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Laurel Park: Spot plays and horses to watch, December 3

by | Dec 3, 2017 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland | 5 comments

Edgar Prado

Edgar Prado smiles after Always Thinking won the Sensible Lady Turf Dash. Photo by Dottie Miller.

Gary Quill is taking a brief hiatus from his GQ Approach full-card picks and analysis. In his stead, we present daily spot plays and horses to watch. Good luck!

First post today 12:30 p.m. The late Pick 5 has no carryover. The Super Hi 5 has no carryover. The Jackpot Rainbow Pick 6 has no carryover. Eight races are on the card. Laurel has closed down its turf course for the season.

  • The fourth race is a $40,000 maiden special weight test going six furlongs on the main track for three-year-olds and up, and the favorite in here is #1 Evil Monkey (3-1). The Ben Perkins-trained Don Six gelding has been working well towards his debut while at Parx Racing. But we’ll give a look to #4 Captain Scotty (4-1). The Tim Ritchey trainee is a son of Quality Road out of the Aggressive Chief mare She Is Raging. Quality Road, a very talented runner in his own right, won at first asking, and this runner has had some pretty useful half-siblings, including nine-time winner Sovereign Default ($240k), nine-time winner Bargaining, and Chubby Master ($94k). Ritchey has won with five of 20 runners making their debuts in maiden special weight company the last five years. Andrew Wolfsont is up.

TODAY’S FULL-CARD SELECTIONS

  • Race 1 – 6-3-4-2
  • Race 2 – 7-1-3-6
  • Race 3 – 4-8-1-5
  • Race 4 – 4-7-3-5
  • Race 5 – 1-6-3-2
  • Race 6 – 1-4-9-2
  • Race 7 – 5-1-2-3
  • Race 8 – 4-5-9-8

  • The eighth is a $40,000 maiden claimer going a mile on the main track for two-year-old fillies, with the Tim Keefe-trained #5 Irish Access (2-1) the favorite off a good second against similar last out. A horse in here worth a look at what’s likely to be a price is #4 Maui Wahine (15-1). The Lorna Baker homebred — a Maryland-bred not eligible to be claimed — is making her debut here for trainer Ted Maher. The daughter of Cuba has been training forwardly, with bullets in her last couple of works at Laurel Park. She’s also a full-sister to Laki; that talented runner has won four of seven starts, including a stake, and $133,662. Steve Hamilton will ride.

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