The GQ Approach – Laurel November 22

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland, MD Racing

Something Awesome

Something Awesome ran through the snow to win the Grade 3 General George. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (w/ live racing every Thursday through Sunday; Post Time 12:30pm EST), including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the 20 cent Rainbow Pick-6, 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5, as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles, Pick-3s and the Super High-5.

Today's Carryovers
  • Rainbow Pick 6: $1,521
  • Super High 5: none
  • Late Pick 5: $4,282

GQ'S Tip of the Day
“Z” race last out - If a horse loses ground from 2nd call to 3rd call but gains ground from 3rd call to the finish, s/he often runs an improved race in her next start.

Best Bet of the Day
Race 9 / #2 – Cordmaker (4-1)
Longshot Play of the Day
Race 6 / #7 – Im Charming (20-1)
Multi-race Wagers
  • Race 1 – $2 Double 1, 4, 6 w/ 1, 4, 8 ($18.00)
  • Race 6 – 0.50-cent Pick-3 3, 7, 13 w/ 7, 8 w/ 5, 6,14 ($6)

Analysis

  • Weather: Sunny, high of BRRRRR
  • Projected track conditions: Main – FAST / Turf – CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
  • Post time: 12:30pm EST
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

Race 1

  1. #6 – Janelle Dreams (6-1): Closer has run a pair of strong races, might get a pace to run at here
  2. #4 – Artiful Move (6-1): Speedster has run well in last two; lightbulb theory?
  3. #1 – Superstar Diva (6-1): Last couple aren’t good but drop to easier company should help

Race 2

  1. #4 – Trion Wings (2-1): Drops to bottom two races after near-miss vs. better; trainer Shuman just two-for-61 this year
  2. #1 – Mead Avenue (15-1): Two-for-the-price-of-one with this entry; Nambo trainee didn’t show a thing in debut but was facing much better; not exactly facing Murderers’ Row here
  3. #8 – Corrupt (10-1): CT-based runner drops into claiming company for first time

Race 3

  1. #3 – Dirtyfoot (2-1): Big effort in last when he won the speed duel but just failed to contain late runner while well clear of rivals; repeat of that might be enough to graduate
  2. #6 – Throw the Fade (7-5): NY-based runner has a bunch of pretty OK tries, including last-out runner-up effort against similar level at SAR; trainer Englehart making hay with ship-ins (15-for-36)
  3. #2 – Frost’s Song (6-1): Frost Giant colt ran well in lone local try vs. maiden special rivals; makes first start in nine months

Race 4

  1. #5 – Trusting Friend (6-1)Gonzalez trainee has won three straight while ascending class ladder; trainer 14-for-49 raising ’em off the win
  2. #4 – Mr. Fixit (7-2): Speedster has won three straight and former trainer L. Rice finally accomplished apparent goal of getting someone to claim him
  3. #8 – To Blave (4-1): Just two wins from 31 starts make him a tough play on top, but ran them down like a good thing two back and might get some early lick to run at here

Race 5  

  1. #7 – Forced (7-2): Third start off a four-month break for this Vera trainee who ran well in last and may benefit from half-furlong shortening; don’t hold two-back effort against him too harshly, as those were some serious rivals he faced; note bullet work in preparation
  2. #9 – Cousin Jimmy (20-1): Third start off a short freshening for this improving sort who figures to be running on late; finished behind #7 in last outing
  3. #2 – Onemoregreattime (12-1): Speedster may have trouble with other early types in this event but best efforts would put him in the mix

Race 6    

  1. #7 – Im Charming (20-1): That sound you’ll hear will be us crowing when this guy comes rolling late to win at bombs-away odds in race that has blowup written all over it; closing sort crushed similar five back and should appreciate class relief here
  2. #13 – Turbin (9-2): Solid effort in last when second though unable to get to 3-5 favorite; 10-pound bug takes the reins
  3. #3 – Jose Sea View (8-1): Has been off quite six weeks – but note trainer Magee is 10-22 dropping horses while bringing them back off similar breaks

Race 7

  1. #7 – Eagle Pass (2-1): Blinks on for a runner who’s only dirt try was boffo; Karamanos-Rice combo has done yeoman’s work in recent years
  2. #8 – Bandito (5-1): Switches into the Salazar barn after a pair of decent efforts vs. similar at IND
  3. #4 – Chargin Storm (9-2): Rallied smartly in last but could not get to winner; fast early-slow late profile of that contest a question

Race 8

  1. #5 – Stevie’s Joy (9-2): Willingly chased drop-down 1-2 winner last out; only runner from that contest to race since scored at CT
  2. #6 – Gotnoquit (9-5): Last-out defeat at 1-5 suggests name a misnomer; not sure added ground here does any favors
  3. #14 – Doctor Leo J (12-1): Lands in appropriate spot after a pair of tries vs. maiden special rivals at CT; Acosta in the irons a positive

Race 9

  1. #2 – Cordmaker (4-1): Useful return to action off six-month break when running fifth, though beaten just three, in City of Laurel last out; trainer Jenkins five-for-five with second-off-long-layoff horses
  2. #3 – Divine Interventio (5-2): Useful claim has run well in Gaudet barn, but note recent pilot Davis lands elsewhere
  3. #8 – Chief of Staff (6-1): Pilot Davis chooses this runner over #3; solid sort has won at this level twice in last six outings

Race 10

  1. #3 – Still Dreaming (6-1): Are you kidding me?!? This $460k auction purchase is a half to Nyquist, who won his first eight starts, the Eclipse juvenile, and the Kentucky Derby; trainer Motion is 14% with debut maiden special weight runners
  2. #10 – Scoreswhenhewants (6-1): Itsmyluckyday colt comes from the Arnaud Delacour barn, which is clicking at 20 percent with firsters
  3. #7 – Marco Island (10-1): First time in Reid barn for runner who had an adventurous trip in last when wrangled back to the rear of the field before rallying late and galloping out past winner; cleaner trip here could work wonders, but he is stepping up in company

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