The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park, including a daily best bet, longshot play, and multi-race wagers — including today’s Jackpot Pick 5 with a $80,611 carryover (and a $100,000 guarantee to a single winner)!

Unfortunately (for bettors), GQ is off on a secret mission and has left the GQ Approach in the hands of his ne’er-do-well cousin, QG, whose handicapping is a bit hit-and-miss.  Consider yourself warned.

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  • Multi-race wagers? Let’s see if QG can tout a winner before we ask him to play multis, shall we?

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Race 1

  1. #5 – Clock Stopper (5-1): First time for a tag for Midnight Lute filly who’s shown talent, had issues that have kept her off the track
  2. #3 – Heavenly Sky (2-1): Mixed signals from last; winner lost by 20 next out, place horse ran well twice.
  3. #2 – Cinnamonjellybean (5-2): Ship-in trainer ITM 82% at Laurel.

Race 2

  1. #2 – Twenty Black (7-5): 10-time winner looks solid on the drop for high-% trainer
  2. #1 – Killin Them Softly (6-1): Speedster stuck on dead-rail day last out, picks up Russell in the irons
  3. #3 – Mendassity (2-1):Ideal trip last out to win going shorter, but winless at 6f

Race 3

  1. #2 – No Brakes (6-1): 10-year-old showed nothing last out on difficult surface, makes amends here
  2. #1 – Set to Go (9-5): Winless in 5 at the distance; all other signs positive
  3. #3 – Strike ‘n Spare (12-1): Best game looks to be on the engine, and Big Brown gelding figures main speed here

Race 4

  1. #7 – Salsalito (3-1): Knocking on the door, with three straight ITM against similar; today’s the day?
  2. #5Broad Moon (5-1): Can use speed to his advantage here, but 20-1-5-1 ledger gives pause
  3. #6 – Rottingdean (2-1): Hard to know what to do with badly named Brit import, but short odds make him a no-play here

Race 5

  1. #7 – Greek Warrior (2-1): Magee runner looks to sit the right trip from outside stall
  2. #3 – Show Me the Way (6-1): Rises off the claim, beat similar three back, speed to burn
  3. #1a – Cusabo (10-1): Enters off a win, and better efforts fit with the likes of these

Race 6

  1. #5 – Mondor (5-1): Talent here — first out winner and was 2nd a nose in restricted stake — but mental makeup in question. Once more into the breach!
  2. #4 – Danzatrice (1-2): Lynch shipper get 1st Lasix, but lengthy break a cause for concern and high-pct trainer <50% ITM off similar rests
  3. #1 – Blue Hen Madness (6-1): Runner paid immediate dividends for trainer off the claim, drops back to distance that suits

Race 7

  1. #7 – Puget Sounds (9-2): Ness claim-back ought to appreciate major class relief here
  2. #4 – Pluracity (5-2): Kobiskie runner loves the distance, makes the date condition by just six days — but barn and rider ice-cold
  3. #9 – Magic Lion (4-1): Magee runner rides two-race win streak

Race 8 

  1. #2 – Starry Moon (6-1): Trombetta trainee should sit the right trip in second off the bench; winner of last ran 2nd in AQU stake w/ 104 Beyer
  2. #5 – Cerro (7-5): Talented runner survives the speed duel but can’t hold off the cavalry
  3. #6 – Talk Show Man (5-1): Md. Million Turf winner away since falling in November stake; curious to see his return today

Race 9

  1. #3 — Inspired Voyage (9-2) — Rallied smartly after disastrous beginning in debut race, drops from MSW company, and gets hot rider Toledo in the irons
  2. #2 — Lo and Behold (3-1) — Drops back to level where 2nd a nose in debut, but note that Toledo jumps ship for #3
  3. #4 — Miss Charlotte (12-1) — Showed good speed in debut show effort, and the three immediately behind her all returned to win



  • Let’s not blame poor GQ for any of what QG is about to foist off on the world.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.