Giddy Up And Wager, It’s Maryland Million Day At Laurel Park

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm by

Horseracing is Maryland and as the legendary Jim McKay returned home to the state of blue crabs and chesnut thoroughbreds from the inaugural Breeder’s Cup in 1984, he proposed that Maryland do the same type of event here, but with Maryland-sired runners.

Maryland listened to Jim McKay.

They should of, he was the man.

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And so was created Maryland Million Day.  The first Million was run in 1986 and they’ve been doing it every year since.  In fact, the program and event has been such a success that several other states run their own, “Million Days” in the Breeder’s Cup/Maryland Million model.

It’s a damn good time.  I’ve never been shy in spouting my affection for Laurel Park, especially this time of year.  With a nip to the air and with the leaves changing colors in the background, Laurel’s got a cozy feel to it.  The place feels new compared to Pimlico and the setting feels nostalgic.  It’s a great place to watch horses run. Plus, the food is good and the folks are friendly at Laurel.  I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad experience there.  Just walking into the joint warms the cockles.

Of course winning money also warms the cockles, and that’s our primary focus.

There’s an eleven race card scheduled for Saturday and seven of those affairs are Maryland Million Stakes races.  They’ve spaced the Million races out, so they are not run consecutively.  This means that Races One and Two are Maryland Million Races, but Race Three is a maiden special weight.  I guess they’ve spaced ’em out and started ’em early to get folks there for the beginning of the card.  All good with us, we gamble at all hours.

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The stakes races is what we’ll handicap below.

Good Luck, take these for what you will, and enjoy a cool Maryland tradition at Laurel Park on Saturday.

Let’s go get ’em…..

Laurel Park  

Race 1- Maryland Million Nursery:  Todd Pletcher sends down the #7 Bullheaded Boy.  Two-year-old looks qualified with a second in a NY stakes last out in the mud.  Beyers are healthy, he gets blinks, and his workout tab is stellar.  Chalky, but looking for a big effort.


Race 2- Maryland Million Distaff:   We hate chalk, so now it’s time to drop a longshot bomb on this baby Breeder’s Cup.  #7 Bear Moon is out of top sprinter Gators and Bears.  Lightly race four year old has improved Beyers last two out and looks on the improve.  Surprised the field in last at 34-1.  Favorites here are vulnerable.  Classy Coco may not want 7 panels, Ann’s Smart is coming off a layoff after being in terrible form an Jonesin’ for Jerry seems like a turf horse.   At 15-1 we’ll hope Bear Moon uses his outside post to rate a little off the speed.  Risky.  But. Could. Be. Huge.


Race 4- Maryland Million Sprint Handicap: #8 Tujoes has been in the claim game all year up at Parx and Delaware Park.  But he’s been consistent all year an has a stakes win to his credit back in 2013.  Has popped a 94 Beyer recently and last may have been the bounce off of that.  Says something that Lebarron claims him and then ships him for this.  Jockey/Trainer combo hitting at 29% clip.  Will be rolling off the pace.  Big play.


Race 5- Maryland Million Ladies:  Defending champ Monster Sleeping and Debilish Love are going to be tough to beat here but the #8 Jerry Love may be worth a gamble at a price.  Jerry Love is 2 for 2 at Laurel an jockey Kendrick Carmouche know his way around the Laurel lawn.  Powerful sweeping move in last coming wide to mow down the field.  Distance may be a concern, but no longshot is perfect.  They thought enough of her to enter her in the Florida Oaks.  Off layoff from that has improved and is in the third race of her current form cycle.  A jump up could contend with these.  Know her late.  Put in boxed exactas with the two favorites.  Boom or bust play.


Race 8- Maryland Million Lassie: #2 Miss Bullistic.  Young turf miss switches off the lawn for this.  Still feel she’s much the best of this field and at 3-1 I’m all in.  Solid works on the Laurel dirt back up theory.  Great breeder/trainer connection and Perez is no slouch.  Talent wins.


Race 9- Maryland Million Turf:  With good reason all the money will go towards the legendary Ben’s Cat and the defending champ Roadhog.  They very well could finish one-two again.  But if you wan to gamble, Graham Motion’s got a charge that could make some noise.  #7 Loves Last Chance broke his maiden in Saratoga and then sparkled next time out in an allowance win. While that isn’t saying much going against the likes of Cat and Hog, there is room for improvement and anything Graham Motion trains merit respect.  Working well up to this.  At least include in exotics, including exactas.  15-1 hmmmmmm.



Race 10- Maryland Million Classic: Eighttofasttocatch is a nice horse that has reached local legendary status with a $914K bankroll.  He’s won this race a-plenty.  But he’s only raced once this year, an that wasn’t pretty.  He’s vulnerable and at eight, hopefully this is his last hurrah.  The worst part is, the field is weak enough for him to still win, but we can’t bet him at the odds he’ll be at.  If the #9 Excessive Drama enters here, we’ll bet him.  If not we like the #8 Seventeenohsix.  Both are in decent form.  Of course if Eighttofastocatch wins, we won’t be too upset.



Good Luck!


cover:  theracingbiz


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