Maryland racing analyst Gabby Gaudet has thoughts on a Jackpot Pick 5 on this afternoon’s card at Laurel Park!


Laurel Park has a Jackpot Pick 5 beginning with race 5.  Post time for the fifth is 2:28 p.m.

MJC analyst Gabby Gaudet will share her longshot and exotic plays with The Racing Biz each Saturday.  Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

MJC analyst Gabby Gaudet will share her longshot and exotic plays with The Racing Biz each Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Gabby’s Selections

  • Race 5 – 1, 6, 8
  • Race 6 – 1, 4, 5, 6
  • Race 7 – 1, 6, 7
  • Race 8 – 1, 3
  • Race 9 – 1, 7
  • Wager cost: $72 ($0.50 unit)

Gabby says….

“I think the entry of Political Miss and Michelle’s Trip is going to be tough in this first race, an open $8,000 claimer.  But I really do like #8 Printasticat in here.  She’s making her first start off the claim for Juan Vazquez.  He’s been ridiculously successful recently with horses making their first start for him off a claim, and I think stretching back out to the one-turn mile will really help this horse.

“In the sixth, a conditioned $35,000 claimer, I do really like the #1 horse, Avarice.  I think he ran huge last time out, when he won easily against $15,000 horses, and this is his first start after being claimed by Jerry Robb, another trainer who does well with newly claimed horses.  I’m a little concerned about the post position — he’s down on the rail, and all the winners the other day came from outside — but I think there’s enough speed here for him to get a good setup, a good pace to run at.  That said, my top pick in this very tough race is #6 Speightful Kiss.  He’s showing a couple of sharp works since his last race, and I think his tries on the main track are really good.

“In the seventh, a $5,000 conditioned claimer, I really like both of Kieron Magee’s horses; he has an uncoupled entry here with #6 Cherylwithans and #7 Oxford Lass.  I think they both rate a big shot.  The one thing that gives me pause is that Kieron’s been a little bit cool in 2014 — just one win from 14 starts so far.  As a result, I’m backing his horses up with King Leatherbury’s coupled entry.  In particular, I’m hoping that #1 Princess Appeal can come back to her better form, when she was beating up on these kinds of horses.

“The featured eighth is a second-level allowance/optional claimer, and I don’t want to overthink this race.  If he runs — he’s also entered at Aqueduct on Monday — #1 Dawly will be really, really tough.  But I’m not confident enough in him to single him.  I do also like #3 Irish Lion in here.  I think he likes this one-turn mile trip, and I thought his last race was better than it looks.

“I really like the #1A Hard Drive in the ninth — and yes, it is my family’s horse.  I think he’ll like stretching out to this 1 1/16 mile distance, and he’s getting a little bit of class relief, which should help.  Still, I’m pretty scared of #7 Wildhaassseee here, who seems to love this distance and just beat these kinds of horses in his last race.

“Good luck!”

(Featured image, of Ben’s Cat, by Laurie Asseo.)

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