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 $22,382 — and, because it’s closing day at Laurel Park, it’s a mandatory payout.  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, 4, 7
  • Race 6 – All
  • Race 7 – 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9
  • Race 8 – 3
  • Race 9 – 6
  • Wager cost: $54 ($0.50 unit)

Gabby says….

“These earlier races really are a maze.  I think you can make some sense of the fifth, but the sixth and seventh really are a puzzle.  The fifth is a $7,500 claimer for horses that have never won two going 5 1/2 furlongs.  I have three in here, and I’m excluding two others that are logical contenders.  I think #1 Senor Quickie will benefit from cutting back from 7 furlongs to 5 1/2.  He’s first off the claim for trainer Wayne Potts, and in a race with a lot of speed, I’m hoping he can rate off them.  I think the drop from $12,500 to $7,500 for #4 Doc Cebu is less than it looks; that’s just about the bottom of the claiming ladder in New York, and if this horse can come back to better form for trainer David Jacobson, he certainly fits here.  I think #7 Vim is an interesting longer shot here.  He gets Trevor McCarthy aboard; this is a horse with a ton of early speed, and the key to him is getting him to relax a little bit.  If Trevor can do that, he’s drawn well on the outside.

“The sixth is a $12,500 claimer going a mile, and I think you can go any which way.  All of these horses have questions to answer, and I’m going to cover them all and hope for a longshot.  Notably, #5 Brew Blessings is making his fourth start in the last 30 days.

“Similarly, in the seventh, I think anyone could honestly pop up, I’ve covered six of them.  I do like a couple of longshots in here.  I think the 1A, Hard Rock Delite, could sit a decent trip here; last out he found himself chasing lone speed in Tatao’s Widcat and still ran well, but he might get a better shot here.  Another interesting horse here is #5 Crosseyed.  He ran second, beaten nine last out, back in October.  But the horse that beat him, Uncle Todd, returned to run second twice in a row in allowance company at Charles Town.

“In the eighth, a maiden special weight going seven furlongs, I’m — let’s say, reluctantly — singling the three horse, Dixie Traveler.  I think she’s the class of the race, she gets blinkers, and I think she’ll like stretching back out to seven furlongs.  Her one try at the distance, a near-miss second against Perique two back, was really good, and Perique came back to win for fun in a first-level allowance.  I don’t think she’s a lock here, but in the interest of keeping the price of the ticket down, she’s a good play.

“I’m also sort of reluctantly going to single the ninth race, a first allowance going six furlongs.  I fell for #6 Proud to Be Wild in her last, and she ran third — but that was a really tough race that included a stake winner, Jonesin for Jerry.  This is a much easier field than that was.  Plus, I think she learned a lot that day.  In her debut, she had it all pretty much her own way, but in that last race, she was in between horses, got bounced around a little bit, and took some dirt.  The second-place finisher from that race, Knit One Purr Too, came back to win, and I think Proud to Be Wild is in a good position to do the same.

“Good luck!”

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