Starting with today’s New Year’s Day card, we are pleased to welcome into the fold Gary Quill, whose GQ Approach handicapping selections will be a regular feature on The Racing Biz.  Gary, whose work also appears over at Horse Racing Nation, e-ponies.com, and wnst.net, has been playing the ponies since the 1960s, and his passion for the game is evident.  Gary has also been a guest handicapper in the Preakness infield’s corporate village.  Gary especially focuses on horizontal wagers — that is, multi-race bets — and that focus is the GQ Handicapping Approach  Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.

[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Multi-race wagers[/su_heading]

  • Race 1: $2 Double — 1, 2, 3, 6 w/ 1, 3, 5 ($24)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick 3 — 2, 3, 6 w/ 4, 5, 7 w/ 2, 3, 6 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.20 Jackpot Pick 5 — 2, 3, 6 w/ 2, 7 w/ 2, 3, 8 w/ 1, 2, 8 w/ 4, 10 ($21.60)
  • Race 7: $0.50 Pick 3 — 2, 3, 8 w/ 1, 2, 8 w/ 2, 4, 10 ($13.50)
SPECIAL PLAYS Best Bet: Race 4/Fifty Shades Longshot: Race 9/Scienziato

[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Analysis[/su_heading]

Race 1

  1. #2 – Whiskey Sour (3-1): 1st Time in Ness barn; can sit off early pace & pounce
  2. #3 – Jet Alley (9-5): Jacobson ships for EZ spot or looking to unload him?
  3. #1 – Tripmeister (6-1): Expecting continued improvement 1st time v. winners

Race 2

  1. #1 – Woo Woo Warrior (3-1): Drops off troubled trip last wk; reunites w/ X-Man
  2. #3 – Gottagetamoveon (4-1): Nice, steady work tab; don’t sleep on “Ham” FTS
  3. #5 – Street Poet (5-1): back to debut level when 3rd and showed speed

Race 3

  1. #2 – Charlie Bull (4-1): No bull, this 7 y.o. is an honest runner; 4 for 4 ITM @ Lrl
  2. #6 – Sortano (6-5): Hits bottom level, should score but only 1 for 11 at distance
  3. #3 – Ellies Tattle Tale (12-1): CT win machine may grind out another in Lrl debut

Race 4

  1. #5 – Fifty Shades (4-1): *Best Bet* Escapes from WO synthetic via claim; broke maiden on dirt in $50k MCL going 6 panels
  2. #4 – Pirate’s Cove (7-2): 0 for 6 on dirt but has faced better & Brisnet figs keep improving
  3. #7 – Money Fan (9-2): Cuts back to sprint after bullet work for new barn that scores w/ 27% fresh off claim

Race 5

  1. #6 – Heavenly Sky (7-2): Runner-up in $25k Starter Alw after maiden score; adding hood was key; should like stretch out
  2. #3 – Send the Limo (10-1): Appears to be lone speed so she could cruise especially if track comes up kind to front runners
  3. #2 – Anita Vacation (3-1): Worst efforts have been on off track & turf; duplicate of maiden win 3 back good enough here for “W”

Race 6

  1. #7 – Corinnaise (5-1): Only disappointing effort was v. boys; should like 2-turns; gets Carrasco as Russell opts for #4
  2. #2 – Judy Legend (9-2): Motion trainee going in wrong direction while burning $$; slight improvement in last w/o blinkers
  3. #3 – Palestrina (4-5): Goldolphin/McLaughlin shipper off 4 mo. layoff far is from a standout; 1 work since Oct. 20 is red flag

Race 7

  1. #8 – Double Whammy (8-1): Appears PTK/Kobiskie struck gold claiming this one last out; destroyed N2L field in hand ride
  2. #2 – Wonderful Union (10-1): Distance suits him; threat to go gate-to-wire second time out for high win percentage barn
  3. #3 – Coach Fridge (5-2): Has a bad case of “second-itis” (2nd 14 times from 34 starts w/ 2 wins); ran winning race in last

Race 8

  1. #1 – Toast of Mayfair (5-1): Draw a line through off track effort; if she runs back to her debut win, she hits wire first
  2. #8 – Mondor (7-2): Trainer thought enough of her to run at Aqu for $50k Starter; failed as favorite chasing slow fractions
  3. #2 – Lindisfarne (9-5): Have to respect Rudy Rodriguez shippers, especially when winning at 31% clip 1st time w/ trainer

Race 9

  1. #4 – Scienziato (8-1): $Longshot Play$ An 0 for 18 runner, but have to like the 2 bullet works as prep for 1st try at distance
  2. #10 – Geraldine (5-2): Took huge drop in last but still came up empty as 2nd choice (red flag); owns top Bris Prime Power #
  3. #2 – Better Way (4-1): Owner/Trainer just got her at auction for $3,500; no risk – all reward but 10 lb. bug boy is 0 for Lrl
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.