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


Laurel Park has a 50-cent Jackpot Pick 5 beginning with race 5.  The sequence includes three stakes, and the wager has a carryover of $3,093.  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, 2, 3, 5, 9
  • Race 6 – 5
  • Race 7 – 1, 3, 7
  • Race 8 – 1, 5, 6
  • Race 9 – 2, 3, 9
  • Wager cost: $67.50 ($0.50 unit)

Gabby says….

“The fifth race is kind of a maze of a race.  It’s a $5,000 conditioned claimer, and I’m going to spread a little in here.  I really like #5 Sky Maggy; she won at this level and distance last out, and she really fits.  But I wouldn’t put it past Juan Vazquez to pull a huge upset with #1 Cherokee Raider.  He’s stretching out to a distance I think he prefers, and if he can improve back to where he’s been, he could make some noise.  King Leatherbury has #9 Harmonizer, and I feel like he must like him a little.  The horse has been away for a year, and he’s bringing him back, which in this spot seems like a vote of confidence, plus he’s not running for the tag.

“I’m singling #5 Tupancy Links in the sixth, though a little reluctantly.  I think she’s the class of this race.  Her last couple were in stakes company, and now she’s dropping back against allowance foes, so she should find the going easier.  The question for her is the distance, as she’s never gone a mile before.  She did run well going seven furlongs, which seemed to suggest a mile wouldn’t be beyond her, and today we’ll find that out.

“I like #3 Secret Jackpot in the seventh, especially if you get 5-1 on him.  He’s won three straight and is in great form right now.  I think #7 Pearl of Wisdom is the class of this group.  He’s been facing some tough horses since Claudio Gonzalez claimed him, and he’s beaten similar.  #1 Shamroge is what he is.  He fits here, and he gets the distance, and he’s in pretty good form now.  I wouldn’t take 5-2 on him, but I will include him in my ticket.

“I’ve got three in the eighth, a second-level allowance going six furlongs.  There’s some speed in this group, and I think #6 Brenda’s Way will be the fastest of all.  I thought her last was great — she won an allowance at six furlongs, and she didn’t look like she was stopping any time soon.  It’s no sure thing, though, and note blinkers on for #5 Thicker Than Water.  She won two back and then ran third last time.  The winner that day, Do Somethin, just won the next level allowance nicely, so that looks like a pretty good race.

“The last race of the day is a $5,000 lifetime claimer going 1 1/16 miles.  I think #2 Art Class is an intriguing longshot at 15-1.  I think he wants the two-turn distance, and I think he may improve here.  #3 Bear’s Accountant is obviously at 7-5 a horse you can’t ignore here, dropping down a level after a good second.  But the question is whether he wants to go two turns, and he is winless in 10 tries at the distance.  I also like #9 Without Regard as a longshot here.  On best, the horse has been competitive with these, the horse gets a 10-pound weight break today, and apprentice rider Nik Juarez has been doing well getting these types of horses to run.

“Good luck!”

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

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