This Saturday We’re Back At Laurel Park For The Maryland Million.

Sports and Bets — October 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm by

Saturday is perhaps the most underrated sports day in the State of Maryland.  The Maryland Million, the brain-child of the late, great Jim McKay is set to go to post this weekend with seven stakes races for Maryland sired thoroughbreds.  The day was inspired by the first Breeder’s Cup, and with that event on Halloween weekend, the Million is a great gambling and handicapping warm-up for America’s biggest day in horse racing.  It’s great fall fun for track degenerates, casual players, and families alike.

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Laurel Park is really cool to visit this time of year, anyways.  The leaves are changing and that makes for a visually lovely backstretch run; and the Stronach folks are putting some dough into the track and making it all beautiful.  Wagering, a lovely setting, and new stuff.  Sign me up, babes.

We are, as always, focused on the horses and the handicapping.  We’ll give you our play for the winning horse of each stakes race on Saturday.  Let’s go get ’em.

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Race 2- Maryland Million Lassie- 

#6 Jump For Love is one for two lifetime and in the first you could make the excuse that her wide trip cost her a higher placing.  Now with a nice maiden win, she aims here.  Like Jerkins’ work with two year olds and at 6-1 I’m willing to take a big shot. Speed figs fit, and like the improvement from the first time out.  Boom.

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Race 4- Maryland Million Sprint Handicap-

Ben’s Cat, one of the coolest race horses in history, is entered here and is, of course, heavily favored.  Instead of going the longer distance on the MM Turf, the King entered him here on the dirt, so he could do what he does best and sprint.  Dosen’t really matter the surface, Ben’s Cat will be in the gate ready to run.  He tries hard every damn time and in this field he stands out. But betting him is rough at 3-5.  He’s a definite a must use in multi-race wagers, but for a win bet, we’ll look for someone else. Only two horses seem able.  The #5 DC Dancer won this race last year, but he hasn’t run since May. The #7 Jacks In The Deck comes in off of some ugly turf form. On merit, DC Dancer may be the play.  We’ll throw some small cake on a win bet and then put these three horses in exacta combos.  Small action play.

Race 6- Maryland Million Nursery-

#3 Ravenheart won his debut nicely, passing horses and running out to a 60 Beyer. In this field, that 60 is a nice number and the fact that Abbott is wheeling him back in two weeks is a positive for me.  Sure, he’s the favorite, but sometimes one must like what he likes, and I like this horse, babes.

Race 7- Maryland Million Ladies- 

Distance could be an issue for the #9 Can’t Explain.  But nobody else is catching my eye. At all.  I don’t like Monster Sleeping at a low number and everybody else in here is just ugh.  If Lionhearted Lady runs in the Distaff then Can’t Explain will be all alone on the lead, controlling the pace.  Maybe that will make her brave enough to get the 9 furlongs.  5-2 constitutes a small play.

Race 8- Maryland Million Distaff Handicap-

Time to take a stab at a bomb. The #11 Oh What a Delite won a 25K claimer last out in impressive fashion, coming five wide and closing like a freight train at 52-1 odds.  Now trainer William Komlo enters her here. Could be a good spot for her. She 2 for 2 at Laurel, has won at 6 panels and a mile, so 7 panels shouldn’t be an issue, and as a very lighy raced four year old, she has upside. Which is something that can’t be said for the majority of this field.  At 20-1 the price is right.  Will put in exactas with favorites and use in trifeta wheels.  Risky, but how one makes dough, babes.

Race 9- Maryland Million Turf-

Wherever Phlash Phelps runs, I’ll be betting him, but I feel like he’s going to run in the Classic.  If he does I’m on the  #11 Willy d’Rocket here in the Turf.  I like the #10 AP Elvis too, but have concern on the mile being too long for his taste here.  Willy d’Rocket is in nice form and comes in off a wide trip at Parx that saw him come up a length short.  Two back, our guy finished half a length behind Page McKenney, who has had a real nice 2015 stakes campaign. The slightly shorter distance will help this veteran turf runner and 15-1 will get us paid. (I expect more like 6-1).  Exactas and tris with the 2, 5, 9, and 10.

Race 10-Maryland Million Classic-

I hope # 9 Phlash Phelps runs here because the favorite  Talk Show Man seems vulnerable.  Phlash Phelps is on a roll and has upside galore.  Lightly run in his career, he has recently run well on both dirt and turf and a win here would be a great lift forward.  If he doesn’t run in this I may not play because there no other horse that would entice me to beat the favorite and I can’t bet Talk Show Man at a short price.  If I can get 3-1 on Phelps it’s heavy babes.  End the day with a winner.

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