wins from 18 mounts but Xavier Perez closed within 2 after riding 4 winners on Sunday’s card, bringing his total to 7. J.D. Acosta has booted home 6 winners, which included guiding Rapid Redux to his 16th straight victory in Sunday’s feature race. On the final day Rook has 3 mounts, Perez has 4 and Acosta will get a leg up on 7. Alberto Delgado only has 5 winners thus far, but has 6 mounts and still has an outside shot at the riding title.

Rapid Redux coasting to 16th consecutive victory

Rapid Redux coasts to 16th straight victory...

Rapid Redux in Winners Circle

... and is greeted by his happy connections!

Photos credit to Jim McCue of MJC

 

Even tighter is the trainer standings, as Dane Kobiskie has saddled 4 winners but Dale Capuano is just one behind with 3 and has four runners entered on the Monday card. Kobiskie will attempt to hold off Capuano as he has three entered.   

 

On Friday, Laurel Park opens for its “Fall Meet” which will have live racing Wednesday thru Saturday for the remainder of 2011. The thoroughbreds will stay at Laurel Park when we ring in 2012, for the “Winter Meet” which most likely will conclude in mid-April 2012 when live racing switches to Pimlico for short 25-30 day meet highlighted by the Preakness Stakes on the 3rd Saturday in May (19th).

 

Timonium State Fair Meet

Recapping Day 6 (Sunday, September 4th)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…

 

Best Bet Smock  (# 7; 3rd race; 7-2) not surprisingly was bet down and went off as the Post Time favorite but got early pressure from rivals, compromising his front-running style and faded to third, paying $2.80 to SHOW. 

Best Bet pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 2 SHOW.


Longshot Four X the Trouble  (# 6; 4th race; 10-1) was a hunch play based on the owner being Gina Rosenthal, who plays the role of Close Circuit TV Track Handicapper for the State Fair meet. Nobody hold the horse he was supposed to do better than run evenly throughout, finishing off the board. 

Longshot pick scorecard from 5 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 2 PLACE – 0 SHOW

  

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$33 on Sugadadeze (# 2; 6th race; 3-1) ran down the pace-setter in deep stretch to score a narrow maiden victory to keep the SHOW Parlay play alive for the final day, paying $8.00 to WIN, $3.80 for the PLACE and a very generous $3.20 to SHOW (thanks to the 9-5 favorite being off the board). That gives the SHOW Parlay wager $53 for the final day at the Fair to make a few extra bucks.  

 

 

For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 7 (Monday, September 5th)…

 

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming – 6½ furlongs

#3 – Irish Idol (3-1)

#7 – Doctor James (2-1)

#5 – Lolita  (9-2)

 

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#5 – She Said She Said  (8-5)

#2 – Secret of Marriage  (7-5) 

#6 – Mommadew (9-5) 

 

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs

#5 – Full Of Love  (12-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT $$$

#3 – D’wild Angel (3-1)

#2 – Azadi  (9-5) 

 

4th race – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs

#6 – Consolver  (4-1) 

#1A – Trolling Gravity (3-1)

#3 – Grandma June (8-1) 

 

5th race – $22,000 Maiden for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#1 – All About Her  (5-1)

#4 – Special Salute  (9-2)

#7 – Triple Pick (8-1)

 

6th race – $4,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs

#1 – One to a Royal  (6-5) 

#3 – Jetlaunchs Heart (9-5)    

#6 – Allow Me (4-1)

 

7th race –$5,000 Maiden Claiming – 4 furlongs

#1 – Livingonaprayer  (9-5)

#2 – Safari King (20-1)

#8 – Foxys Jazz (5-1)

 

8th race – $23,000 Allowance NW2L for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs

#7 – Bluegrass Atatude (3-1)  *** BEST BET ***

#2 – Singing in Key  (8-1)

#4 – Good Looking Girl  (3-1)

 

9th race – $25,000 Allowance Optional Claiming NW2X – 6½ furlongs

#5 – Southern Sweetie (2-1) 

#2 – Sterling Vow (6-1)    

#4 – Alwaysacontest  (9-5)

 

 

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $53.60 ($33.80 bankroll – $33 wager + $52.80 return)

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $53 on Consolver (# 6; 4th race; 4-1) has a nice resume’ of A.M. drills and one of Maryland’s premier conditioners (John E. Salzman, Jr.) of 2 year olds. He gets them ready at first asking. Look for shorter Post Time odds, but the SHOW money will be light which means a nice ROI for a hefty SHOW Parlay play for the finale.  

 

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday, take in a gorgeous day and go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds to  enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!

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Saturday Selections at The BIG T

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Saturday Selections at The BIG T

Posted on 02 September 2011 by Gary Quill

Labor Day weekend is upon us. It seems as though the Summer of 2011 flew by, which featured a very hot  July and a very wet August. All kids in Baltimore and its surrounding counties have already started the new school year, albeit a few days later than scheduled thanks to Hurricane Irene, but this 4 day weekend promises to bring cooler temperatures while the live thoroughbred horse racing action remains hot at Timonium.  

 

Now through Monday will mark the final 3 racing days of the year at The Big T. Unlikely recent years, every race was won by the odds-on favorite. We’ve seen some huge prices light up the toteboard during the first 3 days of the meet, Saturday’s card has potential for some nice prices, so hopefully that trend will continue.     

 

Timonium

Recapping Day 4 (Friday, September 2nd)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…

 

In 8 of the 9 races, the winner was among my top 3 picks in each race (3 were THE Top pick), including the Early Double, Late Double and 6th race Trifecta cold! Somehow my Best Best and Longshot picks failed to hit the board.    

 

Best Bet Rumbling Cloud  (# 2; 2nd  race; 3-2) went off has the prohibitive favorite, but was not up to the challenge of the tight Timonium turns and faltered in the final 2 furlongs to finish 5th.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 3 selections at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW.


Longshot Glen Arms  (# 5; 8th race; 7-2) took early action which was promising to those who backed her, but ran evenly throughout the 6½ furlong contest, finishing a very disappointing 7th. 

Longshot pick scorecard from 4 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$20 on Palm Beach Bud (# 3; 3rd race; 5-1) ran a non-threating third from gate to wire, which was just fine to keep the SHOW Parlay Play alive. “Bud” paid $2.60 for the SHOW. Good enough to add $6.00 to the available bankroll to “Let It Ride” on Day 5 of the Maryland State Fair Meet at the Timonium Fairgrounds.  

 

 

Lacrosse Moon maiden win

 Lacrosse Moon scores by a nose to break his maiden at Timonium on August 27th. Can he make it two in a row in the 4th race on Saturday? 

 

For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 5 (Saturday, September 3rd)…

 

1st race – $5,000 Claiming – 1 mile

#6 – Tea Tott  (3-2)

#1 – Caesar’s Gold (6-5)

#5 – Media Speed (6-1)

 

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 1 mile

#5 – Cake Walk (4-1) 

#6 – Queensameina (8-5)

#3 – Doadeerafemaledeer (2-1) 

 

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming – 1 mile

#4 – Dane Austin (9-5)

#2 – Changing Funds (12-1)

#3 – Live The Dash (1-1)

 

4th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L – 1 mile 

#7 – Peace Frog  (6-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT $$$

#2 – No Biggie (5-1)

#6 – Lacrosse Moon (7-2)

 

5th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming – 4 furlongs

#4 – Young Money (3-1)

#3 – Grand Scip (4-1)

#1 – Zanimal (2-1)

 

6th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance – 4 furlongs

#6 – Candy Games (2-1) 

#5 – Z’bullseye (4-1)    

#4 – Sir Silver Fox (20-1)

 

7th race – $5,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs 

#1 – Smokey Fella (4-1)   *** BEST BET ***

#5 – Rainbow Inthestorm (3-2)

#6 – Dorothy’s Diamond (2-1)

 

8th race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming – 4 furlongs

#9 – Z Money (9-2) 

#6 – Destined To Dance (5-1)

#3 – Mister Meehan (5-1)

 

9th race – $23,000 Allowance NW2L – 6½ furlongs

#2X – Play Eighteen  (3-1)

#1A– My Man Dan  (7-5)

#3– Hong Kong Harry (5-2)

 

10th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs 

#1 – Harpoon Hattie’s (3-1)

#2 – County Gold (3-1)

#7 – Just Christina (5-2)

 

 

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $26 ($20 bankroll – $20 wager + $26 return)

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $26 on Rainbow Inthestorm (# 5; 7th race; 3-2) is an 8 year old gelding who just won in gate-to-wire fashion here last Saturday at a higher Claiming level ($6,500). So why the drop in class to $5,000? Answer: Trainer Dale Capuano has enjoyed success at this years State Fair meet so far with 3 winners from 8 starters. He’s shooting for the trainers title and afterall, who is going to claim an 8 year old gelding? This SHOW Parlay selection should be money in the bank.  

 

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and take in a gorgeous Saturday, go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds, and enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!

 

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Big T Loses One Precious Racing Day to Irene

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Big T Loses One Precious Racing Day to Irene

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Gary Quill

When Hurricane Irene blew into Maryland on Saturday, Day 2 of the Timonium State Fair Meet was able to run to completion over a sloppy track, but Day 3 (Sunday, August 28th) had to be canceled. Losing a single live racing day hurts tracks that have a 50-70 day meet. Losing 1 of 7 days is devastating, especially when it’s a weekend day.     

 

Timonium was not the only horse racing venue that fell victim to Irene. Monmouth Park cancelled on Saturday and Sunday. Penn National called off their Saturday evening card while Saratoga surrendered Sunday’s card and even on Monday both Suffolk Downs (MA) and Delaware Park ditched Monday’s card.

 

Timonium State Fair

 

Recapping Day 2 (Saturday, August 28th) selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…

 

Best Bet Father Mudd  (# 4; 7th  race; 2-1) pressed the pace-setter throughout the first 4 furlongs, but when it was time for the real running he came up empty and could only manage 3rd,paying $2.80 SHOW.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 2 selection at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW.


Longshot Park Rules  (# 5 6th race; 6-1) bet down from 10-1 M/L odds, but ran a very dull race, 5th from start to finish.

Longshot pick scorecard from 2 selections at the Timonium Meet: 0 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$21 on Eddie C. (# 6; 4th race; 14-1) was 4-1 M/L but when they loaded into the gate for the 4th race, his odds were 14-1. At that point, I could have guessed Eddie C. would be up the track. No Chris Grove trained runner goes off at those lofty odds and runs well. Sure enough, he ran 6th in a field of 7, taking the SHOW Parlay Play down with him.

 

 

For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 4 (Friday, September 2nd)…

 

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs

#2 – Diana Girl  (1-1)

#1 – Pride’s Point  (9-2)

#8 – Lady Primeminster (3-1)

 

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs

#2 – Rumbling Cloud (5-2)  *** BEST BET ***

#5 – Our Commander (3-1)

#1 – Bait And Switch (2-1) 

 

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs 

#2 – S K R’s Spartan (2-1)

#3 – Palm Beach Bud (7-2)

#7 – Nic’s Amigo (15-1)

 

4th race – $5,000 Claiming NW4L – 4 furlongs 

#2 – Hold Me Closer (3-2)

#4 – Back In Baltimore (5-2)

#5 – Twisted Silver (5-1)

 

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#8 – Run Binky Run  (6-1)

#6 – Winslet (3-1)

#1 – Abby Kalem (5-1)

 

6th race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#8 – Monarchos Fan (4-1) 

#2 – Copper River Quest  7-2)    

#6 – Stevie Woods (5-1)

 

7th race – $4,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs 

#6 – Joey Fries  (5-2)

#4 – Great Love (2-1)

#3 – Out Of Our Mine (8-1)

 

8th race – $23,000 Allowance N1X – 6½ furlongs

#5 – Glen Arms (5-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$

#7 – On Board Charade  (7-2)

#3 – Glackety (2-1)

 

9th race – $4,000 Claiming – 4 furlongs

#1 – B L’s Noise  (6-1)

#7– Crack Thepat  (3-1)

#8– Brown and Dallett (20-1)

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SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $20 ($41 bankroll – $21 wager + $0 return)

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $20 on Palm Beach Bud (# 3; 3rd race; 7-2) will be one of a few looking to grab the early lead in this 4 furlong sprint. He’s no stranger to the Timonium 1/2 mile oval as last year he ran twice, winning in his first start and followed that with a 3rd. He’s trained by Dane Kobiskie who send his runners out to win 100% of the time.   

 

Start your 4 day, Labor Day weekend on the right track (no pun intended) and go the State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Soccer-Stanford @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field), Radford @ Maryland (Sunday 7pm Ludwig Field); Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic: St. Francis @ UMBC (Thursday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park), Fairleigh Dickinson @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Boxing: Jan Zaveck vs. Andre Berto (Saturday 10:30pm from Biloxi, MI live on HBO); WNBA: Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center), Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Friday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV)

10. UPROAR Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Sevendust (Wednesday 2pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Thursday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Stevie Nicks (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey/Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Olivia Newton-John & Terrell Owens host Cancer Awareness Event feat. Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); The Hold Steady (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Umphrey’s McGee (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); B.B. King & Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Script (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fuel (Friday 7pm Jaxx); Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds), All Time Low (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 8:15pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone), The Bridge/Collective Soul (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone); Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m With You”, Lil’ Wayne “Tha Carter IV”, Counting Crows “August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall”, Lenny Kravitz “Black And White America” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I won’t make the rescheduled version of Jimmy Buffett either, but somewhere in the comfort of my own home I’ll probably be singing “Fins”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNrM7DnYz4Y[/youtube]

Drew Forrester plays tunes from The Hold Steady sometimes on “The Morning Reaction”. I’m a fan…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isvn_Dsj2bA[/youtube]

I’m so bitter that all of the good shows are in DC this week. Men shouldn’t admit to enjoying The Script as much as I do…but I REALLY enjoy The Script. A lot…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMihKmoYfe8[/youtube]

WNST intern Ryan Morrison hooked me up with an advance copy of Tha Carter IV…I hope I’m not getting him in legal hot water by mentioning that. There was a humorous moment during Hurricane Irene where everyone in my house was singing along to this song. Don’t play it if you’re at work. Unless you work at The Gold Club. If you do, could you bring a Chap’s sandwich by the station Monday?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl3QmFHk7D4[/youtube]

9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday-Monday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Glenn Clark’s Kickball Championship Round (Thursday 6:45pm Carsins Run Aberdeen)

I’m not sure which yet, but either Friday night or Monday early afternoon I’ll be at the fair. I have two goals. ONE-watching something get born in the Birthing Center and squirm like hell. TWO-Re-enact this picture…

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Glorious. Re-enacting THIS picture would also be an option…

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There’s a good chance I win the Breeders Cup at some point in the future.

Oh-I’m playing for a kickball title Thursday night in Aberdeen before the Ravens game. The hell with the Ravens game, no one that matters is playing. I’m playing for a kickball title. I’d love to have you guys come support us. You really owe me at least that much considering all I’ve done for you.

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Selections for Day 1 at “The Big T”

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Selections for Day 1 at “The Big T”

Posted on 25 August 2011 by Gary Quill

Forty-seven Summers ago “Mike”, a horse racing fan and father of 3 must have decided to give his wife a break by taking their youngest son to Timonium Fairgrounds to watch a few thoroughbred horse races. Little did “Mike” realize that day would change the course of his 6 year old son’s life forever.

 

That simple decision to share a fathers interest with his son on a hot, Summer Saturday in August of 1964 launched a bond between father and son that grew stronger with each passing year. That day young Gary may have seemed more interested in collecting all of the pari-mutuel tickets that had been tossed onto the Timonium Grandstand apron like leaves discarded by trees on a brisk, autumn day… that is until the 7th race.

 

Before each of the first 6 races, “Mike” would ask Gary,”‘Who do you like?” the reply was the same every time, “Number 6”. Unfortunately, #6 failed to reach the Winners Circle in the first 6 races. Not to be discouraged, he keenly observed that the #1 was doing quite well in past races, so his pick for the 7th race was #1 – Tiny Monk.

 

Low and behold, Tiny Monk didn’t let down the young fan sporting a “Whiffle” haircut, winning by a hair not much longer than what was on his head. A horse racing fan was born that day and the passion for the sport lives on in that little boy, who today shares his passion with whoever enjoys reading this blog.

 

Bond with someone you love and share the excitement of horse racing while visiting the Maryland State Fair this year.           

Timonium Fairgrounds stretch run

 For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 1 (Friday, August 26th) it looks pretty ”Chalky” to me…

 

1st race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L – 1 1/16 miles

#3 – Peace Frog  (9-5)

#7 – Westend Willy (4-1)

#1 – King’s Ransom (10-1)

 

2nd race – $4,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#5 – Empress Lisa (5-2)   *** BEST BET ***

#4 – Grosso (8-1)

#6 – Our Jaks (2-1)

 

3rd race – $5,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs

#2 – Please Sir (2-1)

#5 – Daddy’s Caddy  (5-1)

#8 – Royal Eavesdropper (8-1)

 

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares – 1 1/16 miles

#6 – Sassy Number (3-1)

#7 – Broadway Dreamer (6-1)

#3 – Just Once (2-1)

 

5th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares – 6½ furlongs

#4 – Limehouse Silver (7-2)

#7 – Queen Of Valsyn (15-1)

#8 – Lyonnaise (20-1)

 

6th race – $22,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs 

#5 – Riley’s Rampage (8-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$

#2 – Spinning Lady  (2-1)    

#6 – Sensible Lady  (6-1)

 

7th race – $5,000 Claiming – 6½ furlongs 

#5 – Baatesh  (6-5)

#2 – Idle Lion (15-1)

#6 – Dapper Don (20-1)

 

8th race – $23,000 Allowance N1X – 4 furlongs 

#5 – Gold Score (5-2)

#1 – Round Em Up Will  (10-1)

#7 – Alioth (5-1)

 

9th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares – 4 furlongs

#3 – Seemybeauty (7-2)

#7 – Azadi (3-1)

#10 – Showofyourwings (7-2)

 

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

 

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $20 on Spinning Lady (# 2; 6th race; 2-1) makes her 2nd career start but adds Lasix for this contest. She flashed early speed in her debut going 4½ furlongs at Charlestown, but faded late to finish 4th. The 3rd place finisher (Aliens Last Dance) won in her next race, so this indicates Spinning Lady lost to a field of quality 2 year old fillies and should be good enough to hit the board in here.

 

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

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Horse Racing Returns to MD with Opening of State Fair

Posted on 24 August 2011 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 it’s seven 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 Preakness on May 21.

 

Racing will be conducted over the next two weekends – Friday August 26 through Sunday August 28 and Friday September 2 through Monday September 5. Post Tme on Opening Day only will be noon due to Teen Star Selena Gomez’s concert which will take place on the tracks infield in the early evening. For the other 6 racing days, 1st race post will be at 1:00 pm. Historic Laurel Park follows on Sept. 9 and celebrates its’ 100th season.

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Beside Selena Gomez, feature entertainers at the fair include country chart topper Blake Shelton (Saturday Sept. 3) and pop-rockers All Time Low (Sunday Sept. 4.) Concerts start at 7 p.m.

For the second consecutive, Dane Kobiskie and Scott Lake finished 1-2 in the 2010 Timonium Meet trainers standings. Kobiskie led 10 of his 22 runners to the Winners Circle during the meet while Scott Lake saddled 6 winners out of just 10 starters. Trainer Tim Tullock, Jr. was a perfect 3 for 3 at “The Big T” in 2010, good enough to claim 3rd place in the final standings.

Timonium will again offer a bonus of $10,000. Points are awarded for each starter and conferred on a sliding scale for 1-2-3 finishers.

In addition these three, this year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by Ralph Comi and Ezequiel Rolon. As these two gentlemen went 2 for 2 here in 2010.

 

The leading jockey in 2010 was J.D. Acosta with 10 winners. He narrowly defeated Jenna Joubert (9), 2009 leading jockey Joshua Navarro (8) and Malcolm Franklin (7). Even when he didn’t win, J.D. was in the hunt getting his mount to finish “in the money” a staggering 66% of the time.

In 2011 look for Alberto Delgado, who turns 47 during this short meet, to get the mount on the bulk of Dane Kobiskie’s runners, which should give him a great chance to capture this years riding title.

For each of the seven (7) 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 2011 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the seven 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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Soccer: MLS-Portland Timbers @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet); College Football: Towson Media Day (Wednesday 3:30pm Unitas Stadium); Canadian Football League: Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday 8pm from Winnipeg live on NFL Network)

10. Silopanna feat. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt And Kim, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 11:30am Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); John Prine (Saturday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Train & Maroon 5 feat. Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jimmy Buffett & The Corral Reefer Band (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey feat. Foreigner & Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Doobie Brothers (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Buckethead (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Chuck Brown (Saturday 9pm 9:30 Club); “Our Idiot Brother” out in theaters (Friday)

Cised for Silopanna. If you’re not in on Fitz & The Tantrums, you’re making a HUGE mistake. I’m not surprised knowing you…

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Trombone Shorty opened for Dave Matthews last fall when I saw him in Charlottesville. I’m the idiot for waiting this long to see him again…

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Sharon Jones is outstanding. That’s about all I have to say here.

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If you’re from Maryland and don’t love Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, you should probably just move already…

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9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Annapolis); Cirque du Soleil Quidam (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

Good God I LOVE the State Fair. Not kidding. I honestly LOVE the State Fair. In fact, I will go over there with ANYONE and bet on Pig Races if you’re interested. Pig Races are awesome…

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And the RennFest? I mean, is there anything…in the world…greater than ax throwing?

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The shirtless guy behind me? Coolest MF-er on the face of the planet.

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Come watch the Caps with us tonight and tomorrow all over Baltimore

Posted on 03 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Are you tired of rocking your red on the couch in your house? Wouldn’t it be more fun to come out for a night and watch with other Caps fans? Tonight and tomorrow — for Games 3 and 4 in Tampa Bay — the WNST staff will be hosting some Rock The Red events all over Baltimore to try to get some support to get the Capitals out of this 0-2 hole.

Here’s the schedule of events/hosts for the games this week:

Tuesday (Game 3)
High Topps in Timonium — Thyrl Nelson
Dark Horse in Bel Air — Glenn Clark
Stalking Horse in Federal Hill — Nestor Aparicio

Wednesday (Game 4)
High Topps in Timonium — Rex Snider and Ryan Chell
Dark Horse in Bel Air — Drew Forrester
Stalking Horse in Federal Hill — Nestor Aparicio

We’ll have some hockey and sports conversation and the Caps and Lightning in stunning HD quality on multiple televisions.

Hope you come out and join us for the fun of Stanley Cup playoff excitement!

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Posted on 28 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Goody’s Fast Relief 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm, Saturday & Sunday 4:30pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Horse Racing: Florida Derby (Sunday 5pm from Hallandale Beach, FL live on HRTV); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Henry Lundy vs. Patrick Lopez (Friday 9pm from Mashantucket, CT live on ESPN2); Arena Football: AFL Jacksonville Sharks @ Tampa Bay Storm (Friday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on NFL Network); Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Elite 8 (Tuesday from Philadelphia & Dallas live on ESPN), Final Four (Sunday from Indianapolis live on ESPN)

10. Lil’ Wayne (Sunday 7pm Verizon Center); Sara Bareilles (Sunday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Mike Doughty (Friday 9pm IOTA Club & Cafe); Tim Reynolds (Friday 8pm & 10pm Blues Alley DC); Blue Man Group (Wednesday-Sunday Warner Theatre); YES (Monday 8pm Warner Theatre); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Radiohead “The King of Limbs” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I just saw Weezy at 1st Mariner Arena. It was a great time. I especially liked the part when he re-enacted that scene from “Beetlejuice”…

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I used to like Soul Coughing. Now I like Mike Doughty. If you listen to “The Morning Reaction” (and give me one reason why you wouldn’t!), you might be familiar with him…

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Tim Reynolds is pretty much an unofficial member of Dave Matthews Band at this point. I’m sure you’ll understand why…

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I’m not nearly the Radiohead fan that some folks are. But if the stuff on their new record is as good as this, I might get back on the bus…

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9. Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds)

The first time I went to Beer Bourbon BBQ I ended up looking like this…

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Yep…that’s me…probably a few pounds ago. I’m the one on the left.

Is there anything else you need to know about the event?

8. NBA: Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Sunday 6pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet)

There’s a LeBron James joke in here somewhere…but I’m much too lowbrow.

So instead…the Wizards suck.

Oh-but the ‘Zards have Javale McGee, who tends to be good for a highlight a night in the midst of his team getting their asses handed to them. Again.

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7. Tennis: ATP Tour & WTA Tour Sony Ericsson Open (Tuesday 11am live on Tennis Channel, Wednesday 1pm & 7pm live on ESPN2, Thursday 1pm live on ESPN2, Friday 1pm & 7pm live on ESPN2, Saturday 12:30pm live on CBS 3pm live on Tennis Channel, Sunday 1pm live on CBS)

So…did anyone else see the Top Spin 4 commercial with Serena Williams???

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Umm….I….ummm….I think I need a glass of water here.

6. NHL: Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on VERSUS & Comcast SportsNet), Buffalo Sabres @ Washington Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & NHL Network)

If you care about the Caps, there are two WNST Moosehead Puck Buses this week. I encourage you to hop aboard.

I don’t like Washington and don’t care about the Caps myself, so I have other hockey-related thoughts to share.

I’m headed out to Phoenix this week for a quick vacation. It’s just too cold here. I’m very excited because I get to see the Coyotes Friday night. (They’re playing the Colorado Avalanche.) As I’ve said before, I root for the ‘Yotes because we never had a team in Charm City.

I just found out yesterday that Friday night is Ilya Bryzgalov bobblehead night. I’m FREAKING OUT…

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I actually think I might wear his old mask to the game…

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5. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos” premieres (Wednesday 9pm SpikeTV); Strikeforce Challengers: Justin Wilcox vs. Rodrigo Damm (Friday 11pm from Stockton, CA live on Showtime)

Don’t ask me why-but for some reason Holly Madison’s show “Holly’s World” gets recorded on the DVR at my house.

Like I said, don’t ask.

But the show was on recently (I’m not sure who was watching it-I mean, it couldn’t have been me, right?) and Dana White was sitting with Holly discussing business ideas.

You’re asking yourself “Glenn, why in the hell are you writing about Dana White chatting with Holly Madison in the MMA category of this post?”

It’s simple. There’s a girl on that show named Jayde Nicole. I can now post a picture of her. There had to be a reason…

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4. Soccer: Team USA vs. Paraguay (Tuesday 8pm from Nashville live on Fox Soccer Channel); MLS: DC United @ Colorado Rapids (Sunday 7pm from Commerce City, CO live on Galavision)

I assume we’re going to anoint Juan Agudelo the savior of American soccer because he scored a goal Saturday night against Argentina and he’s only 18 years old.

It’s probably wildly unrealistic.

But ehh…we need something about American soccer to get excited about. Agudelo for savior!

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3. College Lacrosse: Loyola @ Ohio State (Saturday 1pm from Columbus, OH live on AM1570 WNST); Hofstra @ Towson (Saturday 12pm from Unitas Stadium on ABC2 & ESPN3.com); Big City Classic: Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina (Sunday 4pm from East Rutherford, NJ live on ESPNU); Maryland @ Virginia (Saturday 12pm from Charlottesville live on ESPNU); Navy @ Georgetown (Friday 7pm Kehoe Field); Marymount @ Stevenson (Saturday 4pm Caves Athletic Complex)

The Greyhounds are headed out to face Ohio State, huh? Maybe while they’re in town they can get their picture taken with Jim Tressel!!!

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If they pay an extra 30 or 40 bucks, maybe he’ll even look at the camera! (Thanks Deadspin!)

2. Pro Wrestling: WWE Wrestlemania 27 (Sunday 8pm from Atlanta live on Pay-Per-View)

I don’t care what else happens at Wrestlemania Sunday night. I only care that The Rock will be there. Life is good.

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1. College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Final Four-Kentucky vs. UConn (Saturday 6pm from Houston live on CBS), Butler vs. VCU (Saturday 8:45pm from Houston live on CBS); National Championship Game (Monday 9:21pm from Houston live on CBS)

These things we know….

A-The NCAA should be ashamed as they watch Jim Calhoun and John Calipari square off Saturday night.

Absolutely ASHAMED.

B-The entire country will be rooting for whoever wins the Butler-VCU game on Monday night.

C-We love Jim Nantz around here…but Gus Johnson should ABSOLUTELY be calling these games. Check out his Funny or Die and then this piece of football awesomeness…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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