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: 3, 4, 6  w/ 1, 5, 7 ($18)
    • Race 3: $0.50 Pick Three: 2, 4, 9 w/ 1, 4, 6 w/ 3, 5, 10 ($13.50)
    • Race 5: $0.20 Jackpot Pick 5: 3, 5, 10 w/ 2, 9, 10 w/ 3, 4, 8 w/ 1, 8 w/ 4, 7 ($21.60) 
    • Race 7: $0.50 Pick Three: 3, 4, 8 w/ 1, 6, 8 w/ 2, 4, 7 ($13.50)
    • Race 9: $2 Double: 2, 4, 7 w/ 3, 4, 11 ($18)

 

SPECIAL PLAYS Best Bet: Race 6/#2 – Herman’s Wildcat (7-2)

Longshot: Race 7/#3 – Tricky Lion (6-1)

 

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

Race 1

  1. #3 – Don’s Honour (2-1): Consistent 7 y.o. loves distance (11: 5-2-1)
  2. #6 – Cover Price (9-2): Troubled trip last outing when off as 2nd choice            
  3. #4 – Senor Quickie (12-1): Just 5 wins from 46 career starts but 2 of 4 going 5½ f 

Race 2

  1. #1 – Tripmeister (3-1): Nationally known owner claimed him 2 back, drops to winning level 
  2. #7 – Cloudy River (8-5): CA castoff takes steep class drop for local bow; Carrasco/Lake win 24% clip
  3. #5 – Silver Bop (12-1): Owners getting realistic in placing him here; no wide trip today             

Race 3

  1. #4 – Joey Whispers (6-5): Shhhhhhh! Old-timer loves winning at Laurel (16: 8-0-1)     
  2. #9 – King Rock  (4-1): Surprisingly low M/L based on FE and Tam class while coming off bench; like works     
  3. #2 – Brimstone Island (20-1): Campbell had this gelding is his hay day; can get back class

Race 4

  1. #1 – High Wire Act (9-2): Away since Turkey Day; runs well fresh and can set modest pace  
  2. #4 – Fifth Amendment (7-2): Disappointed as lukewarm fav in last 2 races; can make amends today
  3. #6 – Geraldine (4-1): Has done well at Laurel (4: 1-1-2); Brisnet#’s trending upward

Race 5

  1. #10 – Toby Who (6-1): Jock switch could pay dividends as this mare can compete w/ these
  2.  #3 – Latasense (15-1): Lone win came at this (6f) distance; cut back from 7f could be key    
  3.  #5 – O Reely (12-1): 1 for 18 lifetime has hit bottom but showed life in most recent at this level  

Race 6

  1. #2 – Herman’s Wildcat (7-2): *Best Bet* Just one of two to have beaten winners; early speed on frozen track = win
  2. #9 – Pony Romo (4-1): Found herself in unfamiliar territory (back of the pack) when squeezed/steadied early in last
  3. #10 – Hereshecomesagain (5-1): “…When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky”; takes logical class drop  

Race 7

  1. #3 – Tricky Lion (6-1): $Longshot Play$ Yeah, yeah jock is 0 for 15 at meet but this gelding has run into 3 straight buzzsaws    
  2. #8 – Portuguese Prince (15-1): Showed late foot on grass in debut last Sept.; nice trainer angle when drops in for tag
  3. #4 – Magician’s Bullet (10-1): Trombetta gave this one time off to regroup; Feb. works are encouraging   

Race 8 

  1. #1 – Lost in Success (2-1): Rudy Rod NY shipper w/ speed been away for 60 days, returns w/ Blinkers
  2. #8 – Brown Rice (8-1): Big Brown lovers, here’s another progeny; 1st off 90 day layoff does well on fast track
  3. #6 – Distorted Disciple (12-1): Exits event facing better; has a few near misses at this $25kN3L level

Race 9

  1. #4 – Extrasexyhippzster (7-2): 2nd start after long layoff; was a promising sort in Spring, tested Derby Trail
  2. #7 – Negrito (6-1): OTB just once in 11 career efforts; continues to climb the class ladder… successfully
  3. #2 – Never Stop Looking (6-1): Hard knocking 6 y.o been consistently ITM but just 1 for 25 on fast track

Race 10

  1. #11 – Z Z Thunder (2-1): Has the speed and right track conditions to go gate-2-wire to graduate 
  2.  #3 – Henrys Way (8-1): Class drop alone makes him a contender but small outfit is 0 for 15 at meet
  3.  #4 – Nate’s Dynamite (3-1): A distant runner-up in most recent effort; Shuman is 20% w/ 1st start for barn  


YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Old man winter is killing us! It’s been so long since Laurel Park has conducted a full card of racing, that the LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY  winner (Peppermint Prince) from the most previous GQ Approach post, is entered to run today.
  • Speaking of the most recent post, which was on 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.