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 — 2, 5, 7 w/ 3, 5, 6 ($18)
    • Race 3: $0.50 Pick 3 — 1, 5, 8 w/ 1, 2, 7 w/ 1, 4, 9 ($13.50)
    • Race 5: $0.20 Jackpot Pick 5 — 1, 4, 9 w/ 1, 2, 3 w/ 2, 9 w/ 4, 7 w/ 1, 5 ($14.40)
    • Race 7: $0.50 Pick 3 — 2, 8, 9 w/ 1, 4, 7 w/ 1, 2, 5 ($13.50)

 

SPECIAL PLAYS Best Bet: Race 5/Saratoga Valley

Longshot: Race 1/Paris Is Art

 

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

Race 1

  1. #5 – Paris Is Art (15-1): $Longshot Play$ 1 for 1 at 9f; Russell/Shuman duo is lethal
  2. #7 – Hurricane Creek (9-2): First start for Gonzalez off claim; 2 for 2 at distance
  3. #2 – Cracker Jack Dad (5-2): Beaten favorite in last for Robb who wins at 29% clip next out.

Race 2

  1. #5 – Lady Terp (5-2): Nice effort off the bench; needs to improve off the effort
  2. #6 – Little Miss Fitz (2-1): Runner-up at this level when first start for McMahon
  3. #3 – Curlin N Twirlin (5-1): Prx shipper has been ITM in all 3 7f efforts

Race 3

  1. #8 – Better Way (4-1): Away nearly 5 months after disappointing debut for $25k
  2. #1 – Cowgirl Marianne (6-1): Can turn the tables on #3 & #5 w/ alert break from rail
  3. #5 – Vinari (5-2): Been bridesmaid in last two at this level; does she have will to win?

Race 4

  1. #1 – Next Best Thing (7-2): 7f looks like best distance for this Eppler trainee; SCR 1A
  2. #2 – Aix En Provence (4-5): Gonzalez scratched better part of entry (2X)… or did he?
  3. #7 – Charlie Renee (12-1): Cut back in distance might be to right Rx for her

Race 5

  1. #1 – Saratoga Valley (4-1): *Best Bet* Can come right back after maiden win v. this group of N2L
  2. #9 – Gindini (2-1): Runner-up effort at this level when off the bench and huge drop
  3. #4 – Latasense (15-1): One of two class droppers in here; second outing since layoff

Race 6

  1. #2 – Blame Me (5-1): FTS shows nice work tab for Kobiskie who’s 21% with FTS
  2. #1 – Jacob Marely (7-2): Potts claim off debut for $25k was bet (2-1) but had trouble early
  3. #3 – Westside Magic (9-2): FTS for Trombetta; home bred must have been worth keeping

Race 7

  1. #9 – Going to Market (7-2): Got reality check in stakes last out; drops back to right level
  2. #2 – True Greek (5-1): Should get a good pace to chase down in deep stretch
  3. #8 – Golden Glint (3-1): Loves Lrl dirt; a nice stalking trip is in order for “House Horse”

Race 8 

  1. #7 – Last Confession (5-2): Impressive debut even caught barn off guard (32-1)
  2. #4 – Flagndini (3-1): PA-bred Prx invader takes on open company; bullets for ’15 debut
  3. #1 – Because He Can (6-1): The future is bright; plenty of speed for him to catch

Race 9

  1. #1 – Pot of Gold (9-2): Has had success going 7f in the past (9:2-3-1); needs honest pace
  2. #5 – Sir Travis (7-2): Away since April; has 3 wins from 5 races at Lrl
  3. #2 – Outofthedepths (5-1): Sentimental favorite

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Saturday, Feb. 7th at Laurel had 4 winners from 9 races (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $3.40 (1st race), $5.80 (2nd), $10.40 (3rd) and $3.20 (4th). Of the suggested Multi-Race Wagers cashed the Early Double (R1-R2) for $14.00.
  • The BEST BET of the Day (14: 1-5-1) Sunset Street (8th race: 3-1 M/L; 1-5 PT) was lightly steadied nearing the first turn, angled out and prompted the pace three wide, poked a head in front between rivals when soon past the three eighths pole, vied inside the winner leaving the five sixteenths then weakened in the final furlong to finish 4th.
  • The LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (12: 0-0-4) Gursky (7th race: 12-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) took early action opening as the 7-5, floated up to 5-1 at Post Time. Unfortunately, the early money was not smart money as the “Warrior” was 5 –wide into the far turn and continued as such into the stretch where he surrendered to finish 7th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.