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 wager has a carryover of more than $9,400.  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, 5, 6, 8
  • Race 6 – 2, 3, 4
  • Race 7 – 2X, 6, 7, 8, 10
  • Race 8 – 1
  • Race 9 – 5, 10
  • Wager cost: $60 ($0.50 unit)

Gabby says….

“The fifth race is pretty wide open in my opinion, despite the 8-5 favorite in here.  You’d figure that that favorite, #6 Charmed by Danger, will probably win in here.  But I have enough questions about her that I couldn’t single her.  She’s backed up late in her last two races at shorter distances, and now she’s stretching out to a mile.  I’m inclined to throw out the last race for #5 Starship Luna; that race was a mess, but she seems to like this one-turn mile and, outside of that race, fits here.

“You could almost single #2 Allie Sweet in the sixth race, a starter allowance.  She’s been racing against much better than these.  But she’s only raced once since September, hasn’t raced at all since December, and I wonder about this jockey switch to an apprentice who hasn’t done all that well.  If not her, I really think the only other serious contenders here are #3 Kippy Fox and #4 No Means No.

“The seventh is a different matter.  Almost any of these could win here, and I went five deep.  This will be a 14-horse, $5,000 conditioned claimer, and it’s a complete maze of a race.  I’m surprised to see # 8 Kens Cape — a horse who in mid-2013 was placed in a couple of stakes — in here at the bottom; if he runs back to his earlier efforts, he’ll win here.  Of course, the same is true of #10 Bellisima Luna, who is dropping from open $12,500 claiming and who, two back, just missed for $16,000.  They’re wild cards with a sigificant class edge on the field.   That said, I thought #6 Pot of Gold ran really well last time, closing from the clouds to just miss, and I think he’ll run well here.  My top pick, though, is #7 Stonecoldsteamer.  I thought he ran well last time out, he could be the speed of the speed in here, he gets a 10-pound weight break with Nik Juarez up, and if the old class horses don’t show, they might have a hard time running him down at a price.

In the eighth, a first-level allowance, on the other hand, I’m singling Jerry Robb’s horse, #1 Dark Voyager.   I think this field is just OK overall, and Dark Voyager is a horse who’s really improving.  His win two back was super-impressive visually, and last out he closed fast to just miss at this level.

“The nightcap is a $12,500 maiden claimer, and I’m using two of these.  They tried to send #5 Michonne in her last race, but she couldn’t make the lead.  They’re putting apprentice Trevor McCarthy on, which means they’ll get a weight break; I think they send her again here, but I think she might make the lead this time and, if so, could be tough.  I thought #10 Bazinga B had a decent debut.  Winning Player freaked and ran a huge race, but this horse ran pretty well to be second and could improve off that.

“Good luck!”

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

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