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, 5 w/ 2, 4, 7 ($18)
    • Race 3: $0.50 Pick Three: 2, 7, 10 w/ 3, 5, 8 w/ 2, 4, 7 ($13.50)
    • Race 5: $0.20 Jackpot Pick 5: 2, 4, 7 w/ 3, 5, 9 w/ 2, 5, 7 w/ 1, 8  w/ 5, 6 ($21.60)
    • Race 7: $0.50 Pick Three: 2, 5, 7  w/ 1, 3, 8  w/ 4, 5, 6 ($13.50)
    • Race 9: $2 Double: 4, 5, 6  w/ 4, 9, 10 ($18)
SPECIAL PLAYS Best Bet: Race 3/#2 – Hug a Tree (7-2)

Longshot: Race 4/#3 – Well Played (15-1)

 

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

Race 1

  1. #5 – Go On Darling (5-2): Should get early lead and set own pace w/ Russell in irons sniffing #1000  
  2. #1/1A – Captain Munnings/Pistolina (8-5): Prefer #1A as she exits ITM finish in $100k stakes          
  3. #2 – Sara Rocks (9-2): Has gotten no love at the windows since Iannotti claim 3 back

Race 2

  1. #7 – Kings Village (5-2): Tough race filled w/ much older horses; this 9 y.o. gives 100% each race
  2. #2 – Special Congrats (6-1): M. Moore reclaimed from recent effort; has won at this level for barn
  3. #4 – Star of Sarava (10-1): Way over his head in recent effort; back to level he can succeed          

Race 3

  1. #2 – Hug a Tree (7-2): *Best Bet* Amazingly one of the few early speed in this group of 10 sprinting     
  2. #7 – Flashy Zee (3-1): Prefer #1A of this duo; stretch out will help chances    
  3. #10 – Kobuk Valley (8-1): too many questions to be thrilled about odds

Race 4

  1. #3 – Well Played (15-1): $Longshot Play$ Blinkers off after lone race w/ them on as PT fav OTB; like recent works since then    
  2. #5 – Scamalot (6-1): A bit leery of class drop but has early speed to wire this group                        
  3. #8 – Money Fan (3-1): 3 consecutive SHOW efforts at this level makes him a threat to break out       

Race 5

  1. #7 – Private Tale (3-1): Russell/Jacobson a lethal combo; 7 y.o. hits bottom of barrel; 2 for 2 @ Lrl  
  2. #4 – Seventy Niner (5-2): Carrasco/Gonzalez team winning at 30% clip at meet; Brisnet# has risen past 7 efforts
  3. #2/2X – Rainbowappears/Cotton Won (8-1): Would like to see just #2X run; bad break in last time spelled doom  

Race 6

  1. #5 – Sabbiadoro (6-1): Should improve going long for second time in career; pacesetter
  2. #3 – Breezed Bayou  (4-1): 3rd in debut to a monster going 6f was a prep to get ready to go two-turns
  3. #9 – Magnum Opus (3-1): Beaten fav took time to regroup for A. Dutrow; added distance may help  

Race 7

  1. #5 – Lo and Behold (3-1): Just missed in debut when 6 ahead of Show horse; same trip gets the win  
  2. #7 – Revolve (7-2): Hard Spun FTS for Godolphin/McLaughlin shows nice work tab  
  3. #2 – Rose Essence (6-1): Beaten fav in both career outings & OTB; Off 2 months, Jenkins 28% off layoff  

Race 8 

  1. #1/1A – Kowboy King/Bold Curlin (4-1): Prefer #1A as he’s been facing better; can handle these N2X types
  2. #8 – Curlin’s Kid (6-1): Last 2 have been key races; lifetime best Brisnet# came at today’s distance           
  3. #3 – Casiguapo (10-1): Cannizzo ships in from Big A trying to regain ridglings 3 y.o. form        

Race 9

  1. #4 – Last Confession (6-5): Surprised barn in debut win at 32-1; post-debut works better than before      
  2. #6 – Thinks He’s a Bird (6-1): Protected in here at same AOC level when in for tag last race… a winning one
  3. #5 – I’m Mr. Blue (7-2): Flew to victory 3rd straight victory while improving Brisnet# along the way

Race 10

  1. #4 – Jacob Marley (3-1): Excuses in both career outings, takes drop and stretches out; Camacho’s only mount      
  2. #9 – Our R J (5-2): Continues to drop in search of maiden score in 7th try; could get Russell his 1000th win
  3. #10 – Plundering (15-1): X-Man takes mount for Contessa NY shipper taking class plunge after bad debut


YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Last full card to recap of previously posted selections are from Monday, Feb. 16th at Laurel had 8 winners from 10 races (6 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $5.80 (1st race), $4.40 (2nd), $9.60 (4th), $10.60 (5th), $10.80 (6th), $8.00 (8th), $24.40 (9th) and $5.00 (10th). Of the suggested Multi-Race Wagers cashed the DOUBLE (R1-R2) for $15.00. 
  • The BEST BET of the Day (18: 4-6-1) Savvy Street (8th race: 5-1 M/L; 3-1 PT) rated close up between rivals, steadied briefly when easing back between rivals leaving the far turn, regrouped and was patiently rated mid turn, dropped towards the rail entering the lane, edged up behind horses then altered out for room leaving the three sixteenths, was bumped by COMBAT DIVER when rallying between foes a sixteenth from home, dueled under left handed encouragement and got the bob to win by a nose and return $8.00 to WIN, $4.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
  • The LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (15: 2-0-5) Peppermint Prince (4th race: 10-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) bumped at the break, recovered and tracked a contested pace five wide, responded when given his cue nearing the quarter pole, rallied under solid left handed rousing to take command nearing the eighth pole then pulled away to win by 3¾ lengths to return $9.60 to WIN, $5.40 to PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.