Laurel Offers Stakes Filled Card Saturday For Your Wagering Pleasure

Sports and Bets — March 20, 2015 at 7:21 am by

Laurel Park’s got some nice horse action Saturday with four stakes races on the wagering menu.  A few of these stakes were supposed to have already been run, but Laurel had to cancel a bunch of race days due to the absolutely horrific weather we’ve been enjoying this winter.  All good though, the reschedule created a stakes stacked card for this weekend, and stacked cards are a good thing.

Included in these stakes gems is the Private Terms Stakes, a race for three year olds which can be used as a nice springboard for some big races later in the year.  Last year’s Privates Stakes winner, Kid Cruz, was entered in the Preakness and he went on to win the Grade 3 Dwyer.  Kid Cruz also finished third in the Jim Dandy and Fourth in the Travers up at Saratoga.  That’s a nice  year for a quality horse and Kid Cruz first proved he could run with the big boys in the Private Terms right here at Laurel.

We mentioned weather earlier and we’re getting some Thursday night into Friday.  The track should be fast by post Saturday, we hope. So we’ll give these four stakes a shot and we’ll give you our opinion on a few other races at lovely Laurel Park.  Take these for what you will….

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Race 1- CLM 5K-   The first race of the day is a claiming race of the lowest variety and it’s typically the type of race I avoid.  As a handicapper, one must know their weaknesses and for whatever reason, these 5K affairs give me goddamn fits.  But, I like a horse in this one that may go off at a nice price (ML 5-1). #3 Hugger of Trees is dropping to her lowest level yet (the drop in may hurt her wagering value) but her race two back fits the Beyer pars and her last race came back live with multiple next out winners.  If she’s 4-1 or better, she may be worth a win wager in this field.  Laying off on anything shorter.

Race 4- Private Terms Stakes- Couple real interesting runners in here, including a live looker from horse genius, Bill Mott. That one, #2 Net Gain is a $325,00 purchase coming off a live maiden win.  Feel like he’s the one to beat and we’ll try to do just that with the #6 Bridget’s Big Luvy.  Ridiculous name and his last was a mess, but he gets blinkers for the first time for a barn that does real well with that move.  He also can pick his trip from out in the six hole; he can rate if someone goes bonkers for the lead, or he can gun for it himself.  Has pedigree for the stretch out and his work on 2/21 is assuring.  5-1 adds to the appeal.  Risky.

Race 6-Caesar’s Wish Stakes– Breeder’s Cup entry # 5 By The Moon ships in for this one turn mile.  She very may win this race, but she’ll be heavily favored and I’m just not all that impressed, Breeder’s Cup or not.  #7 Gypsy Judy has had a lot of success of the local dirt and that can’t be discounted, especially with her last win producing a career best speed figure.  She can rate or go, and she’s from a barn that demands respect.  Bullet work adds to the feeling that she came out of her win fine and is sitting on another big effort.  She also broke her maiden at the distance, so that’s not a concern either.  Absolute hammer at 3-1 or better, but she may be a shorter price.  Couple with the #4 Lake Sebago in exactas.  Leave out the #5 if you dare.

Race 7- Conniver Stakes- Seven furlong party features #6 Printasticat, who is in top form and has 10 career wins to her credit.  Eight of those victories are on the Laurel oval and I won’t mess with her here.  She will be stalking and she will be rolling at the wire.  Put in exactas with the #1 and the #3 to catch some value.  Printasticat will be a short price.  Chalk city.

Race 8- Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes- #1 Page McKenney was great in his last.  He faced severe traffic and had to go five wide for the win.  He also gave us a pay day on that gutsy try.  I won’t leave him now, despite the rail draw and despite the fact there are plenty of other options here.  This guy tries every damn time and I will throw money at horses like that all day long.  Distance not an issue either. Think he prefers to come from farther back, but if Karmanos can tuck in on the rail right behind the speed of #5 Mail and #3 Adirondak King, he’ll ride this tough guy to the wire first.  Page has rated closer before and think he’ll wanna do that again. In exactas with 3,4,5 and maybe the 2 and 8.  Looking for dollars.

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Good Luck!

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