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, 4, 6 w/ 5, 6, 7 ($18)
    • Race 3: $0.50 Pick 3 — 1, 2, 7 w/ 1, 3, 4 w/ 2, 5, 8 ($13.50)
    • Race 5: $0.20 Jackpot Pick 5 — 2, 5, 8 w/ 1, 7 w/ 1, 2, 12 w/ 1, 6 w/ 1, 6 ($14.40)
    • Race 7: $0.50 Pick 3 — 1, 2, 12 w/ 1, 2, 6 w/ 1, 5, 6 ($13.50)

 

SPECIAL PLAYS Best Bet: Race 5/Blue Hen Madness

Longshot: Race 2/Greek Warrior

 

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

Race 1

  1. #1 – Any Court Inastorm (7-5): Ran a huge Brisnet# (94) in last when beaten just a neck
  2. #6 – Fuhr Gerry (15-1): Addition of a cheek piece may be the answer, look at recent A.M. bullets
  3. #4 – Bravest (8-5): Beaten favorite in last 2 efforts but knocking on the door

Race 2

  1. #7 – Greek Warrior (8-1): $Longshot Play$ Cut back in distance a good thing; back class on dirt
  2. #5 – Ifimlyinimdyin (6-1): Pen shipper drops in for a tag in Lrl debut
  3. #6 – Joey Whispers (2-1): Gonzalez re-claim; loves Lrl dirt (8 of 15) & distance (6 of 13)

Race 3

  1. #2 – Candida H. (8-5): Exits MD Juv. Filly Championship as beaten favorite; Adds blinkers
  2. #7 – More Than This (9-2): A. Dutrow trainee well backed in both career outings but disappointed
  3. #1 – Doukas (7-5): NY shipper for Rudy Rod threw a clunker in last when 6-5 favorite at Big A

Race 4

  1. #1 – Salsalito (5-2): Becomes an immediate threat w/ Ness first start after claim
  2. #4 – Minor Crisis (8-5): Only win came on Presque Isle poly-crap; has case of “second-itis”
  3. #3 – Sideways Vision (8-1): Drops to lowest level of career; Is Contessa looking to unload?

Race 5

  1. #8 – Blue Hen Madness (4-1): *Best Bet* Make first start off claim for Potts barn, steps up after neck loss
  2. #5 – Jeyran (5-2): Two starts, two runner-up finishes; logical pick, but only 1 work since Dec. 20 race
  3. #2 – Elusive Heart (7-2): Huge disappointment when 3-5 favorite in most recent outing

Race 6

  1. #7 – Synchronous (2-1): Prx shipper gets rare jock/trainer combo that score in 3 of 7 efforts
  2. #1/1A – Throwback/Brother Mark (3-1): Duo are only 2 time winners on Lrl oval in this contest
  3. #2 – Curlin’s Kid (9-2): Held his own at this level last outing

Race 7

  1. #1 – Wholly Hughes (3-1): Potts drops this one a few notches; wins at 36% clip on drop
  2. #2 – Speedy Getaway (12-1): Brisnet# (73) at FL is highest from last race among this group
  3. #12 – Addaquart (15-1): Last race might have indicated start of getting old form back

Race 8 

  1. #6 – Mallory Street (5-2): Street Sense filly will love added distance
  2. #1 – Understanding (7-2): Group has plenty of early speed to help this closer’s chances
  3. #2 – We’ll Talk (3-1): Safe to say 7f is her favor distance (5 of 7)

Race 9

  1. #1 – Regal Warrior (5-2): Drops in from Starter Allowance; Sillaman does well 2nd off the claim
  2. #6 – Pluracity (7-2): 10 y.o. makes 94th start; great record at today’s distance (11:5-4-1)
  3. #5 – Set to Go (4-1): Wins and drops?! No breezes in the A.M. since Dec. 17th win

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Sunday, Feb. 1st at Laurel had 8 winners from 9 races (4 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $3.20 (1st race), $5.60 (2nd), $3.80 (3rd), $10.60 (4th), $11.20 (5th), $4.80 (6th), $2.60 (8th) and $4.40 (9th). Of the suggested Multi-Race Wagers cashed the EARLY DOUBLE (R1-R2) for $11.00 and R3-R5 PICK-3 for $22.15.
  • The BEST BET of the Day (12: 0-5-1) My Magician (8th race: 6-1 M/L; 3-1 PT) close up early, advanced three deep outside horses leaving the turn, was fanned to the four path turning for home, bid for the lead between horses in mid-stretch and finished gamely to just miss by a head to return $5.80 to PLACE and $6.20 (that is good) to SHOW.
  • The LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (10: 0-0-4) Pea Patch Point (3rd race: 12-1 M/L; 8-1 PT) broke alertly and was challenged for the early lead in the first quarter, gained a 2 length advantage into the turn but weakened in the final furlong to finish off-the-board.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.