Closing Day at The Big T

September 06, 2010 | Gary Quill

The 2010 Maryland State Fair comes to a close on Monday and every racing day was filled with bright sunny skies, a fast track and plenty of nice prices to keep fans like myself who love to beat the favorite happy. Kudos to everyone who made this year’s 7 Day racing card a very successful one.


On Wednesday, Laurel Park opens for its “Fall Meet” which will have live racing Wednesday thru Saturday for the remainder of 2010. The thoroughbred will stay at Laurel Park when we ring in 2011, for the “Winter Meet” which most likely will conclude in mid-April 2011 when live racing switches to Pimlico for the six-week meet highlighted by the Preakness Stakes on the 3rd Saturday in May.


Recapping Day 5 (Sunday, September 5th)…selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet…


Best Bet Better Go Hide   (# 2; 3rd race; 2-1) did rely getting a call as he broke slowly, raced wide on the turn and finished ahead of just one other runner after being bet down to 2-1.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 6 selection at the Timonium Meet: 3 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW.

Longshot Wild Tepu  (# 7; 5th race; 13-1) ran well for a longshot but it still wasn’t good enough to finish in the money as she ran 4th, ¾ of a lenth behind the 3rd place horse. 

Longshot pick scorecard from 6 selection at the Timonium Meet: 1 WIN – 1 PLACE – 0 SHOW


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$20 on Awesomesundayblues (# 7; 2nd race; 5-2) ran a perfect race to for this bet, never threatening the top 2 but good enough to finish 3rd, paying $2.60 to SHOW. That gives the SHOW Parlay wager $26 for the final day at the Fair to make a few extra bucks.  



For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 7 (Monday, September 6th)…


Best Bet:   Girl’s Best Friend   (# 1; 4th race; 4-1)


Lack of early speed going long other than this 9 year old gelding makes this old timer the logical choice. The M/L 8-5 favorite (#4 – Coheed) is 1 for 31 on natural dirt. Come On Man!


Longshot:    Kettle Run  (# 6; 5th race; 20-1)


Away since May after switching trainers, the new trainer(Linda Alberts) is much more successful than previous one and the couple recent works indicates she could shock on Closing Day at the Fair Meet.


SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $46 ($40 bankroll – $20 wager + $26 return)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $26 on Duke Of Laurel (# 2; 3rd race; 5-1) In this Maiden Claimer for 2 year olds, where most are making their racing debut, this guys ownership includes the trainer, who bought a number of yearlings on the cheap last year. Stole this one for $1k. Trainer has had success with plenty of them already. Banking on this one being quick as well to make the final day of the SHOW parlay a profitable one.  


For more of my selections at Timonium and other thoroughbred horse racing tracks across the country, go to… GQ’s No Chalk Zone


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!