Laurel Park Kicks Off Fall Meet With A Turf Stakes Extravaganza. (Weather Permitting) And We Will Try To Cash In.

Sports and Bets — September 12, 2015 at 9:17 am by

Laurel Park has a lot going on these days.  They just ended a successful summer meet and the grounds are undergoing some $17 million in renovations.  Some new barns are under construction for the ponies and the peeps in charge have thrown $7 million at a face lift for the grandstand area that includes a new simulcast area, a ton of new TVs (including a 17.5 foot HD monster), some new flooring and, perhaps most importantly, two refurbished bars to go along with a new watering hole.

Sounds damn good to me.

Kicking this all into gear today is a four stakes turf card.  Unfortunately, there is a nasty bit of weather supposedly headed this way. But in the off-chance that the rains hold off, here are our picks for five of the races at Laurel today.  (If the rains come and the races get washed off the turf, then our approach to these races will be different.  We may not play at all, which would be extremely lame, so let’s hope against hope that it stays dry.) Not to fret though, Laurel’s got another great card lined up for next weekend too.

And remember, horse wagering is a superior form of wagering when compared to other forms of sports gambling (aka football). This is due to odds.  It’s extremely difficult to recover from an NFL losing streak.  In horseracing, winning one race out of ten can lead to a winning day, due to a higher return of investment.  Without further adieu, let’s go get ’em….


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Race 5 ALW 42K-  This is not one of featured stakes races of the day, but it is a real nice turf allowance. The #5 Handsome Charlie will be our play.  Since coming under the care of trainer Jose Corrales, this well bred colt has broken his maiden and finished a troubled third on this Laurel Turf Course at this level.  Get the feeling this guy could be a capable runner around this local circuit.  Would like to see pilot Chirinos get this guy a bit more on the engine in the early stages, and maybe that’s what the addition of blinkers would suggest.  That would be sweet running music since this run doesn’t seem to have a lot of early speed signed on.  Would love 4-1, but 7-2 would even constitute a decent sized play.

Race 6 Lady Baltimore 150K-  Despite being the sixth race, this is the featured run of the day.  There are a lot of interesting fillies and mares in here and you could make a case for about half the field. That means I’m looking for value and a sneaky good entry.   I like the #2 Fasnacloich, the #4 Joy, and the #8 Monster Sleeping, but poking holes in any of those is easy and though I may get value on the 8, I’m not thrilled about Boyce leaving for #4 Joy, who I feel, along with Fasnacloich, may be the favorite in here come post time.   My dough will go to the #6 Pink Poppy.  She’s inconsistent at best, but her run two back against Grade 1 winner Coffee Clique would put her in the winner’s circle against these.  (Of course her last race was a complete dud, so you see what I mean about inconsistent.)   Interesting to see that out of  the three Graham Motion entrants, she gets the services of Trevor McCarthy.  Distance right in her wheelhouse.  If she runs her best, she wins, but I gotta get paid.  Not accepting less than 5-1 here.  Hopefully I can get that.  Risky, babes.


Race 7 Selima Stakes 75K-   Not messing with the favorite #7 Ruby Notion.   Wesley Ward thought enough of this young miss to take her to Royal Ascot and she’s won both starts here stateside.  Sometimes solid is solid.

Race 8 Laurel Futurity 75K- Another turf sprint for youngsters and honestly, these turf sprints can be damn mystifying affairs.  I’ll stay steady though and go with the #1 Gotta Be Gold.  Love kids of Arch and this guy flashed nice speed on his way to a debut victory.  Gets the inside post and will be going from the bell.  Hope he gets gone to the wire.  Karamanos knows this turf course.  4-1 ML isn’t ideal but extremely playable.

Race 9 Laurel Dash 100K-  Another turf sprint, this time at six furlongs for the older guys.  I’ll go with wily veteran, #4 Night Officer.  Seven year old gelding is in great form and just lost a duel with the legend Ben’s Cat here at Laurel a few weeks back.  Great work on the 5th shows nothing was taken out of him by the effort.  The six furlongs suits him just fine, as he’s won 3 of six at that distance.  Can go or rate, and like Boyce in the irons.  5-1 odds add to the appeal.  Hammer time.

Good luck!

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