The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park, including a daily best bet, longshot play, and multi-race wagers — including the 10 cent Rainbow Pick-6 ($1,116 carryover), the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 ($3,815 carryover) and the new 50 cent Super High 5 (carryover $942).

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  3, 4, 6 w/ 1, 5, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  2, 6, 7 w/ 5, 9 w/ 2, 3, 12 w/ 2, 10 w/ 10 w/ 1, 7, 11 ($10.80)
  • Race 4: $0.20 Jackpot Pick-5  5, 9, 10 w/ 2, 3, 12 w/ 2, 10, 13 w/ 2, 7, 10 w/ 1, 7, 11 ($48.60)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-3 2, 10, 13 w/ 2, 7, 10 w/ 1, 7, 11 ($13.50)
  • Race 7: $2 Double 2, 7, 10 w/ 1, 7, 11 ($18)
  • Race 8: $0.50 Super High 5  1 w/ 7, 11 w/ 7, 11 w/ 5, 8, 10, 15 w/ 5, 8, 10, 15 ($12)  

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 8 / #1 – Pret Say Eye (9-2)
  • Longshot: Race 6 / #2 – Moral High Ground (12-1)

 

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

* Laurel Park has four (4) races (4th, 6th, 7th, 8th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the D.C. suburbs on Friday afternoon (remember, twilight racing w/ 1st race Post Time 3:40pm EDT) is for 100% SUNNY skies, low humidity (55%; yeah that’s low for these parts in July) with ZERO chance of rain and temps in the low 80’s. The below selections in those races are based on the belief they will be run ON the TURF.

Race 1

  1. #6 – Backyard Boogie (9-5): 1st start for McMahon off claim; jock upgrade  
  2. #3 – Changingoftheguard (5-1): Does best work @ Lrl (15: 6-2-2) & distance (15: 7-3-1)  
  3. #4 – Flashy Eyed Pearl (5-2): Away since Jan. but nice works; steep drop a concern         

 

Race 2

  1. #7 – Ski Bare (5-1): Undefeated on dirt (1 for 1) after adding Lasix & Blks in 3rd start      
  2. #5 – Tiza Clever Won (2-1): Bred for 2-turns; Trombetta places runners to get “W”s        
  3. #1 – Anythingicandoforu (10-1): How about win?! Hasn’t caught fast track since Eppler claim yet she’s never been OTB (4: 1-2-1) on such surface             

 

Race 3

  1. #6 – Anita Vacation (7-2): Gonzalez 2nd off claim angle been a winning one (30%)
  2. #2 – Mondor (7-5): Best on paper but how does this $20k drop off claim make sense?!    
  3. #7 – Purple Friday (6-1): 5 y.o. w/ just 5 starts been away 15 months has less baggage than others   

 

* Race 4

  1. #5 – Sassafras Springs (10-1): CT shipper grass debut; damsire More Than Ready           
  2. #9 – Olga Payne (3-1): Only runner to have won on Lrl turf; 1st start for McMahon
  3. #10 – Italian Delight (5-1): Wanted to debut on turf last Oct. at higher level; interesting      

 

Race 5

  1. #3 – Citation Star (7-2): Not embarrassed in both MSW efforts; Victor’s call over #12
  2. #2 – Mountain Man (20-1):Strange claim ($8k Mdn) when 74-1; gelded, adds blinkers  
  3. #12 – Portuguese Prince (2-1): Speed figures keep rising; extra furlong & drop = Win?       

 

* Race 6

  1. #2 – Moral High Ground (12-1): $Longshot Play$ 1st start for barn patiently waiting turf; jock upgrade    
  2. #10 – Stack the Storm (3-1): Tam runners been doing well after migrating north  
  3. #13 – Proper Heiress (8-1): Won on grass at this level & distance w/ traffic 3 back

 

* Race 7

  1. #10 – Warleigh (2-1): This field lacks early speed, he could go gate-2-wire
  2. #2 – Riding That Train (12-1): WV-bred son of Bop should like grass; class is question              
  3. #7 – Nighcut (15-1): Only one w/ 2 wins at distance; runs well off he bench

 

* Race 8

  1. #1 – Pret Say Eye (9-2): *Best Bet* N2L might have tough task but has best Brisnet turf fig    
  2. #11 – Smart N Smokin (6-1): Nice efforts @ Pim going 5f but needs/gets 5½ today    
  3. #7 – Rapid Rhythm (8-1): Impressive in debut (turf sprint), forgiving recent effort  

 

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Sunday July 5th at Laurel had 4 winners from 8 races (1 Top Pick payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $3.60 (2nd race), $20.60 (3rd), $6.60 (6th) and $25.00 (7th).
  • The BEST BET of the Day (64: 15-16-11) Silver Rock (5th race: 9-2 M/L; 9-2 PT) was steadied entering the first turn, was outrun while entering the stretch 3-wide then was not urged through the lane while crossing under the wire 8th.
  • The LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (57: 10-6-12) Ben’s Girl (3rd race: 10-1 M/L; 9-1 PT) angled in early, hugged the rail, found room along the rail in the stretch, bid for the lead near the sixteenth pole and narrowly prevailed by a neck to return $20.60 to WIN, $6.80 to PLACE and $3.80 to SHOW.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.