Laurel Park is On Point Again With Two More Big Turf Stakes Races. Plus, Picks From Parxs and The Incredible Kentucky Downs.

Sports and Bets — September 19, 2015 at 9:28 am by

Laurel is really kicking off the fall season in an appropriate manner.  This Saturday the completely underrated Maryland Race Track will be featuring two big turf events for your wagering and horse-viewing pleasure. Race Four is the Grade Two Commonwealth Cup and Race Nine is the Grade Two Commonwealth Derby.  These races are usually run at Colonial Downs in Virginia as the Colonial Turf Cup and the Virginia Derby, respectively.  But Colonial Downs isn’t running this year for political horse-shit reasons so the Virginia Equine Alliance brought the races up here to us.  Several Breeders Cup winners have run in, and won, the Virginia Derby, the race is no joke, so it’s a big treat for us horseracing nerds to have this event held here in Maryland.  One of the best 3-year-old turfers in the land, Force The Pass, has come to town to run in this Maryland version of a Virginia event, and that makes things even more exciting.

Also this weekend, Philadelphia Park is hosting the Pennsylvania Derby with a great undercard lined up, and the European-styled turf course that is Kentucky Downs is running its final day of racing on Saturday.  This course is incredible, with three turns and a slight uphill and downhill run.  (It is one of only two turf  courses in North America to feature a right turn.)  It’s pure European turf racing and it’s cool as hell.  It’s a horse purist dream.  And the take-out on exotic wagering is extremely low, which benefits gamblers big-time.

There’s obviously a lot to get into – so let’s not wait any longer.  May our horse and college football wagers take us plus into NFL Sunday.

Laurel Park

Race 2 ALW 42K-  #4 Sir Orinoco may get a decent (hoping for 7-2) price in this short field and it looks like he’ll be the lone speed in this sprint.  He’s fired fresh off the bench twice for wins and he’s coming off a freshening here.  McCarthy onboard and that adds to our pre-race delight.  We’ll see how we feel after  the clock stops.

Race 4 Commonwealth Cup-  #2 Mr. Speaker and #5 Upwiththebirds are obvious favorites and contenders here.  Both are training well for this and both command respect.  If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Upwiththebirds, but we’re looking for a price here.  #4 Cut To Order is taking a massive class hike up for this, but he may be the controlling speed here.  Trainer Jaime Ness does a nice job and this guy is 5 for 7 on the turf.  He also wired a field at this distance, albeit a much cheaper one.  But at 10-1 we’re willing to take a chance.  Put with favorites in exacta magic.  It’s ABBA time…….

Race 7 CLM 12K-   #5 Aftermarketspoiler at 7-2 fits here.  Speed figs fit, works look good, and the wide trip in the last affair signals even better form than advertised.  Action play in a fun race.

Race 8 AOC 20K-   Wide open turf sprint makes us want to go longshot hunting like Fudd for silly Wabbits.  These turf sprints seem to be completely random affairs with longshots hitting left and right.  We’re on the #5 Unseen.  A solid three of five at the distance and brings a bullet work to the party.  In second off a layoff scenario, this guy has popped an 86 Beyer in a stakes affair and a 79 in an allowance win.  Heavy play at 10-1 ML.  Unseen in name, visualized at the wire for my money.  Boom.

Race 9 Commonwealth Derby-  I’m simply a fan of #5 Force The Pass.  Already a millionaire, this colt should track the 6 en route to a chalky victory.  Yes, the #1 Go Around is an interesting option, but I’ll be singling Force The Pass in multi-race wagers and in the off chance his odds float to 9/5, he’s actually a value play.  But that won’t happen.  Stepping stone to Breeder’s Cup?


Kentucky Downs

I’m obsessed with this track.  Here we go…..

R4 ALW 125K-  #11 Mio Me is going to be tough to beat, but why not try with our first wager at KD?  #1 Milehigh Butterfly will offer value (8-1 ML) in this fun Allowance.   (If some of the also eligible draw in there’s a lot to like there too.) This miss has raced over turf only twice and had solid results, the last time trying to stalk into a slow pace.  Could have upside at a big number, and we’ve seen that anything can happen at this course configuration.

Race 6 One Dreamer Stakes-  Bombs away with 20-1 shot #8 Secret Someone.  This Bill Mott entry has been training lights out off of an AOC win.  On a bit of a break off that win and the pattern fits in that the last time this gal won and took a training break, she came back with a win and  career-best 86 Beyer at 11-1. So it’s interesting Mott chose to enter her here.  Gal is also 3 for 5 at the distance.  Boom, babes.

Race 7 Ladies Turf Stakes-  #5 I’m Already Sexy at 7-2 is the play here unless she gets utterly hammered at the windows.  Nine lifetime wins including one over this track, which is a bonus.  She’s a definite inclusion in our multi-race wagers, but if she goes below 2-1 then #7 Kiss Moon is a viable win bet option.  Beaten our first choice before and has five lifetime wins.  Likes this mile distance too. Watching the tote…..

Race 8 MSW 125k-   Not incredibly impressed with the ones that have run before, so I’ll try first timer, #2 Moonlight Sky.  Trainer Mark Casse is on blistering fire these days and like the training of this gal.  6-1 adds to the appeal.  Hammer.

Race 9 AOC 62K-   #11 Pattitude has found something in the past few months and hopes to bring this nice form to KD.  Second here in a MSW last year, so that course knowledge helps.  Like that the new trainer is bringing her back here and if she can keep her form it’s all systems go.  At 8-1 I’m willing to throw down some jangle on her doing just that.  (AE #14 Meshell is also an interesting option here.)

Race 10 Ladies Marathon Stakes-   At 7-2 Honey Lake would be a steal here.  I’m expecting shorter odds – she’s got a win and a second here and she loves the distance.  Also comes in in great form. Going to be tough down the lane after a long distance haul.  Of course, if #4 Courtesan is a price (5-1 or better) she may be a tempting play for the win……

Race 11 DG Oaks-  I absolutely love a bomb in here and she’ll be a huge play for me today.  Win bet, place bet (depending on price) exactas and triples.  #10 Queen Of Scat is one of those who seems to have turned the racing  light bulb on after taking forever and a day to break her maiden.  Form is on point and ascending Beyers point to upside.  Pilot Lanerie has to break out soon right?  I think this filly runs a big one and owns the lane.  Make or break wager.



Big card at Parx, but my stars, one can only bet so many races.  We are focused on the main events…

Race 9 Cotillion Stakes-  The three year old filly division is all over the place this year.  No dirt lady has stood out.  So I’ll bet on even more chaos with another new shooter, #1 Tara’s Tango.  She could be in for a big race in this second off the layoff try and her price will be right says Bob Barker.  #8 I’m A Chatterbox is the most likely winner, but 8 or 10 to one will be tempting on Tara and her chance to further muddle this muddled division of racing.

Race 10 Pennsylvania Derby-   We’ll make no such attempt at a big number here, even though Mr. Z will be alone on the lead with the Scratch of Gimme The Lute.   Frosted is easily the class here and he seems ready to fire.  No price but, no need to get stupid either.

Good Luck and take these for what you will, babes.


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